Final Jeopardy: Comic Book Publishers

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (1/5/2018) in the category “Comic Book Publishers” was:

In 1946, MLJ Mags. changed its name to this “Comics”, incorporating the first name of its popular teenage hero.

New champ Sean Sullivan won $15,000 yesterday. In Game 2, he takes on these two players: Claudia Hochstein, from St. Paul, MN; and Brandon Brooks, from Chicago, IL.

Round 1 Categories: Fear Factor – NHL Logos – Take Me “Down” – To the Salt Lake City – Where the Grass Is Green – And the Girls Are Pretty

Sean found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Salt Lake City” under the $1,000 clue, with only one category left after it. He was in second place with $3,400, $400 behind Brandon’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Just like the one in the Middle East, this Salt Lake City River empties into a very saline lake. show

Sean finished in the lead with $5,400. Brandon and Claudia were tied in second place at $3,800 each.

Round 2 Categories: Books & Authorities – Portmanteau Words – Nikola Tesla – Am I Blue? – They Named a Ship for Me – -isms & -ologies

Sean found the first Daily Double in “-isms & -ologies” under the $1,600 clue on the 9th pick. He was in the lead with $6,200 at this point, $1,200 more than Brandon in second place. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

19th c. English physician John Snow’s knowledge of chloroform & ether made him a master of this -ology. show

Brandon found the last Daily Double in “Books & Authorities” under the $1,600 clue, with 11 clues to go after it. In second place with $9,000, he had $3,600 less than Sean in second place. He bet $1,500 and guessed Wilde, as in Oscar. That was WRONG.

Violent sexuality in this man’s life & works before & during the French Revolution led to him being jailed for many years. show

Sean finished in the lead with $14,600. Brandon was next with $9,500 and Claudia was in third place with $5,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


MLJ Magazines was founded in 1939 by Maurice Coyne, Louis Silberkleit and John Goldwater, using the initials of their first names. John Goldwater created Archie, loosely basing him on Andy Hardy, a popular teenager portrayed on film by Mickey Rooney. After making his debut in Pep Comics #22 in 1941, the red-haired freckled faced teen’s popularity grew steadily along with his Riverdale High companions, Jughead, Reggie and girlfriend, Betty Cooper. The addition of Veronica Lodge as Betty’s rival for Archie’s affections added another big boost. In 1942, Archie got his own comic book and was featured on the cover of a comic for the first time in 1943. In 1946, MLJ renamed itself Archie Comics Publications.

Reference for Business has an interesting account of the ups and downs of Archie Comics through 2004, as they competed against other major comic book publishers in a changing world. What’s currently going on? Visit Archie Comics’ website.

Claudia wrote down Jeff. She lost her $1,603 and finished with $3,797.

Brandon got it right. His $1,301 bet brought him up to $10,801.

Sean wrote down Marvel, failing to remember that Marvel was mentioned in a clue during the game. He lost his $4,500 and landed in second place with $10,100. So, a very surprised Brandon Brooks became the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (1/5/2018) Sean Sullivan, Brandon Brooks, Claudia Hochstein

2 triple stumpers from the game:

AM I BLUE? ($800) Played by Karen Gillan & Michael Rooker, respectively, Nebula & Yondu in this Marvel series have a bluish tinge

BOOKS & AUTHORITIES ($800) “Madame Bovary” provoked so much outrage it was banned & this author faced immorality charges

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Sociology”

Often applied to athletes, this 2-word term popularized by Robert K. Merton refers to an example we aspire to. show

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7 Responses

  1. PA says:

    Did you count how many of Brandon’s answers were not in the form of a question? Had to be at least five or six.

    • VJ says:

      nope, I decided long ago that’s what the Jeopardy! judges are for and I rarely even notice it unless the player corrects himself or gets dinged for it. I did see someone complain on Facebook that he didn’t say “who is” for the very last response of Kaiser. I just looked at it and I heard him say “who’s.” The closed caption has him saying it, too.

  2. Marilyn says:

    The FJ category on the show was “Comic Book Publishers”.

    • VJ says:

      OMG! idk how that got there, Marilyn. I had Comic Book Publishers everywhere else. Thanks! (I fell asleep for a little while and I might not have noticed it till tomorrow).

      LINK: 8 more clues from the match

  3. Louis says:

    Jeff is a character from family circus, but I loved the Archie comics. Also, VJ, do you still read the comics on the pages of the newspaper like Peanuts, Cathy, Dilbert or garfield? Plus, let’s hope that next week will be the end of the leader curse it’s been four weeks already

  4. aaaa says:

    Brandon Brooks was the winner of the 2002 Hollywood Squares college tournament and was later on Meredith Vieira Millionaire

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