Author Archives: R.C. Harvey

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Barney Google and Snuffy Smith: Billy DeBeck, Fred Lasswell, and John Rose

A legacy comic born out of a rollicking time and steered by three artists over many decades. Continue reading

 
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One Good Apple Proves a Barrel’s Worth

Untangling the surprisingly confused origins of Mary Worth. Continue reading

 
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At Swords’ Point: Humor As Weapon

The Life and Ordeals of a Woman Cartoonist.
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A Ringmaster Dies: Bil Keane, 1922-2011

Remembering the man and his life’s work. Continue reading

 
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Jud Hurd and Cartoonist PROfiles

A remembrance of the late, great comic strip gadfly, Jud Hurd. Continue reading

 
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Max Eastman, The Masses and the Invention of the Modern Gag Cartoon

A Lost Moment in the History of Cartooning Continue reading

 
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Forty and Counting: Bill Griffith’s Zippy

Zippy, the character, not the comic strip, passed the forty-year milestone late last year. Continue reading

 
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John Goldwater, the Comics Code Authority, and Archie

How a Poor Orphan Boy Invented One but Not the Other.
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