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What Might Have Been – Tarzan

  Today’s Sunday Tarzan comic strip was the last by Gray Morrow (originally dated August 19, 2001). A bit over 18 years on the Sunday strip, at the end Morrow had to increasingly rely on assistants due to a progressive affliction with Parkinson’s Disease. If ERB Inc./Andrews McMeel continue with the original run, we will […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Donald Duck is 85

  Donald Duck was introduced to the public when Walt Disney and company adapted The Little Red Hen fable as the Silly Symphony short The Wise Little Hen premiered on June 9, 1934.   https://zippy.gfycat.com/EducatedImaginativeGrunion.webm above: via gfycat   At the same time Donald Duck debuted in print as part of a Walt Disney partnership […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2019,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: D-Day Plus One

  Peter Brookes holds up the mirror with a cartoon so simple that I almost passed it by as obvious. But sometimes “obvious” is  the best message, the clearest possible image, and Trump makes it obvious himself, and not only by adopting the “America First” slogan that our bund leaders and isolationists used when they […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

CSotD: D-Day the Sixth of June

One of the keys to looking up contemporary coverage of historic moments is that you really have to look at the newspapers of the next day, though if you look at June 6, 1944, the time difference between France and even the East Coast of the United States meant that morning papers who were on […]

Posted on: Jun 5, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

Let me begin by apologizing to Mr. Jacobs for being a day late.   above: birthday greeting from MAD Magazine   From 1957 to 2007 (and occasionally since) Frank Jacobs was a major contributor to MAD Magazine; and he didn’t just ease in, he jumped in with five articles in his first issue.     […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

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: 1 Comment

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: Comments Off on Jack Davis as Sports Cartoonist

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