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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: 0 Comments

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

The Mystery of the Missing Vintage Strips

Comics Kingdom has lost some of Zane Grey’s “King of the Royal Mounted” Vintage strips. We found’em. Comics Kingdom will resume with the Dec 31, 1944 strip. And they accidentally re-ran yesterday’s Vintage Judge Parker from June 6, 1977. Here’s today’s: Carry on.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Mystery of the Missing Vintage Strips

Al Jaffee Retires at 99

After putting in a mere 79 years as a professional cartoonist Al Jaffee is retiring. From Michael Cavna: Al Jaffee, officially the longest-working comic artist ever, has decided to retire at age 99. So to mark his farewell, Mad’s “Usual Gang of Idiots” will salute Jaffee with a tribute issue next week. It will be […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Mad Medieval Marginalia

All of us, at one time or another, have written in the margins of our books. I continue to do it (e.g., my copy of Allan Holtz’s American Newspaper Comics). Not as many of us doodle in the margins, though at least one person has made a career of it. But centuries before Sergio Aragonés […]

Posted on: Jun 5, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Mad Medieval Marginalia

Trina Robbins: A Life Fighting Sexism; Now Ageism

Robbins, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., recalls taking her weekly, 10-cent allowance to the neighborhood candy store and after studying the week’s selection, buying any comic that featured young girls and women. At home, she wrote and illustrated her own comics and dreamt of publication. Robbins insists she did not come from a dysfunctional […]

Posted on: May 29, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Trina Robbins: A Life Fighting Sexism; Now Ageism

CSotD: Provocative Women

We’ll take a break for a review of what I’m going to call a “provocative book,” a graphic history of the women’s suffrage movement through the eyes, and pens, of 32 female cartoonists. And let me start by recommending you buy a copy: You can purchase a PDF now or preorder a print version (August […]

Posted on: May 19, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: 9 Comments

A History of Pandemics on the Funny Pages

Comics historian Michael Tisserand takes a look at the current crop of coronavirus comic strips, with a particular eye on Curtis. The first widely syndicated newspaper comic to address COVID-19 was Bill Hinds’ “Tank McNamara,” a sports-themed strip that had to contend with the sudden absence of professional sports. “Curtis” followed shortly after. Cartoonist Stephan […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on A History of Pandemics on the Funny Pages

On Comics History

James Herbert (1943–2013), one of the best-selling horror writers in the world, was a devoted admirer of Tufts’s work, and he claimed that there was no writer in the world who was better at action and staging a plot. Bill Blackbeard (1926–2011), a man known for preserving the treasures and history of newspaper comics, defending […]

Posted on: May 8, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on On Comics History

CSotD: A Pause In Our Usual Schedule

(We’ll do Friday Funnies on Saturday this week) (Scott Clissold) On this anniversary, we are engaged in a new struggle against the coronavirus which demands the same spirit of national endeavour that you exemplified 75 years ago. We cannot pay our tribute with the parades and street celebrations we enjoyed in the past; your loved […]

Posted on: May 8, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

First and Last – Rick O’Shay, Latigo

The western strip Rick O’Shay by Stan Lynde began in 1958. It first appeared on April 27, 1958 (below), taking over the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate spot occupied by Ferd Johnson’s Texas Slim Sunday strip which ended the week before; both being humorous cowboy strips. Ferd Johnson, who had been ghosting for Frank Willard’s […]

Posted on: May 3, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – Rick O’Shay, Latigo

Today! Where We’re Coming From (Online Event)

The Billy Ireland Library and Museum reminds us: Rebecca Wanzo, Associate Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University will discuss her new book, The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging. Following her presentation, Wanzo will join cartoonists Bianca Xunise and Barbara Brandon-Croft. Xunise and Brandon-Croft’s work pushes boundaries […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Events, Comments: Comments Off on Today! Where We’re Coming From (Online Event)

A Virtual Visit to The Billy Ireland Library & Museum

As the Columbus Dispatch says: For those who haven’t set foot in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, now is not the time. But during the COVID-19 closure of the Ohio State University facility, thousands of the cartoons, comics, drawings and other materials in its collection – the largest of its kind in the […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Exhibits, Museums, Comments: Comments Off on A Virtual Visit to The Billy Ireland Library & Museum

Flash Gordon Original Art Almost Half Million $$

The combined price for the original art making up the first Flash Gordon/Jungle Jim page of January 7, 1934 sold for over a half million dollars today at Profiles in History. The original art of the first Flash Gordon strip by Alex Raymond sold for $480,000, a record for original comic strip art. The original […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Flash Gordon Original Art Almost Half Million $$

Comics Community Comity Amid Covid Concerns

above: Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press   With all the important places closing, some comics people are trying to make our lives a bit more tolerable while we all huddle at home shelter in place.   Cartoonist Joe Wos has his YouTube channel for kids of all ages to learn How To […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, How-to, Comments: Comments Off on Comics Community Comity Amid Covid Concerns