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Definitive Milton Caniff biography to be released next month

From the AAEC web site comes news that R.C. Harvey’s biography of Milton Caniff, creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon is due out next month.

“Twenty-five years in the making,” Harvey joked: “I started on it in 1982, interviewing Caniff, who was still alive then, and I finished the first draft in 1989. It was a monstrous 650,000-word document, and no publisher would touch it at that size. Then a couple years ago, Lucy Caswell at the Cartoon Research Library, which was founded with Caniff’s papers, wanted the book published in time for the centennial of his birth this year. She arranged to underwrite some of the production cost, and Fantagraphics agreed to publish it if I could reduce the text somewhat. So I did.”

The book is published through Fantagraphics books and will contain many illustrations, sample strips, personal photos, sketches and “other rarities from Caniff’s files.”

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#1 The Daily Cartoonist | News and blog about comic strips, editorial cartoons, cartoons
January/2/2008
@ 10:22 am

[…] And the triennial Festival of Cartoon Art held at the Ohio State Cartoon Research Library honored Milt Caniff. Milt was also a big topic this year. The Cartoon Research Library was founded with the Milton Caniff collection, so it was appropriate that this 30 year anniversary of the Library paid tribute to the Caniff collection. Also this year, the Caniff family gave permission to the Humorous Maximus web site to run the Steve Canyon, and Latigo features. And lastly, after several years of work, R.C. Harvey released his biography of Milton Caniff. […]

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