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Comics & Art: Cartoonists Chronicles-20201210

Some historical essays from the past week.   William Gropper: Social Justice Cartoonist   GROPPER, who was contributing to other radical magazines (like The Rebel Worker, The Morning Freiheit,  and The Revolutionary Age) as well as mainstream magazines (The Bookman, The Dial, and Frank Harris’ New Pearson’s Magazine), married his second wife in 1924, and […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, King Features, Comments: Comments Off on Comics & Art: Cartoonists Chronicles-20201210

Paul E. Fitzgerald – RIP

Journalist and civil servant Paul E. Fitzgerald has passed away. Paul Edward (Fitz) FitzgeraldNovember 26, 1926 – December 3, 2020   From the obituary: He entered the US Army as an enlisted man during WW2, serving as a heavy weapons crewman. After completing Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in charge […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Magazines, Obituary, Publications, Comments: Comments Off on Paul E. Fitzgerald – RIP

Origin of a Species-Cartoonist Chronicles 20201203

Historical articles gathered from the past week. The comic strip Fluffy Ruffles debuted in the Sunday edition of the New York Herald on February 3, 1907, and was syndicated in the American press, such as in the Omaha Bee and the San Francisco Call. Although the comic strip lasted only two years (the last installment […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Origin of a Species-Cartoonist Chronicles 20201203

Zippy Forces a Comic Strip History Lesson

Zippy © Bill Griffith; Gnome and Hitchhiker © King Features Syndicate Today’s Zippy, featuring The Pinhead visiting Paul Bunyan and The Little Hitchhiker in Foozland (or are they meeting Zippy on Earth-Z?), may need some explaining. The confusing Foozland was created by Gene Ahern in his weird and fascinating comic strip The Squirrel Cage. Paul […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Holiday Extravaganza

More history (or nostalgia, depending on your age) than commentary today. These are the cartoons you’d have seen in your papers a half century ago, specifically on November 26, 1970, which was Thanksgiving that year, too. Kent State was a few months in the past, the Draft Lottery a few weeks in the future. The […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 15 Comments

Original Art to Rare 1953 Peanuts Promotional Item

In the Spring of 1954 newspaper readers were offered, for the price of a self-addressed stamped envelope, “The Peanuts Album.” a twelve page booklet featuring the then stars of Charles M. Schulz‘s comic strip. As the promo above notes there were 10,000 of the items printed, now a rarity. But now the original art for […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

COVID-19 Resurgence: The Billy Ireland Closes

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is closing again: Beginning Friday, November 20, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Galleries and Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room will temporarily close in compliance with the Franklin County Stay-At-Home advisory issued on November 18. This decision to close, made with careful guidance from The Ohio State […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Events, Exhibits, Museums, Comments: Comments Off on COVID-19 Resurgence: The Billy Ireland Closes

Cartoonist Chronicles

Recent (and not-so-recent) articles on comic and cartoon history. God’s Man, A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynn Ward This is “Gods’ Man,” a 1929 black-and-white wordless novel that tells a Faustian tale of ambition, love, greed and death. It’s by the illustrator and woodcut artist Lynd Ward. It is widely regarded as the first American […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartoonists’ Profiles

© Grant Snider Grant Snider, whose newest collection “I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf,” was nominated for a 2020 Goodreads Choice Award gets profiled in The Derby Informer. Once he went off to college at the University of Kansas, Snider began drawing comics for the student newspaper, “The University Daily Kansan.” He was drawing […]

Posted on: Nov 5, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists’ Profiles

CSotD: Challenging the Outcome, 1876 version

The classic political cartoon from the disputed election of 1876 is this Joseph Keppler piece in which NY Senator Roscoe Conking is seen blessing, in a Satanic sense, the union of Rutherford B. Hayes with Columbia, the symbol of the nation. Since I’m working the polls today and don’t have time to post a contemporary […]

Posted on: Nov 3, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Macanudo © Liniers, distributed by King Features Syndicate   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921   Frankie Comics   BB3X: […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Rarities – Early Ernie Bushmiller

Famed cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller was struggling until he took over Larry Whittington’s Fritzi Ritz in 1925. That led to a comfortable living, made much more comfortable when he introduced Nancy to the world in 1933. If any comic is mentioned about Ernie’s pre-Fritzi career it his Mac the Manager. But there were a few other […]

Posted on: Oct 11, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Appreciating Tom Toles

As reported elsewhere here, Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the month. And, as this 1987 cartoon — scanned from a clipped, yellowed copy — indicates, I’ve been a Tom Toles fan for a long time. Back in them thar days, I was 37, with kids about […]

Posted on: Oct 11, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Some Comic Strip History

“He is one of the all-time great cartoonists because he makes the craft integral to the entire endeavor look so easy, even enjoyable,” the theoretician and practitioner of comics, Ivan Brunetti, writes in the introduction to an upcoming collection of Gross’s work, “Gross Exaggerations: The Meshuga Comic Strips of Milt Gross.” The New Yorker previews […]

Posted on: Oct 10, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Some Comic Strip History

CSotD: I don’t know why they swallowed the fly

Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. — Matthew 23:24   This pair of tweets appeared together in my feed. Rob is a friend and a good guy and he’s right about the number, but he’s wrong about “great.” There have already been several fly jokes, and I say “joke” […]

Posted on: Oct 8, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments