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Comic Book Trivia Questions and Answers

Trivia quiz questions with answers about comic books.

 

Comic Book Trivia Questions and Answers

What is a comic book?
A: A comic book is a publication that consists of comics art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes that tell a story.

Panels are often accompanied by brief what?
A: Descriptive prose and narrative, usually dialog contained in word balloons.

Comic books were first popularized in the United States during what decade?
A: The 1930s.

What was the name of the first modern comic book, released in the United States in 1933?
A: Famous Funnies.

Comics as a print medium have existed in America since the printing of what?
A: The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck in 1842 in hardcover.

That makes it the first known American what?
A: Prototype comic book.

The introduction of Superman in 1938 turned comic books into a what?
A: A major industry, and ushered the Golden Age of Comics.

 

Before the superhero comics, pulp magazines featured heroic stories and are considered what?
A: Predecessors to superhero comic books.

Historians have proposed several names for this time before the Golden Age, the most common being what?
A: The "Platinum Age."

What was the first known proto-comic-book magazine in the U.S. called?
A:  The Yellow Kid in McFadden's Flats, in 1897.

The 196-page, black-and-white publication, measured 5×7 inches and sold for how much?
A: 50 cents.

The neologism "comic book" appears where?
A: On the back cover.

The first monthly comic book, Comic Monthly, did not appear until what year?
A: 1922.

It was produced in an 8½-by-9-inch format and lasted how long?
A: A year.

 

In the early 1970s a surge of creativity emerged in what became known as what?
A: Underground comics.

Underground comics were almost never sold where?
A: At newsstands.

Underground comics were sold where?
A: In youth-oriented outlets like head shops and record stores, and by mail order.

In 1964, Richard Kyle coined what term to distinguish newly translated European works from genre-driven subject matter common in American comics?
A: Graphic Novel.

The very first issue of the Marvel magazine 'The Amazing Spider-Man' was number 1 and that was followed by number 2 until what?
A: The end of the run which ran to the hundreds.

Number 1 is commonly the rarest and most desirable to who?
A: Collectors.

The first appearance of a character might be in a what?
A: An existing title.

 

Where was Spider-Man's first appearance?
A: In Amazing Fantasy number 15.

As of December 2010, how many comic books have sold for over $1 million USD?
A: Four.

When the original pages of artwork are returned by the printer, they are typically given back to whom?
A: The artists, who sometimes sell them at comic book conventions.

The original pages of the first appearances of such legendary characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-man are considered what?
A: Priceless.