Comic Book Trivia: Test Your Knowledge!

Yesterday we hosted a comic book trivia night at Mission: Comics and Art in San Francisco. Congratulations to the New New Mutants who scored an impressive 29/30 en route to first place, and $100 in store merchandise!

Now for a chance to test your knowledge. Partly for posterity, and partly to avoid doing a new comics post this week, here’s last night’s quiz in its entirety (sans all the cleaver lead-ins, witty banter, and alcohol-influenced hints). Before you start Googling all the answers, see how many you can nail down with your own.

Question #1
Before he took on his iconic green shade in Incredible Hulk (#2), what color was the Hulk?

Question #2
What is the only comic to have won a Pulitzer Prize?

Question #3
What was Black Panther director Ryan Coogler’s first feature film?

Question #4
Before the rights were purchased, which company was the original publisher of DC’s Captain Marvel?

Question #5
In which comic book series did Thanos make his first appearance?

Question #6
Alongside Gilbert and Jaime, who is the third Hernandez Bro?

Question #7
Which comic book publisher tried its hand at a connected superhero universe with its “Comics’ Greatest World” initiative from 93-96?

Question #8
What compound is added as a buffer to acid-free boards to counter the acids released over time in comic book paper?

Question #9
He introduced us to Batman’s son, Damian Wayne; created The Invisibles for DC’s Vertigo imprint; and is the current Editor-in-Chief of legendary illustrated magazine Heavy Metal.  Who is…?

Question #10
She was instrumental in bringing life to DC’s Vertigo imprint, serving as its Executive Editor and Senior Vice President until 2012. The New York Times called her “Comics’ Mother of The Weird Stuff” Who is…?

Question #11
Which toy company licenses out the rights for G.I. Joe?

Question #12
What is the name of Winsor McCay’s animated dinosaur with whom he interacted in live vaudeville performances?

Question #13
Selina Kyle is the secret identity of which comic book character?

Question #14
What are the four colors referred to in the four color process?

Question #15
Of these 90’s Valiant characters, which one was an original Valiant creation?
a) Dr. Solar
b) Magnus, Robot Fighter
c) Turok, Dinosaur Hunter
d) X-O Manowar

Question #16
What is the name of Dale Messick’s eponymous comic strip, starring a newspaper reporter, that ran from 1940 to 2011?

Question #17
Of the 100 top-selling individual comics of 2017, all but one series was published by either Marvel or DC. Name the one non-Marvel, non-DC series to crack the list.

Question #18
Which country hosts Europe’s largest annual comic book convention?

Question #19
Name three movies in which Chris Evans has portrayed a different comic book-inspired character. (Bonus point if you get all FIVE!)

Question #20
Unscramble the anagram:

Questions #21 through 25 are artist identifications, one each from five different eras of comic book history.

Question #21
Golden Age (< 1956)

Question #22
Silver Age (1956 – 1972)

Question #23
Bronze Age (1972 – 1985)

Question #24
“Steel” Age (1986 – 2000)

Question #25
“Diamond” Age (2001 – Present)

Questions #26 through 30 are part of the Imagram. Identify the characters in the puzzle below, and then use the circled letters to solve the final clue.
And, finally, a tiebreaker question…

It still holds the record for the highest selling single issue of all time. How many copies of X-Men Vol. 2, #1 (1991) were shipped to retailers?

There! Not so tough, right? When we do this again, I’ve promised more “stupid science questions.” Also, I was so worried about my Marvel bias influencing the proceedings that I ended up finalizing more DC questions than anything else. Whoops. But a good time all around. Next time, I also promise to drink less. I think I was leaking hints all over the place.

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