No. 170 – D.R. & Quinch

Left: The Complete D.R. & Quinch (Rebellion, 2006), right: National Lampoon magazine’s October 1982 O.C. & Stiggs Special Issue cover ©National Lampoon

D.R. & Quinch written by Alan Moore and drawn by Alan Davis v National Lampoon magazine’s high school delinquents O.C. & Stiggs*, created by Tod Carroll and Ted Mann

Or in other words, Waldo “D.R.” [“Diminished Responsibility”] Dobbs and Ernest Errol Quinch v Oliver Cromwell “O.C.” [“Out of Control”] Ogilvie and Mark Stiggs, the latter pair featuring in stories with familiar-sounding titles such as The Utterly Monstrous Mind-Roasting Summer of O.C. and Stiggs and The Wedding Reception of Schwab’s Repellent Sister and the Chinaman Frank, and How We Completely Ruined It.

Although D.R. & Quinch operate on a galaxy-wide scale, O.C. and Stiggs’ exploits were nonetheless exceedingly violent and bear only a passing resemblance to the characters in Robert Altman’s (1925–2006) lacklustre teen comedy O.C. and Stiggs (MGM/United Artists, 1985)

D.R. & Quinch Have Fun on Earth – their first appearance – in prog 317 (1983)

Concerning D.R. & Quinch’s enduring popularity, author Alan Moore has since expressed unease at how the strip exploits violence for comic effect, claiming that it has “[no] lasting or redeeming social value”. O.C. & Stiggs, however – deplorable as their antics may have been – were created to combat what creators Carroll and Mann considered in the early 80s to be an emerging and dangerous generation of a “Slurpee mallplex demographic, a new strain of teen consumers, lobotomized Alfred E. Neumans** raised on television and sugar rather than on countercultural literature and grass.”† Surely a noble and relevant cause still.

National Lampoon was an American humour magazine which ran from 1970–1998 and was originally a spin-off from Harvard Lampoon magazine, reaching the height of its popularity in the late 1970s, spawning films, radio, live theatre and books.

D.R. & Quinch also feature in HoH here.

*References: Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore (p. 156) by Lance Parkin (Aurum Press Ltd., 2013), and O.C. and Stiggs Related Works at Wikipedia
**Fictitious mascot of the American humor magazine Mad
†Hunter Stevenson, Apology magazine, Feb 2013

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