D.R. & Quinch
|D.R. & Quinch|
Cover to The Complete D.R. & Quinch, 2006 featuring the title characters. Art by Alan Davis.
|Publisher||Originally IPC Media (Fleetway) until 1999, thereafter Rebellion Developments|
|Publication date||May 1983 – August 1987|
|Editor(s)||Tharg (Steve MacManus)|
Creation and concept
D.R. and Quinch began in 2000 AD as a one-off Time Twister titled “D.R. and Quinch Have Fun On Earth”. The characters were initially meant to only appear once but they proved so popular that they were given their own semi-regular series.
The strip was the tale of how two alien teenage students Waldo "D.R." (for "Diminished Responsibility") Dobbs, a scheming criminal mastermind, and Ernest Errol Quinch, his muscular purple skinned companion in crime, have influenced Earth's history in various anarchic ways.
D.R. and Quinch were inspired by the National Lampoon characters O.C. and Stiggs. The film Animal House has also been cited as an influence. Alan Davis took visual inspiration from the cartoon style of Leo Baxendale’s Grimly Feendish. Alan Moore has described D.R. & Quinch as belonging to the tradition of British teenage delinquency comics, comparable to Dennis the Menace except with “a thermonuclear capacity”.
D.R. & Quinch's anarchic humour was popular with its original audience but Alan Moore has expressed discomfort with how it exploits violence for comic effect, claiming that it has no “lasting or redeeming social value”. The series has had a strong reputation since it was first published. It stands out as something so obviously different when compared to the rest of Moore’s body of work that it is worthy of attention. It has been called the "absurd, cartoony, delightfully vicious other side of Halo Jones". Writing for Time Douglas Wolk has described it as, for the majority of its run, "one of the funniest comics ever" and Neil Gaiman has credited it with being one of the greatest 2000 AD stories.
The pair's last strip, "D.R. and Quinch Go to Hollywood" ran from progs 363 to 367 and is considered to be Moore and Davis's finest D.R. and Quinch story. However, at the time, the Moore/Davis partnership was undergoing strain due to Moore refusing permission for their Captain Britain work to be reprinted. The pair's last D.R. and Quinch work together was in the 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special in 1985.
D.R. and Quinch continued to appear in 2000 AD from progs 525-534 in the form of Agony Aunts with readers sending in letters with personal problems solved by D.R. and Quinch in their own way. One such column was hijacked by D.R.'s girlfriend Crazy Chrissy.
In 1986 Titan Books released a collection of all D.R. and Quinch stories from 2000 AD called D.R. and Quinch's Totally Awesome Guide To Life. It became one of Titan's best selling books in their lines of 2000 AD reprints. The book went out of print several times and it has since been collected as The Complete D.R. and Quinch (ISBN 1-84023-345-1) in 2001.
In 2018, INDIO comics will release a story, "D.R. & Quinch Hijack Free Comic Book Day", which will be part of a "2000 AD Regened" all-ages comic created for Free Comic Book Day. The strip has been created by Owen Michael Johnson and Colin Bell.
- "Time Twisters: D.R. and Quinch Have Fun On Earth" (written by Alan Moore, art by Alan Davis, in 2000AD #317, 1983) 
- "D.R. and Quinch Go Straight" (by Moore & Davis, in 2000AD #350-351, 1984)
- "D.R. and Quinch Go Girl Crazy" (by Moore & Davis, in 2000AD #352-354, 1984)
- "D.R. and Quinch Get Drafted" (by Moore & Davis, in 2000AD #355-359, 1984)
- "D.R. and Quinch Go to Hollywood" (by Moore & Davis, in 2000AD #363-367, 1984)
- "D.R. and Quinch Get Back to Nature" (by Moore & Davis, in 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1985)
- "D.R. & Quinch's Incredibly Excruciating Agony Page" (written by Jamie Delano and Alan Davis, art by Davis, inks: Mark Farmer, in 2000 AD #525-534, 1987)
- "D.R. & Quinch Hijack Free Comic Book Day" (written by Owen Johnson & Colin Bell, art by Indio! & Dom Regan, in 2000 AD Regened: Free Comic Book Day, 2018)
There have been three trade paperbacks:
- D.R. and Quinch's Totally Awesome Guide To Life (Titan, 1986 ISBN 0-907610-69-2) which contains only the Moore/Davis stories in original black and white
- The Complete D.R. and Quinch (Titan, 2001 ISBN 1-84023-345-1 Rebellion Developments, 2006 ISBN 1-904265-48-0) which contains all of the above stories (up to 1987) in original black and white
- D.R. and Quinch - Definitive Edition (Fleetway, 1991 ISBN 1-85386-255-X) which contains only the Moore/Davis stories in color
- The Complete D.R. & Quinch (2006, Rebellion, ISBN 1904265480)
- 2000AD Online profile
- D.R. and Quinch Have Fun On Earth, the very first story from issue 317 of 2000AD.
- The 2000 AD A.B.C. #29: D.R. & Quinch at YouTube
- Lebel, Mario. "The Complete D.R. & Quinch: Alan Moore's Sci-Fi Fun Time". Sequart Organization. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- Parkin, Lance (2013). Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore. London: Aurum Press Ltd. p. 156. ISBN 9781781310779.
- Nolen-Weathington, Eric (2006). Alan Davis. Raleigh, N.C.: TwoMorrows. p. 40. ISBN 9781893905191.
- Molcher, Michael (2015). "Man on the Outside: Alan Moore". 2000 AD: The Creator Interviews: Volume 2. Oxford: 2000 AD Books. ISBN 9781849979849.
- Callahan, Tim (7 May 2012). "The Great Alan Moore Reread: D.R. & Quinch". Tor. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- Wolk, Douglas (18 June 2010). "Emanata: Something Something Oranges Something". Time. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- Robertson, Cameron; Lea, Richard; Sprenger, Richard (9 August 2013). "Judge Dredd takes Edinburgh: A celebration of 2000AD" (Video). The Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- "2000 AD announces all-ages title for Free Comic Book Day 2018 | 2000 AD". 2000ad.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.