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 a fictional costumed superhero crime-fighter, is the oldest of its genre in Norway. It first appeared in color in A-Magasinet, the Aftenposten weekly magazine supplement, on Nov. 26, 1939, just six months after the strip in color first appeared in the United States on May 28, 1939.

A daily newspaper black-and-white strip followed, a translation of the American daily strip first published on Feb. 17, 1936. Fantomet first appeared in the afternoon edition of Aftenposten, the only Norwegian newspaper that then had two editions a day.

But all things must pass.

But with time, the popularity of Fantomet waned…That led to Aftenposten announcing that the last strip would be published in May 2019 and to Egmont Publishing suspending the comic book after the current one.



Garfield’s Fat Cat Guide to STEM Breakthroughs

“Combining Lerner’s 60 years of children’s publishing expertise with Garfield’s entertaining approach makes for a great partnership to introduce young readers to STEM concepts and comic creations.”

The Associated Press carries the story of the new four book series launching in Fall 2019.



2019 Hugo Award and 1944 Retro Hugo Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced online [this week] by Dublin 2019.

There were 1800 valid nominating ballots (1797 electronic and 3 paper) received and counted from the members of the 2018 and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions for the 2019 Hugo Awards. For the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, 217 valid nominating ballots (214 electronic and 3 paper) were received.

The 1944 Retro Awards (for works published in 1943) include a Best Graphic Story division:

Best Graphic Story

  • Buck Rogers: Martians Invade Jupiter, by Philip Nowlan and Dick Calkins (National Newspaper Service)
  • Flash Gordon: Fiery Desert of Mongo, by Alex Raymond (King Features Syndicate)
  • Garth, by Steve Dowling (Daily Mirror)
  • Plastic Man #1: The Game of Death, by Jack Cole (Vital Publications)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne [The Secret of the Unicorn], by Hergé (Le Soir)
  • Wonder Woman #5: Battle for Womanhood, written by William Moulton Marsden, art by Harry G. Peter (DC Comics)

Here is the full 2019 Hugo Awards list of nominees.



Gladys Parker Biography by Trina Robbins

Famed cartoonist and comics historian Trina Robbins
is writing a biography of famed cartoonist Gladys Parker.

Parker moved to New York when she was 18 to study fashion illustration, and in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s she wrote and drew a number of newspaper comic strips, including the flapper strips Gay and her Gang and Flapper Fanny (she took over the latter from creator Ethel Hays).  In 1939 she launched Mopsy, modeling the lead character after herself in both looks and wit.



Late add-on

Steve Martin/Harry Bliss Collaboration Continues

Last week saw comedian/actor Steve Martin and comic/cartoonist Harry Bliss join forces on the Tribune Content Agency syndicated panel Bliss. The team-up continues this week with every other panel (so far) being a joint effort.

How long will this go on? According to TCA – “indefinitely.”

Entertainer Steve Martin is joining forces with cartoonist Harry Bliss and will be collaborating on the syndicated “Bliss” cartoon panel indefinitely.

Tribune Content Agency informs.