See All Topics

Home / Section: Comic history

This category contains 687 posts.
RSS feed for this category

It’s Complicated

  He was so good at imagining overly complicated and outlandish contraptions that his name became part of the English dictionary in the early 20th century to describe anything with an unnecessarily elaborate design. “That’s a real Heath-Robinson!” That’s right. Before those Rube Goldberg Contraptions there were Heath Robinson Contraptions. Messy Nessy gives background and […]

Posted on: May 25, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Jack Davis as Sports Cartoonist

    If you happened to grow up in America in the 1960s, 70s or 80s, you’ve no doubt seen the work of artist Jack Davis. Best known for his work on MAD Magazine, Davis’ art permeated American pop culture in so many ways, it’s arguable that he was at one point the country’s most […]

Posted on: May 20, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, sports cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Happy National Cartoonists Day!

  above: the famous B. Kliban cartoon, below: W. C. Morris from circa 1908 Both the above and many more cartoonist related cartoons at Larry Rippee and Molly Rea‘s site.   Here is a Cartoonists Day celebration from Richard Thompson.   A couple cartoonist self-portraits:   Unbelievably, not everyone loves cartoonists.   Of course, when […]

Posted on: May 5, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Happy National Cartoonists Day!

100 Years Ago Today – Harold Teen

  above: The Love Life of Harold Teen debuts in the Chicago Tribune May 4, 1919   As Michael Vassallo says: The strip made its debut 100 years ago today, May 4, 1919 in the pages of the Patterson family owned Chicago Tribune (run by News publisher Joseph Medill Patterson’s cousin, Robert R. McCormick) and […]

Posted on: May 4, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Mister, we could use some men like Herblock again

Matt Davies was, for a second time, awarded the Herblock Prize, and much as I dislike awards in general, I like this one for two reasons: One is that it’s kind of an inside job that consistently honors people who live up to Herblock’s traditions and standards. I mean, they don’t require Nobel laureates to […]

Posted on: May 4, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Contests, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

90 Years Ago – Herblock Debuts

  The Chicago Daily News – April 24, 1929 Herbert Block, signing Herblock, begins his career as an editorial cartoonist.   Herblock would continue for 72 years, until his death in 2001. During that time he would be awarded three Pulitzer Prizes. The first for a comment about Joseph Stalin.   The last Pulitzer for […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on 90 Years Ago – Herblock Debuts

Magazine Monday

  Comic Strip Cartoonist #10 Last month I got the delightful 10th (#10) Anniversary issue of Comic Strip Cartoonist. “Ski” gives us the origin of the magazine, followed by a summary of the first 9 issues. Then we get an enjoyable gallery of comics from cartoonists featured in those nine issues, with an update on […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazines, Publications, Comments: Comments Off on Magazine Monday

Comics in the Mid-Week News

  Big Nate, Lincoln Peirce, and the Mid-School Kids Tuesday saw Nate Peirce entertain and inform the Westbrook Middle School about cartooning.     The Phantom Dies in Norway The Phantom is very popular in Australia, India, and the Scandinavian countries. Fantomet, the Norwegian translation of The Phantom, a comic strip featuring the feats of […]

Posted on: Apr 4, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comics in the Mid-Week News

CSotD: 75 Years Ago

I’m going light on the commentary and heavy on the comics for April Fool’s Day. Here’s what people found in their papers 75 years ago, on April 1, 1944: Of course, there was a war on, and D-Day was still two months away, though the Eastern Front was lively: Which didn’t stop the flow of […]

Posted on: Apr 1, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

First and (for now) Last – The Amazing Spider-Man

  With the (temporary) end of new Amazing Spider-Man comic strips it seems a good time for this. Stan Lee had a few runs at comic strips earlier in his career. In the early 1950s he wrote My Friend Irma and Hoody Doody. Later in The Fifties and stretching into the early Sixties he was […]

Posted on: Mar 24, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on First and (for now) Last – The Amazing Spider-Man

Some Stuff about Cartooning Editorial Opinions

  Patrick Chappette Wins the Not The Thomas Nast Award 80th Annual Overseas Press Club Awards Recognize Finest International Reporting THE BEST CARTOON AWARD [formerly The Thomas Nast Award] Best print, digital or graphic journalism on international affairs Patrick Chappatte The New York Times Judges: Patrick Chappatte’s cartoons for the New York Times were a […]

Posted on: Mar 22, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Spring Released

above: Macanudo by Liniers Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for March 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Laptops Are So Warm: An Ask a Cat Collection     Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of […]

Posted on: Mar 16, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Spring Released

Cartoonists: Bill Griffith, Tom Scott, Steve Ditko, Rube Goldberg, Jeff Kinney, Will McPhail

  Interview: Bill Griffith, Nobody’s Fool, and a Grand Career in Comics In 1976, Zippy began to appear in about 50 alternative weekly newspapers–syndicated only by me. From ’76 to ’85, Zippy was a weekly strip that I syndicated alone. In 1985, the San Francisco Examiner, a daily Hearst paper, was given over to a […]

Posted on: Mar 11, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists: Bill Griffith, Tom Scott, Steve Ditko, Rube Goldberg, Jeff Kinney, Will McPhail

National Women’s Hall of Fame Inducts Rose O’Neill

  The National Women’s Hall of Fame announced their 2019 inductees. Cartoonist Rose O’Neill of Kewpies fame was among the chosen. From the Hall’s O’Neill profile: Rose O’Neill: (1874-1944) As a successful artist, writer, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Rose boldly assisted with the activities of the woman suffrage movements coordinated by the National Woman’s Suffrage Association headquartered […]

Posted on: Mar 8, 2019,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on National Women’s Hall of Fame Inducts Rose O’Neill

Women’s History Month – Cartoonist Wing

Seems as good a time as any to drop these recent comic strip articles.   Where I’m Coming From by Barbara Brandon-Croft Where I’m Coming From’s mission as a comic meant to affect change rather than just entertain was twofold. First, Brandon-Croft wanted white readers to fully grasp the struggles of Black Americans as people […]

Posted on: Mar 8, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Women’s History Month – Cartoonist Wing