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What Might Have Been – Superman Comic Strip

Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. After years of failing to get Superman published in one form or another Jerry and Joe, in 1938, got the hero published in a comic book. Superman made Action Comics an instant hit and by the end of 1938 the creators were producing their long-desired newspaper strip that […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Tales From Cartooning

Joe Kubert is an acknowledged master of the comic arts,but here Mark Avila appreciates him as the greatest teacher of the comic arts.   The Society of Illustrators has organized ways for you to enjoy the Museum and our programming online! This includes exhibits, panels, podcasts, and children’s activities. Explore our #MuseumFromHome through our new […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2020,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! A Bountiful Harvest

hat tip to Adrienne Hedger for the above book comic Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2020 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Drawing Fire: The Editorial Cartoons of Bill Mauldin   Be More Snoopy   […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: 0 Comments

First and Last – Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger

Most comics historians, in writing about Jackie Ormes, note her Torchy Brown comic strip for which she is justly famous. But Ormes’ biographer Nancy Goldstein notes that  “it is Patty-Jo that the readers of the Courier whom I talked to seem to remember most vividly.” Goldstein continues: That a girl child expressed wisdom, exposed folly, […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger

Jackie Ormes Honored with Google Doodle

Today (September 1) cartoonist Jackie Ormes is being honored with a Google Doodle slideshow. Jackie Ormes was born Zelda Mavin Jackson on August 1, 1911, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She taught herself to draw at an early age and showcased her skills with a page of cartoons in her high school yearbook. After graduation, she entered […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Happy George Herriman’s Birthday from Tisserand

George Herriman was born 140 years ago on August 22, 1880. To celebrate Michael Tisserand, the author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White (highly recommended), has given us a present. Sez Michael: In 2016, when I published Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, I included an author’s note […]

Posted on: Aug 22, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Happy George Herriman’s Birthday from Tisserand

Hy Eisman: A Life in Comics Feature Documentary

With over 70 years of drawing and writing and teaching comics, Hy Eisman can certainly fill a documentary. The current cartoonist of the Popeye Sunday page is the subject of a documentary … with our help. Marco Cutrone and Vincent Zambrano are organizing a fundraiser to complete the production of a film celebrating Hy’s achievements. […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Hotter Than a Match Head

above: Mutts by Patrick McDonnell   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age a short review of Trina’s new […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Hotter Than a Match Head

Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Famed comics publisher James Warren turns 90 today – born July 29, 1930. I guess technically he should be an Honorary Senior Stripper since Jim didn’t write or draw comics. But he certainly was a major supporter and influencer of comic books with his black and white magazines. During The Sixties and into The Seventies […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Barbara Brandon-Croft: Where She’s Coming From

Back in our younger days we would enjoy the Where I’m Coming From comic strip in The Sunday Oakland Tribune by the younger still Barbara Brandon-Croft. So it brings a smile when Barbara is in the news. Today courtesy the Post News Group: Historically, Black cartoonists have never enjoyed the same representation as their white […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Don’t Know Much About History

I have a fascination with comics history, and a deep a appreciation of comics historians. My meager knowledge is buttressed by the writings of some great researchers. Following are a few of the wonderful teachers that inform us about comics past and present by way of some go-to blogs.   American Newspaper Comics by Allan […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Don’t Know Much About History

Last Week Today – Comic News Roundup

A new weekly comic “Informal Drawings” by Peter Slemen IPWatchdog.com, which focuses on intellectual property issues, now features a new weekly comic: IPWatchdog is pleased to announce the launch of our weekly comic series, brought to you by Wei & Sleman founding partner, Peter Sleman. Peter’s Comic Strip, appropriately named “Informal Drawings”, is a weekly […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Last Week Today – Comic News Roundup

A Hostile Life In The Boondocks

In 1999 Aaron McGruder shook up the comics pages in America’s newspapers. In 1997, not long after Aaron McGruder pulled The Boondocks from his college newspaper, he submitted his strip to syndicates, companies that provide comics, puzzles, and advice columns to hundreds of newspapers…The rejections piled on, with the syndicates feeling that The Boondocks was […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on A Hostile Life In The Boondocks

Al Jaffee, at 99, is Interviewed

When you worked for Eisner and then when you got out of the service and worked for Stan Lee, were all of your colleagues obsessed with comics? Did you talk a lot about comics and the artists in the field. I think in the back of the minds of everybody who could draw straight figures […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Al Jaffee, at 99, is Interviewed

Newly Discovered – Davis’ Pre-Garfield Garfield *updated

Last year Quinton Reviews gave us an introduction to pre-Garfield Jim Davis. Earlier this year he spent some vacation time delving deeper into Davis’s Comics From the Unknown. So here is more about Gnorm Gnat, and Jon, and even some Jim Davis high school cartooning. Hey, there’s even some Garfield! Watch The Origin of Jim […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments