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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

First and Last – Drago, Dondi

Burne Hogarth took over the Tarzan Sunday page from Harold Foster and, like Foster, became very famous drawing that feature. After eight and a half years Hogarth walked away from the strip. From a 1982 Comics Scene interview: CS: Why did you leave Tarzan after 10 years? BH: Very simply, you’re talking about United (syndicate) […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

CSotD: Holiday Delights

If you haven’t had quite enough Thanksgiving, I recommend a trip to Paul Berge’s blog, where you can check out Thanksgiving cartoons from roughly a century ago, including this post-WWI John McCutcheon piece noting that, while Extravagance, Unrest and the High Cost of Living were still dining at the table, War, Hunger and Hard Times […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Charlie Brown and Pogo Possum Correspondence

Charles Schulz writing to Walt Kelly (late 1954): My book is filled with so much bad work, that I would consider it presumptuous on my part to send you one. After the first book came out, I wished that they would put out another so that my more recent work would show up. Now that […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Charlie Brown and Pogo Possum Correspondence

A Cumulative Remembrance – Gahan Wilson

A collection of news stories and tributes on the death of Gahan Wilson. above: Michael Cavna-Warped News The Washington Post The New York Times The Associated Press (via The Los Angeles Times) 27East – The South Hampton Press CNN   Comics Sites The Comics Journal Multiversity Comics Comic Book Resources Four Realities Grand Comics Database […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, news, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on A Cumulative Remembrance – Gahan Wilson

Lew Little – RIP

Famed comics syndicator Lew Little has passed away. Lewis Auburn (Lew) Little September 1, 1933 – November 21, 2019   From the obituary: Some of the world’s best-known comic strips were discovered by Little during a career spanning 80 years. He launched “Wee Pals,” the first integrated comic strip by Morrie Turner, and “Tumbleweeds,” a […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

The Improbable Remains On his How To book tour Randall Munroe goes north to Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports on Randall’s lecture there.   The Spurns that Patient Merit of th’ Unworthy Takes At the time of this writing, the two most influential politicians in the United States are a real estate developer who became […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

Hey Kids! Comics! Giving Thanks for Comics

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Mac Raboy: Master of the Comics   The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918   Tales From the Trumpster Fire: […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Giving Thanks for Comics