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2020 Eisner Hall of Fame Judge’s Choices (and Nominees): Nell Brinkley and E. Simms Campbell

The 2020 Judges’ Choices for automatic inclusion into the Eisner Hall of Fame are Nell Brinkley and E. Simms Campbell. Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) has announced that the Eisner Awards judges have selected two individuals to automatically be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2020. These inductees are pioneering newspaper cartoonist Nell […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2020,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

John Romita Senior now a Senior Stripper

Happy Birthday John Romita, born January 24, 1930. John now becomes a member of our Senior Strippers Club. John is famous, of course, for being a premiere romance comic book artist for DC and Marvel.   John’s long comic book career saw him do everything from western heroes to super heroes.   He even managed […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Wolfgang Fuchs – RIP

Comics author, historian, and translator Wolfgang J. Fuchs has passed away. Wolfgang J. Fuchs September 16, 1945 – January 20, 2020 author, journalist, film historian comics author, historian, translator   From Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University Libraries: Just seeing the news, posted by his daughter Anna, that Wolfgang Fuchs passed […]

Posted on: Jan 20, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

150 Years Ago: Thomas Nast & Democrat Donkey

On January 15, 1870 Thomas Nast drew his first Democratic Donkey cartoon. The repeated use of the image by the Dean of American Editorial Cartooning insured that the symbol would become lasting. By the 1880s it was understood by all that The Donkey equaled The Democrats. The above cartoon is often called the first use […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

When Paul Conrad Forgot the Caption

Among the Giants of Editorial Cartooning in the last half of the 20th Century and into the 21st was Paul Conrad of The Los Angeles Times. While Pat Oliphant, another giant of the times, would ridicule his subjects Paul would pound them. Conrad seldom went for a laugh, his cartoons brought the realization, and anger, […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Oliphant: “Being a Cartoonist is a Great Privilege”

In 2018 the great editorial cartoonist Pat Oliphant donated a great deal of his papers to the University of Virginia. Last Fall the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library had sorted through enough of the material to set up a very good exhibit of the master cartoonist. Oliphant: Unpacking the Archive […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

1924 is Now Public Domain for 2020

Print and film classics from 1924 become public domain on January 1, 2020. Some famous comic strips which were created in 1924 finally have their debut year now p.d. Boots and Her Buddies first appeared on February 18, 1924 from the NEA Service. So there is most of the year available there. Here is a […]

Posted on: Jan 1, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: The 1944th Noel

Looking back 75 years, we find ourselves on the edge of victory but with plenty yet to go. There was a lot of good news: The Allies were about to break the German hold on what would be known as the Battle of the Bulge, though the fighting would continue for another month, while, in […]

Posted on: Dec 25, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

David Horsey Gets Full-Page Seattle Times Cartoon

The Seattle Times, taking a page from their past… A few years ago, when The Seattle Times was relocating from its old building on Fairview Avenue North and John Street, a pile of old editorial cartoons landed in my new Denny Way office. The artist, Sam Groff, who worked for The Seattle Times from 1935 […]

Posted on: Dec 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on David Horsey Gets Full-Page Seattle Times Cartoon

Hey Kids! Comics! For Under the Tree

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for December 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   LOAC Essentials Volume 14: Barney Google, 1928   Anatomy of Authors   Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips   Choke Gasp! The Best […]

Posted on: Dec 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! For Under the Tree

Al Jaffee Hands Fold-In Off to Johnny Sampson

Johnny Sampson notes: I did the “Special Edition MAD 20 Fold-In”, out this week! Some of you know this but @original.aljaffee gave me his blessing a while back, and this is (to my knowledge) the first non-Al Jaffee Fold-in MAD’s ever published. I’m thrilled he got to see it in print for himself. (I think […]

Posted on: Dec 12, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

The Best Selling Comic Strips of the Past 40 Years

Allan Holtz’s Stripper’s Guide has provided comics researcher Jeffrey Lindenblatt a platform to present his latest project. Jeffrey has taken 300 newspapers, from large to small. and used them as a source to extrapolate the best selling newspaper comics strips from 1978 to 2019. Says Jeffrey: I decided that I would research 300 different daily […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on The Best Selling Comic Strips of the Past 40 Years

1933 – When Newspapers (and Comics) Reigned

The height of the depression might have been the height of the rule of newspapers, and the major feature in newspapers then was the comic strip. Inflation Calculator says $1,000 in 1933 equals almost $20,000 today.   Popular cartoonists were celebrities. and magazines included feature stories about their success. The April 1933 issue of Fortune […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 1933 – When Newspapers (and Comics) Reigned

Willie and Joe and World War 3 (Mauldin, 1951)

Here’s the story in a nutshell. In May, 1952, after the Russian invasion of Yugoslavia, the principal United Nations countries and the United States declare war. The United States uses atomic bombs against Russian industrial complexes. Soviet forces invade West Germany, the Middle East and Alaska. US forces, in disarray, have retreated on all fronts. […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

Dick Tracy, With Special Guest Stars… (beginning)

In the nearly nine years that Mike Curtis and Joe Staton have been doing Dick Tracy special appearances and cameos began showing up fairly quickly. These eventually turned into regular guest starring roles for (mostly) retired comic strip characters. Currently Steve Roper and Mike Nomad are taking a turn as guests in the Dick Tracy […]

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