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Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Famed comics publisher James Warren turns 90 today – born July 29, 1930. I guess technically he should be an Honorary Senior Stripper since Jim didn’t write or draw comics. But he certainly was a major supporter and influencer of comic books with his black and white magazines. During The Sixties and into The Seventies […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

Barbara Brandon-Croft: Where She’s Coming From

Back in our younger days we would enjoy the Where I’m Coming From comic strip in The Sunday Oakland Tribune by the younger still Barbara Brandon-Croft. So it brings a smile when Barbara is in the news. Today courtesy the Post News Group: Historically, Black cartoonists have never enjoyed the same representation as their white […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Don’t Know Much About History

I have a fascination with comics history, and a deep a appreciation of comics historians. My meager knowledge is buttressed by the writings of some great researchers. Following are a few of the wonderful teachers that inform us about comics past and present by way of some go-to blogs.   American Newspaper Comics by Allan […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Last Week Today – Comic News Roundup

A new weekly comic “Informal Drawings” by Peter Slemen IPWatchdog.com, which focuses on intellectual property issues, now features a new weekly comic: IPWatchdog is pleased to announce the launch of our weekly comic series, brought to you by Wei & Sleman founding partner, Peter Sleman. Peter’s Comic Strip, appropriately named “Informal Drawings”, is a weekly […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Last Week Today – Comic News Roundup

A Hostile Life In The Boondocks

In 1999 Aaron McGruder shook up the comics pages in America’s newspapers. In 1997, not long after Aaron McGruder pulled The Boondocks from his college newspaper, he submitted his strip to syndicates, companies that provide comics, puzzles, and advice columns to hundreds of newspapers…The rejections piled on, with the syndicates feeling that The Boondocks was […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on A Hostile Life In The Boondocks

Al Jaffee, at 99, is Interviewed

When you worked for Eisner and then when you got out of the service and worked for Stan Lee, were all of your colleagues obsessed with comics? Did you talk a lot about comics and the artists in the field. I think in the back of the minds of everybody who could draw straight figures […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Al Jaffee, at 99, is Interviewed

Newly Discovered – Davis’ Pre-Garfield Garfield *updated

Last year Quinton Reviews gave us an introduction to pre-Garfield Jim Davis. Earlier this year he spent some vacation time delving deeper into Davis’s Comics From the Unknown. So here is more about Gnorm Gnat, and Jon, and even some Jim Davis high school cartooning. Hey, there’s even some Garfield! Watch The Origin of Jim […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

The Mystery of the Missing Vintage Strips

Comics Kingdom has lost some of Zane Grey’s “King of the Royal Mounted” Vintage strips. We found’em. Comics Kingdom will resume with the Dec 31, 1944 strip. And they accidentally re-ran yesterday’s Vintage Judge Parker from June 6, 1977. Here’s today’s: Carry on.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Mystery of the Missing Vintage Strips

Al Jaffee Retires at 99

After putting in a mere 79 years as a professional cartoonist Al Jaffee is retiring. From Michael Cavna: Al Jaffee, officially the longest-working comic artist ever, has decided to retire at age 99. So to mark his farewell, Mad’s “Usual Gang of Idiots” will salute Jaffee with a tribute issue next week. It will be […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Mad Medieval Marginalia

All of us, at one time or another, have written in the margins of our books. I continue to do it (e.g., my copy of Allan Holtz’s American Newspaper Comics). Not as many of us doodle in the margins, though at least one person has made a career of it. But centuries before Sergio Aragonés […]

Posted on: Jun 5, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Mad Medieval Marginalia

Trina Robbins: A Life Fighting Sexism; Now Ageism

Robbins, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., recalls taking her weekly, 10-cent allowance to the neighborhood candy store and after studying the week’s selection, buying any comic that featured young girls and women. At home, she wrote and illustrated her own comics and dreamt of publication. Robbins insists she did not come from a dysfunctional […]

Posted on: May 29, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Trina Robbins: A Life Fighting Sexism; Now Ageism

CSotD: Provocative Women

We’ll take a break for a review of what I’m going to call a “provocative book,” a graphic history of the women’s suffrage movement through the eyes, and pens, of 32 female cartoonists. And let me start by recommending you buy a copy: You can purchase a PDF now or preorder a print version (August […]

Posted on: May 19, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: 9 Comments

A History of Pandemics on the Funny Pages

Comics historian Michael Tisserand takes a look at the current crop of coronavirus comic strips, with a particular eye on Curtis. The first widely syndicated newspaper comic to address COVID-19 was Bill Hinds’ “Tank McNamara,” a sports-themed strip that had to contend with the sudden absence of professional sports. “Curtis” followed shortly after. Cartoonist Stephan […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on A History of Pandemics on the Funny Pages

On Comics History

James Herbert (1943–2013), one of the best-selling horror writers in the world, was a devoted admirer of Tufts’s work, and he claimed that there was no writer in the world who was better at action and staging a plot. Bill Blackbeard (1926–2011), a man known for preserving the treasures and history of newspaper comics, defending […]

Posted on: May 8, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on On Comics History

CSotD: A Pause In Our Usual Schedule

(We’ll do Friday Funnies on Saturday this week) (Scott Clissold) On this anniversary, we are engaged in a new struggle against the coronavirus which demands the same spirit of national endeavour that you exemplified 75 years ago. We cannot pay our tribute with the parades and street celebrations we enjoyed in the past; your loved […]

Posted on: May 8, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments