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Magazine Cartoons and Cartoonists Trivia Quiz

Updated on July 23, 2016

Magazine Cartoons Quiz

Think you're old enough to do well on this little magazine cartoon trivia quiz? Did you grow up during one of the golden ages of magazine cartoons in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s or 1960s when these funny little drawings appeared in virtually every periodical in the country? Were you a fan of the magazine gag panel cartoons of the type that used to appear in almost every magazine published in the US in previous decades; not only the New Yorker, but Look, Saturday Review, Saturday Evening Post, National Enquirer, Parade, This Week, Highlights, Boys Life and everything in between?? When you were a kid, did you wait by the mailbox, as I did, when you knew your favorite magazine chockfull of cartoons was soon to arrive? When your mom sent you to the drugstore for a bottle of aspirin, did you have trouble prying yourself away from the magazine rack? If this sounds like you, you might do very well on this little magazine toon quiz on cartoons if the '50s.'. Hope you enjoy this pop culture trivia questions and answers!

If you enjoy this cartoon trivia quiz, you can challenge others via the buttons on the right. Thank you! And good luck on this cartoon quiz! Hope it brings back happy memories!

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Look Magazine Logo from the 1960's

The Look Magazine logo was a welcome sight in our mail box every couple of weeks in the early 1960s.
The Look Magazine logo was a welcome sight in our mail box every couple of weeks in the early 1960s.

LOOK on the Light Side

Look Magazine was a general interest bi-weekly similar in presentation to Life Magazine. It began publication in early 1937 and continued until 1971. Look was one of my personal favorites during my preteen and teen years because it included lots photo stories and, best of all, several cartoons in each issue. Gurney Williams was Look's cartoon editor. Among the cartoonists who work was featured in their "Look on the Light Side" page were Bill Hoest (of "Lockhorns" fame), Vahan Shirvanian, Sasha Richter, J.B. Handelsman, Charles Martin, Chon Day and Stan Fine. Little did I know as I paged through Look in the 1950s and 1960s that one day I would write gags for some of these folks! If you're a lover of magazine cartoons and cartoonists, and a child of the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s, you probably familiar with Look. And you probably did very well on my classic cartoons trivia questions.

Funny Gag Cartoon Collections - From

Find gag cartoon collections by some of your favorite gag cartoonists at You can find cartoon anthologies by Sam Gross, Leo Cullum, and Danny Shanahan. The compilation of well-known master of the ghoulish toon, Gahan Wilson shown below is a must-have for any serious student of macabre visual humor. His darkly humorous work, appearing regularly in Playboy and the New Yorker, among other venues, for over fifty years has been called "playfully grotesque." Wilson won the National Cartoonists Society's Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons
Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons

Gahan Wilson's distinctive brand of macabre humor found a home in Playboy and The New Yorker, among other major magazines.


Saturday Evening Post

Saturday Evening Post Logo from 1953
Saturday Evening Post Logo from 1953 | Source

Saturday Evening Post

Until 1960, the venerable Saturday Evening Post (first appearing in 1821!) was published, as the name suggests, every Saturday; that is, once a week. The magazine, at one time boasting the largest circulation for a weekly American magazine, featured human interest stories, short fiction, a recap of current events, editorials and illustrations. Fiction writers over the decades included such luminaries as Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker, John Steinbeck and William Saroyan. This was another of the magazines I eagerly looked forward to as a kid, mainly because of both the frequent Norman Rockwell illustrations on the cover and, of course, the cartoons on the inside. My favorite cartoonists included Ted Keys ("Hazel"), Phil Interlandi, Chon Day, Misha Richter, Peter Paul Porges, Jerry Marcus and Bill Yates.

The Post continues today as a six-times-a-year general interest publication and is owned by the Saturday Evening Post Society. visit their website here for subscription information.

Magazine Cartoons Are Harder To Find Today

Magazines are few and far between, today. Fewer magazines are using them on a regular basis. The most famous and most prolific user of gag cartoons is the New Yorker, as has been the case for over 90 years, since it was founded by Harold Ross on February 21, 1925.

Lots of New Yorker cartoon anthologies have been published over the years, including the one shown below.

So, Did You Know As Much As You Thought You Knew About Magazine Cartoons & Cartoonists? - How'd Ya Fare In My Cartoon Trivia Quiz?

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    anonymous 3 years ago

    Only got half of them but it was still fun.

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    Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

    good quiz!

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    Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

    @amosvee: I wonder if I've seen his work. I bet I'd laugh myself silly if I had. (silliER) :)

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    amosvee 4 years ago

    My uncle is a very good cartoonist, and I'm sure published cartoons in some of those magazines. Some, I was not allowed to see!

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    Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

    Great quiz thanks.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I got 50%

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    myspace9 5 years ago

    Nice quiz.

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    Ahdilarum 5 years ago

    Very poor 3/10

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    OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

    1/10 ouch

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    WilliamPower 5 years ago

    Donn't know much about cartoons.

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    AJ 5 years ago from Australia

    Didn't know much at all sorry.

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    Inkhand 6 years ago

    That was fun, thanks.

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    adamfrench 6 years ago

    Thumbs up, great quiz

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    pramodbisht 6 years ago

    Great quiz,had fun,thanks!

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    pimbels lm 6 years ago

    I done very bad. I never wanted to be a cartoonist, but enjoyed reading them. Great lens, thank you.

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    WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

    Oops! 5 out 10. I guess I'm a 70s gal but born in the 50s. Thanks for sharing your love of cartoons.

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    Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

    Knew just about as much as I thought. 3 of 10. Not one of my best subjects.

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    Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

    @PromptWriter: I could tell by your pic that you are way too young to remember the Golden Age of magazine gag cartoons (or at least one of the "golden ages")! I enjoyed your lens on Terry's Chocolate Oranges. Reminded me of the Droste Chocolate Oranges which I had as a kid (and which may have gone the way of magazine gag cartoons, unfortunately).

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    Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

    I definitely knew as much as I thought. And it wasn't much. LOL

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    Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

    @ChemKnitsBlog2: Hi Chemknits! I'm guessing that the subject matter here is ancient history to you. Good luck (not that you'll need any) in your quest for a PhD in Chemistry! Speaking of which, I admire the way you combined your avocation...knitting...with your soon-to-be vocation...biochemistry. And I enjoyed reading all about it on your Science Related Knitting Patterns lens!

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    ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

    I knew as much as I thought... which unfortunately was close to nothing!

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    Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

    @anonymous: Hi Susie! Thank you for taking my quiz. You were probably only a babe-in-arms when these mags were in full swing. They were a great diversion when I was a kid. But anyone seeking a real diversion should talke a trip to Kabetogama Lake via your Kabetogama Lake lens! It's a wonderful reminiscence and anyone who longs for a happier period in America should pay a visit.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    I figured I wouldn't do well on this and was right, only 30%. Guess I should have studied, or paid more attention back in the day. You made me think on this one, very good quiz!

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    Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

    @jolou: Thanks for taking my quiz, Joanne! I just paid an enjoyable visit to your Mackinac Island lens.

    Mackinac Island was one of my favorite places when I was a kid.

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    thesuccess2 7 years ago

    Is 1 out of 10 good?

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    jolou 7 years ago

    Good questions....... bad score. Thought I would do a bit better, it's a fun quiz though.

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    hayleylou lm 7 years ago

    Yours is the first squid quiz lens I have seen. It's great, thumbs up :)

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    callinsky lm 7 years ago

    I know nothing about them. Nothing at all. It's a very nice lens though.