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.


This was the first comic posted only on xkcd.com and not on LiveJournal. The last eleven comics were posted both on LiveJournal and on xkcd.com after the new site was launched.

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

In the title text, Randall notes that he has not tried to draw a real face in years, as he mainly draws stick figures. In that way this comic also sticks out.


[A charcoal drawing of Robert Smith's head and face.]
[Caption below:]
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 (talk)13:20, 07 May 2015 (UTC)

No, I don't think so. I've seen them all and I'm pretty sure that nothing of the style of the early comics came back. Fabian42 (talk) 11:42, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Every time I hear this song, I think "Dude, what are you on? You're part of Coldplay!" 15:10, 23 August 2023 (UTC)