56: The Cure

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The Cure
My first try at drawing a real face in years.
Title text: My first try at drawing a real face in years.

[edit] Explanation

The "real face" is that of Robert Smith, best know as the singer of the musical group The Cure.

The joke in this comic is very simple: When Robert would sing the above lines of Coldplay's song "Clocks", fans of his music would know the answer: he's part of The Cure.

[edit] Transcript

[A charcoal drawing of Robert Smith's head and face, with a caption underneath.]
Robert Smith should do a cover of
Coldplay's Clocks, so when he sings
"Am I part of the cure or am I part of the disease?"
we can say, "Ooh, we know this one!"

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Rikthoff (talk) The date of issue of this comic may not be correct. Can anybody verify the issue date?

Yep, just checked on xkcd. The date is correct. lcarsos (talk) 17:11, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

I saw "The Cure" on a friend's Facebook page under her favorite bands. That prompted me to look up the explanation for this comic to be sure. When I first read it, I thought the "real face" looked a bit...unappealing. Perhaps diseased. Now I see the caption means the opposite of what I thought! Thanks, Explainxkcd! 19:36, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Are there any other realistic drawings on xkcd? --Forrest ― 17jiangz1(talk)13:20, 07 May 2015 (UTC)
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