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Gus Arriola, Bill Watterson, Orrin Evans, and Cartoonyfellers (A Comic Chronicles Edition)

How Gus Arriola and Gordo Became Accidental Ambassadors of Mexican Culture When Arriola started his comic strip, words like ‘burrito’ were unknown in the United States “Gordo,” August 21, 1966; © UFS, Inc. Gordo, published between 1941 and 1985, was created, drawn, and written by Arriola; it was distributed by the United Feature Syndicate. The […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2022,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! An Autumn Overload!

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Nothing Echoes like an Empty Mailbox  (more about the USPS book)     Ink, Blood, and Linseed Oil    Celebrating 30 […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

A Fiersk an’ Arful Pirake

He is to Popeye … what Ming is to Flash Gordon. … what Bull Dawson is to Captain Easy. … what Susie is to Calvin. And though he was well-known to the sailor man,and had been skulking around the ship for a week, we first met him 90 years ago today.   The rest of […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Eighty Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Years With Pogo

  According to comic book historians who keep track of such things, Animal Comics #1 from Dell Publishing was released 80 years ago today. Its claim to fame is that the comic book featured the debut of Pogo Possum and Albert the Alligator by Walt Kelly. The occupants of Okefenokee were not birthed fully formed, […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Rarity: Etta Hulme’s Comic Strip “The Strangers”

Famed Texas editorial cartoonist Etta Hulme (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram 1972 – 2008) drew a comic strip for her newspaper for a month and a half in 1980.   Before we get to the 1980 comic strip let’s note that the “comeback” mentioned in the above promo was a reference to a Jerry Flemmens humor column […]

Posted on: Sep 5, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Rarity: Etta Hulme’s Comic Strip “The Strangers”

Lucien De Gieter Joins TDC’s Senior Strippers Club

Lucien De Gieter, born September 4, 1932, turns 90 today and becomes one of The Daily Cartoonist’s Senior Strippers. Lucien’s entry at the Lambiek Comiclopedia: Lucien De Gieter is a Belgian comic artist, since the 1960s a prominent artist for Spirou magazine and best known for his comic series ‘Papyrus’. De Gieter began his association […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on Lucien De Gieter Joins TDC’s Senior Strippers Club

Comparing Buck Rogers and Anthony Rogers (Comic Chronicles)

In August 1928, Philip Francis Nowlan published a short story called “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” in the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories. Six months later, in March of 1929, he published a sequel, “The Airlords of Han”. The hero of both of these novellas was a man named Anthony Rogers. In between those two pulp stories […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comparing Buck Rogers and Anthony Rogers (Comic Chronicles)

Szyk Show – Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – A special exhibit examining the work of artist and political cartoonist Arthur Szyk will be on public display at The National WWII Museum starting Sept. 2. In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights will showcase more than 50 of Szyk’s original works, which focus on humanitarian issues that the world faced in […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Szyk Show – Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights

1990 Numbers (Comic Strip Survey)

This week saw the return of Jeffrey Lindenblatt’s survey of newspaper comic strip trends of the past, this time he looks at the circulation figures of comics in 300 269 newspapers during the year of 1990 (in three parts). What strip were on the rise, which comics were losing clients. The end of Bloom County […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on 1990 Numbers (Comic Strip Survey)

Olive & Popeye – New Comics Kingdom Strip

Debuting today (August 30, 2022) is Olive & Popeye, a new twice weekly webcomic from Comics Kingdom starring a couple of characters that have been around for 90 to 100 years. The comic strip is by Shadia Amin and Randy Milholland. As Comics Kingdom explains: Olive & Popeye will be available every Tuesday & Thursday […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Olive & Popeye – New Comics Kingdom Strip

Kat, Mouse, & The Brick of Love (The Way it Began)

Everyone is familiar with Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse and The Brick. It began with the introduction of the pair in the July 26, 1910 issue of The Dingbat Family where George Herriman felt the need to fill in the bottom of the comic strip so the space did not go to waste. But what […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Kat, Mouse, & The Brick of Love (The Way it Began)

I’m Late, I’m Late, for a Very Important Date (Weekend Roundup)

September Mourn above: “Morning Music” by Sempé © Condé Nast The New Yorker’s new issue (dated September 5, 2022) features a J. J. Sempé cover (the 114th) in tribute to the artist who passed away earlier this month. The cover story feature: The French artist’s widow describes Sempé’s decades-long relationship with the magazine and his […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Events, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Movies, Profiles, Comments: 1 Comment

Ella Cinders – A Plum(b) Job (Comic Chronicles)

Folktales are told and retold through the generations with each adding its own twist. The story of Cinderella is one that cartoonist Charles Plumb brought into the 20th century with his newspaper comic strip he called “Ella Cinders.” Charles Plumb was born in 1899 … He worked as an artist on Chautauqua circuits before finding […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Profiles, Comments: 1 Comment

First and Last – Mutt and Jeff Part 2: Examiner

When last we checked in with Bud Fisher he had created the first successful daily newspaper comic strip* Mr. A. Mutt, which debuted on November 15, 1907 in the San Francisco Chronicle. The daily was an instant San Francisco treat and proved to be a great circulation booster for M. H. de Young‘s newspaper, which […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – Mutt and Jeff Part 2: Examiner

Max Beerbohm Sesquicentennial

Max Beerbohm was born 150 years ago. A Catalogue of The Caricatures of Max Beerbohm (1972)From Wikipedia: Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (24 August 1872 – 20 May 1956) was an English essayist, parodist and caricaturist under the signature Max. He first became known in the 1890s as a dandy and a humourist. He was the […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2022,  Section: Caricature, Comic history, Illustration, International, Comments: Comments Off on Max Beerbohm Sesquicentennial