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Are Disney comics "the world's most translated"?

In the bottom-right corner on page 34 of Walt Disney's Kalle Anka & C:o issue number 29, 16th July of 1990, there is this bizarre claim, translated here to English by me: Disney news Did you know ...
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What is the subtextual meaning of the kittle vs kettle in Krazy Kat on 1918-10-03 - Friday?

I'm trying to guess at the implied meaning of the conversation in this Krazy Kat daily strip from 1918-10-03: Ignatz: For goodness sake, Krazy, don't call a 'kettle' a 'kittle'. Krazy: What must I ...
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What is the reason for partial highlighting in "The Sandman"?

I was just re-reading Preludes and Nocturnes, the first volume of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. In the story titled The Sound of Her Wings, the following conversation takes place: Death: You are ...
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What do you call the pages in a comic book/graphic novel that expand on the lore, provide biographical information or have concept art?

Many comic books and graphic novels contain several pages (usually at the end of the book) which may expand on the lore or may contain biographical information about the authors. Others may contain ...
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Mad Magazine comic strip about the philosopher Aristotle being a "damn foreigner"

After the unexpected success I had with my previous identification question regarding a Mad cartoon by Dave Berg, I feel emboldened to ask another. I remember very few details, but it's something like ...
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Mad Magazine comic strip about a boy pondering over existence (and "I think, therefore I am")

I'm trying to find a comic strip that originally appeared in Mad and was reprinted in a paperback collection of material from that magazine. I read it in the paperback collection. The strip shows a ...
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Why does Morpheus look like Neil Gaiman?

I'm probably revealing my ignorance about The Sandman and comic books here. Why does Morpheus look like the writer who created him, Neil Gaiman? On the left - younger Neil Gaiman (src); on the right -...
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What is the earliest hybrid graphic novel?

Malice (2009) was the first hybrid graphic novel I read, though I've seen more than one other since. By "hybrid graphic novel," I mean a book that contains passages of both traditional, unillustrated ...
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Why would Image Comics publish "Sunstone", after it was released as a webcomic?

Stjepan Sejic's Sunstone was first published as a webcomic on his DeviantArt account (and is still available there), as was his Death Vigil. Linda Sejic's Blood Stain is published on her DeviantArt ...
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Old Eagle Novel - Was Northbrook Boarding or Day School?

I recently acquired an old novel by Peter Ling, based on the now defunct Eagle comic. Entitled, The Three Js and the Pride of Northbrook, it followed the adventures of three boys whose first names all ...
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When did the Rupert Bear stories start repeating themselves?

Some years ago I used to collect Rupert Bear annuals. I had a huge collection going all the way back to the 1940s, with some gaps which I slowly filled in over the years, and every time I got a new ...
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Is there "Joker interviewing on a talk show" in DC comic books too?

There are two scenes in movies that the Joker had interviewed on a TV channel. One in the Joker (2019 movie) and one in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (2013 animated movie); and in both Joker ...
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Why does "Watchmen" use the 9-panel grid?

Watchmen, the 1986 comic written by Alan Moore and drawn/lettered by Dave Gibbons, is recogniseable (among other features) for the schematic of its comic pages - they all use the 9-panel grid: Image ...
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Which Tintin books were redrawn by Hergé?

The first nine albums were originally published in black and white, with colored editions to appear later: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (never redrawn in colour ) Tintin in the Congo Tintin in ...
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What's the significance of the hoofed figure walking a fish in "A Day at the Park"?

"A Day at the Park" is an excellent philosophical comic by Kostas Kiriakakis, featuring two rather odd-looking creatures discussing the merits of questions and answers. (It applies very well ...
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What's the significance of the witches' name change in Sandman?

As mentioned in another question, the three witches are very significant in The Sandman. While that other question asks for their significance in general, I have a much more specific question to ask. ...
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Finding comic referenced in semi-classic physics problem

A physics problem in my book (and apparently in others, from the hits Google gives) goes Comic-strip hero Superman meets an asteroid in outer space and hurls it at 800 m/s, as fast as a bullet. The ...
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Why were these animals used to represent the different countries in Maus?

In Art Spiegelman's Maus, he represents different people from different countries as different animals. For instance, he represents the Jews as mice, the Germans as cats, the Polish as pigs, the ...
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WWII (?) comic about a spy doing propaganda for the bad guys

The story, so far... When I was a kid, I read a story about a guy, who was sent to a country as a spy. He ended up working with doing propaganda for said countrys government, but is secretly sending ...
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Are the Asterix comics about a drug culture?

The potions used in Asterix comic books resemble the methamphetamine usage of World War II. Has the drug culture within the comics ever been discussed?
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Does the magic potion provide invincibility or only superhuman strength?

At least the early albums in the Asterix series don't directly tell if the potion gives invincibility in addition to superhuman strength and speed. My impression has been that only Obelix is immortal ...
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Identification of an American comics strip about mathematically shaped pancakes

When making crèpes for my children this morning, I recalled a comics strip I would like to identify. It is American, contemporary and I saw it a few years ago. It features a father who is about to ...
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Comic about Mayas and/or Aztecs invading Europe instead of the other way round

I am looking for a alternative-history comic that I saw a few years ago in which one or more Mesoamerican peoples (the Mayas or the Aztecs or even an alliance of Mesoamerican peoples) invade Europe, ...
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What’s up with the coal in “Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield”?

In Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield, the inhabitants of Gergovia are obsessed with wine and charcoal, all having shops selling both. The coal is used for a running gag in the book as the Romans ...
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I'm looking for a comic where Huey, Dewey or Louie has a girlfriend

It's a series of still images (comic). I believe it's quite old, probably from between 1960-1980. It's about Huey, Dewey and Louie. Two of them are being sort of rowdy, fighting, doing mischief, etc. ...
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Comic Book about Jupiter and time travel

I'm trying to find out the name of a comic book I read as a kid, probably in the 80s. The story was about an astronaut who is caught in a jupiter storm and is transported to another time. It meets a ...
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Trying to find a comic strip about "What your clothes say about you"

I recall a comic strip about the statement that your clothes make, but don't seem to be able to find it. It goes something like this: Cartoon of a Guy with great hair, smile, and a suit. Caption: &...
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How do Pupp's remarks connect with Krazy's in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936?

This question is about the same Krazy Kat strip (25 July 1936) as in Krazy language in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936, in which Krazy is making a lot of classical references and Pupp is responding: Krazy: ...
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Krazy language in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936

The eponymous hero (or heroine) of George Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoons uses a very peculiar language. Most of the time, it's simply phonetical and is easy to understand, but in the strip that ...
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Is there strong evidence that "room 5" in V for Vendetta was a conscious reference to Room 101?

In 1984, Room 101 is where people are taken to meet their worst fears. In V for Vendetta, room 5 is the room that V is kept in at Larkhill. Since it is labeled with the Roman numeral "V", it is ...
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Where did the Fables get all those weapons in the first place?

In the second volume of Fables, Animal Farm, we see that the Fables possess an enormous amount of various firearms: Where did they come from? Snow White states in the first volume that Fables are on ...
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Which items from Elliot S! Maggin's novel "Last Son of Krypton" mirror the Superman mythos of the comics in the same era?

It's a well-documented fact that the character of Superman has undergone many shifts over the decades. In 1978, Elliot S! Maggin's first Superman novel The Last Son of Krypton was published. Now, you ...
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Does Dr. Manhattan have free will?

In Alan Moore's Watchmen, Doctor Manhattan is a superhero with godlike powers, including the ability to view his past, present, and future simultaneously. Manhattan believes that everything that ...
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Was the Marvel "Punisher" title a response to Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns"?

The Dark Knight Returns was published in 1986, and, along with Watchmen, is regarded as the catalyst for the Dark Age of Comics. More violent than previous mass market titles, these works also ...
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What is the highest number a comic book issue ever achieved naturally?

Action Comics #1000 was first published in the US earlier this year. I got the impression that this seemed to be an unheard of before milestone. Most likely due to the fact that such a daunting ...
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Tan/Brown graphic novel about family in a beach and kid with frog/toad head

I'm trying to find a comic/graphic novel I once saw, but do not remember its name nor author. Here are some things are remember (or think I remember): It was monochromatic, but instead of the normal ...
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Why are comic books listed under PN ("general literature"), and not under authors' respective categories in Library of Congress system?

After starting university and going to the library for some time, I noticed a peculiar thing: comics seem to be grouped under PN irrespective of their authors' general grouping. Take The Sandman ...
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Snoopy can balance on an edge atop his doghouse. Is any reason given for this?

In Peanuts, Snoopy sleeps and does other activities on top of his doghouse. Since the doghouse has a pointy roof, shouldn't he fall down? Why doesn't the below happen every time? Is there a reason ...
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What social group are the Sculpted supposed to represent?

"The Sculpted" is the word used to refer to any non-human inhabitants of the world of The Spire. All of them are different from humans in physical appearance, often quite drastically. "Skew" is a ...
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Why are the magicians who captured Morpheus "rubbish"?

Neil Gaiman is on record saying the people who captured Morpheus in issue #1 (i.e. Roderick Burgess and the Order of the Ancient Mysteries) are completely rubbish, English, sort of Crowley-esque, ...
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What is the origin of Endless' lettering styles in "The Sandman"?

In the prologue of Season of Mists (the fifth volume), a family reunion occurs and the six Endless siblings are formally introduced, and have speaking roles: As shown, each has a unique lettering ...
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Why Night and Time?

In The Sandman - Overture #5 we learn that two entities who were not seen before (in the original run). If there was any doubt that Night and Time are the parents of all the Endless, this post by ...
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How old exactly was Rachel during the witch hunt in Manson?

When the readers learn the true version of the event from James, he says Rachel was but a child (15? 12?) during those events. But Rachel is very old. Her "reboot" mechanism has her come back to life ...
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Why did Lilith help the factory if she wanted Manson destroyed?

In Rachel Rising #38 the readers learn that Lilith once met a banker she had known some 60 years before that, and her acquantance with said banker helped save the factory she worked at. But why would ...
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Complete, single book of Peanuts comics?

While in a Barnes & Noble in the US during our recent holiday (December 2017), I came across a very large and very heavy book (possibly dark red in colour) containing a number of Peanuts comics. I ...
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What is Hobbes?

In the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, Calvin is a boy. He has a tiger friend, who's... a little ambiguous. Is he a doll or a real tiger or a figment of his imagination? To Calvin he ...
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Are the guardians of Dream's palace based on mythology? Are they symbolic?

In chapter 3 of Season of Mists (The Sandman #24), there are three creatures shown guarding the gates of Dream's palace (left). The lion refers to the whole group as "Gatekeepers" (p 20-21). ...
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What does Dream's ruby represent?

In Volume One of The Sandman (Preludes and Nocturnes), Dream is held captive for 70 years. After escaping and taking vengeance on his (only surviving) captor, he returns home, to the Dreamworld. ...
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Why does Lung the Quick's tombstone read "No Unicorns in Heaven"?

I'm reading Digger, and there's a scene in chapter six where Mural is crying next to a tombstone that reads "No Unicorns in Heaven." What does the tombstone mean?
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Does V reference Stanislaw Lem's "His Master's Voice", and if so, why?

I've recently been reading and re-reading Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta. After having skimmed through it multiple times and settling a few questions I had about the continuity, only one ...