D.R. and Quinch
is a comic strip
created by Alan Moore
and Alan Davis
, which first appeared in issue 317 of the weekly comic book 2000 AD
About the series
D.R. and Quinch
started as two characters (inspired by the National Lampoon
characters O.C. and Stiggs) in a one-off Future Shock
titled D.R. and Quinch Have Fun On Earth
The strip was the tale of how two alien teenage students Waldo "D.R." (for "Diminished Responsibility") Dobbs, a scheming criminal mastermind (who with his pointed ears, green flesh, and furrowed chin, resembled a Skrull), and Ernest Errol Quinch, his muscular purple skinned companion in crime, have influenced Earth's history in various anarchic
Initially meant to only appear once, they proved so popular that a two part story ran in issues 350 and 351. This led to the strip running until issue 359 in several adventures. During these we see the pair drafted and D.R. gains a girlfriend, the insane Crazy Chrissie.
The pair's last strip, D.R. and Quinch Go to Hollywood ran from issues 363 to 367 and was considered to be Moore and Davis's finest D.R. and Quinch story .
However the Moore/Davis partnership was undergoing strain due to Moore refusing permission for their Captain Britain work to be reprinted, and the pair's last D.R. and Quinch work together was in the 2000AD Sci-Fi Special in 1985.
In 1986 Titan Books released a collection of all D.R. and Quinch stories from 2000AD called D.R. and Quinch's Totally Awesome Guide To Life. It became one of Titan's best selling books in their lines of 2000AD 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.
The stories have remained popular with fans and are considered the best example of Alan Moore's humorous work, as well as being praised for the artwork of Alan Davis.
They appeared in a one shot strip which proved popular and they duo were given their own eponymous
- "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. and Quinch's Agony Page" (written by Jamie Delano and Alan Davis, art by Davis, inks: Mark Farmer, in 2000 AD #525-534, 1987)
There have been two collected editions:
- D.R. and Quinch's Totally Awesome Guide To Life (Titan, 1986 ISBN 0-907610-69-2) (contains only the Moore/Davis stories)
- The Complete D.R. and Quinch (Titan, 2001 ISBN 1-84023-345-1 Rebellion, 2006 ISBN 1-904265-48-0) (contains all of the above stories)