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Alex, who is Queen Elizabeth I?

While it’s no shock that bestselling author Neil Gaiman would be an answer on Jeopardy!, that one of his lesser-known comics works would appear may come as a little more of a surprise. Matt Lobo tweeted a snapshot from Thursday’s episode referencing Marvel 1602, the 2003-2004 miniseries by Gaiman and Andy Kubert that placed key Marvel Universe characters in an alternate version of the Elizabethan era.

Although the comic spawned three sequels, it was met with decidedly mixed reaction from readers and critics. In short, it was no Sandman — which probably makes it perfect for a Double Jeopardy question. (And, yes, the correct question is, “Who is Queen Elizabeth I?” She was killed by a poisonous-gas device created by Count Otto Von Doom.)

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“which probably makes it perfect for a Double Jeopardy question.”

Not really.

The obscurity of the work is irrelevant; the title of the damn book is “1602″.

The typical Jeopardy contestant knows who was the Queen of England in 1602, or should, whether or not they’ve read “1602″.

Hell, you even use the phrase “the Elizabethan era” in your description of the book.

Did the contestant get it right?

Thad –

Nothing better to do than pick apart the wording of blog posts?

Things without all remedy should be without regard. What’s done is done.

No, the contestant did not get it right. None of the three got it right. (One answered Henry VIII)

What was more hilarious and outrageous was the next question. To paraphrase, this ‘She-Devil with a Sword’ character premiered in Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian #24.

We all know the answer but the only contestant to chime in with an answer said Xena!

The wife told me to stop yelling at the TV. :D

What was the category? I can’t believe I missed that episode. I love Jeopardy, unfortunately if you miss an episode you never know if you’ll ever see it.

@D — Well, I suppose we’re all of us wasting time commenting on a blog post rather than going out and doing some lasting good in the world.

Do you have anything to say on the subject of comic books, or Jeopardy?

1602 is my all time favorite Gaiman work. Probably because it’s not really like his other works.

But Thad, that’s how Jeopardy questions are written: they’ll often contain the info you need to answer them, even if you’re not familiar with the work in question…

The category was ‘Marvel-ous’, and I think I squeed a bit when it turned out to, in fact, have to do with Marvel Comics! The contestants failed at this, Red Sonja, and Doctor Strange! I ran the category!

If you want to see the clip of all the Marvel questions check out the clip below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIj-GK9bbKE

1602 is a great book. I wasn’t really following the comics blogosphere at the time, so I remain ignorant of its reception, but I can’t begin to imagine what the problem would be. It’s a very good comic.

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