Author Archives: R.C. Harvey

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Outcault, Goddard, the Comics, and the Yellow Kid

How They Unwittingly Conspired To Bring a New Mass Medium into Popular Culture. Continue reading

 
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The Life and Notary Sojac of Bill Holman Continue reading

 
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Consider the Source of the Crisis in the Newspaper Comics Strip Kingdom

A Perverse and Cynical Contrary View Full of Hope. Continue reading

 
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The Economics of Comics: How Money Influenced the Art

It is ironic that the economics of the industry have for so much of its history worked against the art. Continue reading

 
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Ted Rall vs the Los Angeles Times

A look at the varying accounts surrounding the Los Angeles Times’ firing of Ted Rall, and whether the LAPD told the newspaper to do it. Continue reading

 
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Modesty Blaise and Peter O’Donnell and the Last Great Adventure Strip

To me, Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin are a literary pair that ranks with Damon and Phintias. Or Roland and Oliver. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Continue reading

 
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Otto Soglow and the Little King: The Silent Runs Deep

A profile of the pantomime master. Continue reading

 
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Trudeau’s Charlie, PEN’s Charlie, and Geller’s Charlie

The question of offensiveness abounds. Continue reading