Author Archives: R.C. Harvey


Milton Caniff, Steve Canyon and the Fair Sex

In 1948 the usually shrewd cartoonist misjudged his public’s appetite for the risqué. Continue reading


Smilin’ Zack Mosley’s Wilder Blue Yonder

The bumpy beginnings and intriguing flight of Smilin’ Jack. Continue reading


A Stretch in the Bone Age: The Life and Cartooning Genius of V.T. Hamlin

The Harv turns his historical gaze upon the creator of Alley Oop. Continue reading


The Lawrence Welk of Cartoonists: Ernie, Nancy, and the Bushmiller Society

Bushmiller refined his art, honed it to its barest essentials, and thereby produced a comic strip that in many respects was the very apotheosis of a comic strip. Continue reading


Johnny Hart to Appear B.C.

The life, times and beliefs of Johnny Hart, creator of the caveman comic strip B.C. Continue reading


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


One Good Apple Proves a Barrel’s Worth

Untangling the surprisingly confused origins of Mary Worth. Continue reading

Betty Swords

At Swords’ Point: Humor As Weapon

The Life and Ordeals of a Woman Cartoonist.
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