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Saturday’s Trivia Contest – Wanton Savagery Edition!

It’s been a while since I did one of these, and it seems like everyone always enjoys them. Certainly, I do… and so it’s time for another Hardcore, Take-No-Prisoners Trivia Contest!

Past contests are here for those that are interested. Last week I asked for suggestions and only Edo Bosnar came through, so that’s what I am going with. This time, it’s all about Savages– past, present, and future!

You know, brawny guys in loincloths. Jungle lords and barbarian hordes. Hot babes in skimpy armor. Lost cities, hidden lands, magic and mystery in an Age Undreamed Of. All of that stuff. Though there will be some questions pulled from superhero comics as well.

Most of these are from old excuse me, CLASSIC comics. Because, well, I’m old, and these are the comics I have on hand. Although I tried to make sure most of the stuff (but not all of it, sadly) that’s referenced here is currently available in some kind of a reprint edition.

Let’s review the rules.

* DON’T POST YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. If you do I will delete them as soon as possible, and probably I will also gently mock your intelligence and reading comprehension skills. No, you must EMAIL YOUR ANSWERS to ghatcher79 (at) gmail.com. Putting “Trivia quiz” in the subject line would be helpful, as well.

* USING GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA IS FROWNED UPON. I’ve tried very hard to make this as internet-proof as I can, but we all know that really can’t be done. So I implore you to cowboy up and try to do this without cheating. Come on, any idiot can type names into a search engine. If you need to look things up, that’s totally fine, there’s certainly no rule against it; I’m not a cruel man. But meet me halfway on this — for God’s sake, pull out the real comics and look at them. Remember, to win you need only have the highest number of correct answers, not all the correct answers.

* CONTEST ENDS AT MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 28. Because the answers will go up in Friday’s column on the 29th.

* THE FINAL RULING ON WHAT CONSTITUTES CORRECT ANSWERS WILL BE MINE. I learned on the first couple of these that many of you are more thorough than me, often offering multiple possible correct answers or bringing up an angle I might not have considered. So if arbitration should become necessary, I will certainly try to be fair and award points to answers that deserve them, but I reserve the right to say, “Hey, it’s my contest, and I’m doing it this way.” In case of a tie score, the prize goes to the email with the earliest timestamp.

* AND DON’T POST YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION! I know, I already said that, but it bears repeating. Seriously, it ruins the fun for everyone.

And what are they playing for, Greg?

A very classy reprint from Fantagraphics of Gil Kane’s Blackmark.

If you know anything about comics history you probably know this project. This is a sword-and-sorcery romp from the mighty Gil Kane, meant to be sold as a paperback book series but canceled after the first book came out. Fantagraphics reprinted the whole thing a few years ago in this really nice trade paperback, the first time all the Blackmark stories saw print the way Gil Kane meant them to, along with an informative essay about the history of the thing.

Okay? Time to break out your A-game, because this one is not for dilettantes.


1. What barbarian hero was teased in an early issue of SAVAGE TALES as “coming soon” but never actually showed up in a story at all?

2. Who was the first Ka-Zar, before Kevin Plunder, and where did he first appear in comics?

3. And speaking of Kevin Plunder, how did he meet Shanna the She-Devil, and who showed up to screw up their wedding?

4. According to Roy Thomas, where is Belit, queen of the Black Corsairs, originally from, and why is she commanding a shipload of pirates?

5. And according to Brian Wood?

6. Stalker was “the man with the stolen soul.” Who actually stole it and why?

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7. Who was the Black Queen and why was Tarzan of the Apes upset with her?

8. Tarzan has Jane Porter… Ka-Zar has Shanna the She-Devil. But who’s the main squeeze of Sheena, Queen of the Jungle…

…in the original comics?

…in the Tanya Roberts movie?

…on television, in the fifties and in the nineties?

9. Who fought a Silver Beast one night in a lonely English inn?

10. Korak, Son of Tarzan, spent most of his time at DC Comics looking for his girl Meriem. Who actually took her?

11. What unfortunate transformation befell Spider-Man in the Savage Land, who caused it, and who helped Ka-Zar reverse it?

12. Who was behind King Kull losing the throne of Valusia in the pages of Kull the Destroyer?

13. What was the name of Ironwolf‘s ship?

14. Name the French murderer Solomon Kane pursued to darkest Africa, and the hulking native killer he enlists against Kane. Bonus point if you can also tell us who actually killed this Gallic murderer’s giant henchman before Kane could get to him.

15. And finally, leaving out Tarzan of the Apes itself, what Edgar Rice Burroughs original Tarzan book has been adapted for comics more than any other?

So there you go. Have fun, everyone, and we’ll be back with answers and winners– next week. See you then.



