Classic Comic Strips: A Quiz Deck

Classic Comic Strips: A Quiz Deck
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Classic Comic Strips: A Quiz Deck
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With 48 fact-filled cards per package, Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information—all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards. Size: 3¼ x 4".

By Don Root.

ISBN 9780764957697

Product Description

Inside this box is a behind-the-panels peek at the present and past of a great American art form: the comic strip. Presented as an engaging trivia quiz, Classic Comic Strips covers it all: from simple silliness to superheroes, from sci-fi battles to social commentary, from single-panel sight gags to lush and colorful Sunday spreads.

On the fronts of the 48 enclosed quiz cards are questions, appropriately framed within cartoon word balloons. On the backs, in addition to the answers, Classic Comic Strips delves into the backgrounds of the characters, the lives of the artists, and the funny business (including Pulitzer Prizes and billions of dollars in marketing revenue) of comic strips. Like its subject matter, this deck is satisfying as a solo study and when read aloud to the peanut gallery.


Sample Card Text

Which cartoonist has had insects named after him? And what’s the name of his famous strip, which originally was called Nature’s Way? [1980–1995]

Answer The Far Side, created by Gary Larson
The louse Strigiphilus garylarsoni and the butterfly Serratoterga larsoni are both named for Gary Larson, whom Natural History magazine once called “the unofficial cartoonist laureate of the scientific community.” In The Far Side, Larson’s twisted humor frequently involved anthropomorphic bugs and other creatures that were more interesting—and often more intelligent—than humans. Larson’s interest in animals began in childhood, when he loved exploring a local swamp brimming with lizards and salamanders. Later he worked for the Humane Society. As a cartoonist, Larson found cows to be a particularly rich source of humor—“the quintessentially absurd animal” he called them. And the term he once invented for the tail spikes of a stegosaurus (“thagomizer,” in honor of the late caveman Thag Simmons) has since become accepted slang among paleontologists. Though Larson retired The Far Side on January 1, 1995, you’ll still find the strip taped to walls in science labs and classrooms worldwide.