Which of these iconic characters made their debut first?

Batman or Perry Mason?

Some of your favorite TV characters are older than you think.

No, we are not talking about the fictional age of the character in the show. Opie Taylor may forever be a kid on The Andy Griffith Show, but the character dates back 60 years to 1960.

Crime-solvers like Perry Mason and Batman appeared on the printed page years before they were on screens. 

So, think you can guess which of the following characters dates back the furthest? We will show you two iconic characters. Pick which one made his or her appearance first!

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  1. Lucy Ricardo or Kermit the Frog?
  2. Spock or Frodo?
  3. Batman or Perry Mason?
  4. Fred Flintstone or Gilligan?
  5. Hawkeye (from M*A*S*H) or Hawkeye (from Marvel)
  6. Toucan Sam or Sam the Butcher?
  7. Joe Friday or Wednesday Addams?
  8. Beaver Cleaver or the Chipmunks?
  9. Buck Rogers or Robby the Robot?
  10. Gomer Pyle or Rocky the Flying Squirrel?

Which of these iconic characters made their debut first?

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richardkel 8 days ago
7/10. took me a couple of questions before I figured out that they counted debuts in books as well as radio and TV shows.
DerekBird 20 days ago
You got 9 out of 10
But we're all young at heart, right?
Thomas 25 days ago
6/10 Quite average or less and knew Frodo from "The Hobbit" was in book form before film but chose Spock anyway.
TimothyStiles 1 month ago
FOUL FOUL FOUL... You asked about Frodo...showed a picture from the movie and meant the book. Then it was unclear that the reference to Perry Mason was from the TV series or the Books? Again you showed Alvin the Chipmunk from the cartoon series that was clearly later than Dave Sevill's puppet trio from the fifties. And finally you ask about Buck Rogers showing Gil Gerard a much later reference than Buster Crabbe's version...which you could have pictured......Seems to me like a quiz of bait and switch. Shame on you.
DerekBird TimothyStiles 20 days ago
Not their fault that you inferred wrongly. I didn't get fooled.
WarrenJones 1 month ago
I only got 6 out of 10. My excuse is that I started out thinking that we were only talking about appearances on TV.
Shannon WarrenJones 1 month ago
I got the same, some trick questions in there!
From the opening paragraphs:
"Crime-solvers like Perry Mason and Batman appeared on the printed page years before they were on screens.

So, think you can guess which of the following characters dates back the furthest? We will show you two iconic characters. Pick which one made his or her appearance first!"
BubbaPacha77511 1 month ago
9/10 but got first wrong cuz i thought it was tv debuts....still mightve been wrong though
im sry got 2 wrong....frodo
JERRY6 1 month ago
5 OUT OF TEN , BUT I AS THINKING TV DEBUTES
Rick 1 month ago
I dispute #7: although Addams Family cartoons debuted in the late 1930's, Wednesday didn't have a *name* until the TV show in 1964 (they decided on Wednesday because Wednesday's child is full of woe).
Moody Rick 1 month ago
But the character still existed even though she didn't have a name.
VaughnBaskin 1 month ago
Wowwee! I've got a 10 out of 10!
MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
8/10 Missed #2 & #7. Should not have missed Wednesday Adams.
DouglasMorris 1 month ago
7/10! missed numbers 2,5, and 9.
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