The Goodman High Trivia Contest

The Goodman High Trivia Quiz

By Bradley K. McDevitt

Customers who purchased our 2019 Yearbook will have noticed the illustration of Goodman High! This amazing illustration by Brad McDevitt shows what high school would have been like if the Dark Master were principal. The image is filled with an astounding number of references and allusions to Appendix N and pulp fantasy culture. Below is artist Brad McDevitt with a special quiz for our customers: how many of those references can YOU identify?

Here at Goodman High, where dungeon-crawling is the ONLY course of studies and sports program, we pride ourselves in our sense of history. A sense of all history—geekdom, popular culture, and Appendix N weirdness!

After a long day studying the works of Leiber and Moorcock (English), non-Euclidian geometry taught by Cthulhu himself (Arithmetic), near-space Astronomy (Edgar Rice Burroughs), and PE taught by the Balrog from The Lord of the Rings, the students and faculty make their escapes  through the parking lot to their favorite ice cream parlors and other teen hangouts!

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How many references can you figure out from the image? 

  1. The Moon Pool, (A.Merritt, novella, 1919)
  2. The Death Star (Star Wars, American movie, 1977)
  3. Soylent Green (science-fiction movie, 1973)
  4. Martian Tripod, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds
  5. Cylon Base Star (Battlestar Galactica)
  6. Barsoom/Mars (Edgar Rice Burrough’s John Carter of Mars)
  7. USS Enterprise (Star Trek: The Original Series)
  8. Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (Japanese horror movie, 1963)
  9. Wilbur Whately (H.P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror, 1928)
  10. R2D2 (Star Wars, 1977)
  11. Robbie the Robot (Forbidden Planet, 1956)
  12. Cousin Itt and Thing (The Addams Family)
  13. Scooby Doo (US animated series, 1969-present)
  14. Nyarlathotep (H.P. Lovecraft, The Haunter of the Dark)
  15. Great Cthulhu (H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu)
  16. The eye of Sauron (JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1949)
  17. Spider-Man (American cartoon character)
  18. Bigfoot (The Six Million Dollar Man, and portrayed by Andre the Giant, 1976)
  19. Batman ( American cartoon character)
  20. Doctor Who (British science-fiction show, 1963-present)
  21. First issue of Weird Tales published
  22. The Cyclops (The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, 1958)
  23. Treebeard (JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1949)
  24. Pinhead (Hellraiser franchise, 1987)
  25. Godzilla (Godzilla, 1954)
  26. Tarzan (Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes)
  27. Dracula (Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897)
  28. Shadowjack (Roger Zelazny, Jack of Shadows, 1971
  29. Jabberjaws (US animated series, 1976)
  30. Apple Plus Computer
  31. Silver John (Manly Wade Wellman, various stories)
  32. Frankenstein’s Monster (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818)
  33. Giant Ant (Them!, American movie, 1954)
  34. Conan the Barbarian (R.E. Howard et al, various stories, including Red Nails)
  35. Scott Carey (The Incredible Shrinking Man!, American movie , 1957)
  36. Legolas (JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1949)
  37. Fafhrd (Fritz Lieber, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, various stories and novels)
  38. Solomon Kane (R.E. Howard, various stories)
  39. The Grey Mouser (Fritz Lieber, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, various stories and novels)
  40. Balrog (JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1949)
  41. Alien Robot (Zombies of the Stratosphere,  1952)
  42. Maria (Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, 1927)
  43. H.P. Lovecraft (Lovecraft was well-known for his fear and hatred of fish)
  44. 1937 (date of HP Lovecraft’s death)
  45. Ghostbusters (American comedy film, 1984)
  46. Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle, various stories)
  47. Ruk (Star Trek, The Original Series, What Are Little Girls Made Of?, 1966)
  48. Chewbacca, (Star Wars, 1977)
  49. The Invisible Man (HG Wells’ The Invisible Man, 1897. Fun trivia fact: Claude Raines, who co-starred in Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart, played the titular character in the 1933 film version.)
  50. Chaos Arrow Symbol (Michael Moorcock’s The Eternal Champion series)
  51. Mi-Go: monster race ( H.P. Lovecraft et al, Cthulhu Mythos stories)
  52. Frodo Baggins (JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1949)
  53. Elric of Melnibone (Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone  series)
  54. Heavy Metal (poster, American Animated Movie, 1981)
  55. Dorian Hawkmoon (Michael Moorcock’s The Runestaff  series)

Need the answer? Click here for the annotated image, with numbers matching back to the list above!

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