Comic Strip Chronicles – A Look Back

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Hermes Press interviews Sy Barry on his years as The Phantom comic strip artist.

In a way I got to feel that the way [Lee Falk] tried to minimize my impact on the strip every turn he could find. I began to get more and more turned off to him. I tried my best to be pleasant with him and tried to look away at some of the things he did behind my back, some pretty sneaky, but I just, I found out about him and I let my lawyer know what it was about and he said, “we’ll just have to stay more wary of it” you know. But never the less it never quite affected me financially, but it could have if I hadn’t found out in time.


© Shary Flenniken

Shary Flenniken tweets that an ad for her new Trots and Bonnie comic strip collection appears in the new American Bystander magazine, along with eight pages of Trots and Bonnie strips that don’t appear in the book. Continuing with the number eight are bookplates created for the new book – The Comics Journal showcases the bookplates. Bud Plant has held up shipping the new book so they can go with the signed bookplates.


Tony Guida interviews comic strip and comic book cartoonist Al Jaffee at 100.


© Archie Comics

Who created Archie? Bob Montana? John Goldwater? Vic Bloom? Joe Edwards?

At Archie Comics, they steadfastly maintain that Archie was the creation of Goldwater, one of the trio that founded the company. But that is not true. Montana explains in his interview with Jud Hurd.

Soon after joining MLJ Magazines, Montana told Hurd, he was approached by Goldwater, who “said they’d like me to try and create a teenage strip.”

At first blush, it looks like Goldwater was the creative impetus. On second blush, it gets complicated.

Robert C. Harvey sorts through all the claims at The Comics Journal.