Saw the first question & knew I didn’t have a chance.

6. is the only one I know I can answer, although I could probably guess at a few others.

No Warlord???

I know Ironwolf’s ship and where Ka-Zar first appeared; but, I’m out of my depth on the rest. I just didn’t read many barbarian comics, though I saw a a bit of the DC Tarzan. The only sword & sorcery comic I read with any frequency was Warlord. Darn you Greg!

I have the books that answer at least three of these questions but couldn’t recall any of them without digging them out. And I’ve got nothing for the rest, but I’m super curious about what the answer for #1 is.

I have the books that answer at least three of these questions but couldn’t recall any of them without digging them out.

Well, that’s perfectly fine. You’d have to be a freak like me to do then ALL from memory. I don’t care if people read their old comics, that’s actually encouraged. I just think it’s not much of a game if all people have to do is Google stuff so THAT is frowned upon.

No Warlord???

Huh. You know, you all are right, I SHOULD have had a Warlord question in there. I always blank on him when I think of the DC barbarians. Didn’t get into the book till I was in my late thirties and by then Grell was even done with Green Arrow. I dunno why because I always liked Grell and I was all over all the other ones…Stalker, Starfire, even batshit-crazy Beowulf.

I probably should have had a Klaw the Unconquered question too, and something about the Atlas guys like Ironjaw and Wulf maybe. Skipped right over Tor and Dagar the Invincible as well. Left out Red Sonja, Thongor, and Brak, too. And Groo. After these go up there’s always a certain amount of Monday-morning quarterbacking. On the other hand, answers are coming in and the entries are looking pretty good– no one is at a hundred percent but so far quite respectable, which tells me I hit that sweet spot of just hard enough without being too easy OR too intimidating.

Still anybody’s game!

If you’d had a Cerebus question I’d be all over it. As it is, I’ll probably take a look and try to answer what I can, and do my usual goofy answers for the rest.

No, no, don’t thank me ;)

Ha! I had a sneaking suspicion you’d like the barbarian/jungle lord suggestion the most! And what an excellent quiz it is – and, for me anyway, devilishly hard. Most of these are from a time when I was either not yet reading comics, or it’s stuff that I never went back and read later. That’s o.k., though, because I already have the book that’s being offered as the prize – it is indeed quite nice.

i don’t know enough to seriously consider entering (even if you allow international entries)
Strange coincidence is that I just saw the first episode of the 90s Sheena TV series on Friday as it just started a run on UK’s Horror channel replacing the Incredible Hulk (and just before The Lost World)
( the channel’s definition of horror apparently also includes Wonder Woman and the Wild Wild West TV series …don’t ask me why they are not showing any TV series more linked to the horror genre like Kolchak or Dark Shadows or XFiles or Teen Wolf or.the Munsters or..)

Yeah, see, I read more of the DC fantasy series (at least, by the 80s and early 90s), as well as the Atlas/Seaboard stuff (I was collecting their entire line, by the early 90s, except the black& white magazines, which I never saw, anywhere). I only read a few issues of Conan and have only recently gotten collections of their magazine stories and the barbarian comics. I had all of the DC Tarzans; but, haven’t read them enough to recall many of the stories. The first one I ever saw was one of the 100-pg ones, and the story I gravitated to was a Russ Manning one.

I’d be onboard for Dagar, Turok and the rest, though I only read sporadic issues of those. Again, I have collections; but, I have a massive stack of unread stuff. The pitfall of working as a bookseller for 20 years, as well as digital options.

i don’t know enough to seriously consider entering (even if you allow international entries)

Okay, but for anyone wondering, international is perfectly fine. We’ll ship your prize wherever you like. I can tell you that we have several entries in as of this Sunday morning, none at a hundred percent but all looking pretty good. We got ourselves a horse race, folks. Not counting the mighty Rick D, who actually invented this back on the old CBR forums, back when they were still orange and purple; he always enters but recuses himself from winning. And even he blew the SAVAGE TALES one. That question’s turning out to be a nice little little anti-google tiebreaker.

Somewhat unrelated, but I was thinking why the rampant fanservice in the barbarian subgenre (and also the noir detective subgenre and the horror genre) never bothered me as much as fanservice in the superhero genre. I think part of it is that these men’s adventure genres have a certain amorality in them already that is fitting with the semi-naked ladies cavorting for our amusement. You can easily imagine Conan and Phillip Marlowe in a strip bar. But it’s hard to picture most superheroes as the kind of guys that go to strip bars. In superhero stories, it feels schizoid to have rampant fanservice.

But another big reason is simply because fanservice in superhero comics reminds me too much of the 1990s, Image Comics, and the bad girl crazy. All stuff I’m not much of a fan of.

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