Author Archives: Frank M. Young

The Enigma of Cecil Jensen, Part Two: Elmo Without Elmo

The later years, when Elmo made way for Little Debbie. Continue reading

 

The Enigma of Cecil Jensen, Part One: The Road to Elmo

An appreciation of the 1940s strip Elmo, which was both ahead of its time and behind the times—possessing the absurd cool of a Nathanael West or S. J. Perelman and droll ensemble comedy reminiscent of Thimble Theater. Continue reading

 

“These Are the Memories We Cherish”: Marriage Wed to Adventure in Buz Sawyer

Though full of stark violence, the triumph of Roy Crane’s Buz Sawyer is a character study that shows the impact of an adventurous life on a down-to-earth marriage. Continue reading

 

Dean Miller: In (and Out) Like Flint

There are hundreds of unknown sob stories in comics. Creators routinely signed away the rights to their original concepts, had their work butchered by heavy-handed editors, and suffered as the comics industry weathered financial upheavals. And that’s just comic books. Newspaper strips are another thing. Continue reading

 

“A Tricky Cad”: The Gravies, Sawdust and Chester Gould

The meta-strips within 1950s and ’60s Dick Tracy. Continue reading

 

An Interview with Yvan Guillo/Samplerman

A quiet revolution in comics—as relates to its connection with fine art and design—is staged on the tumblr of Yvan Guillo, under the pen name of Samplerman. Using castaway imagery from comics—much of it found at free websites like the … Continue reading

 

The Gould Rush: The Mad Allure of Dick Tracy

It’s time someone came out and said it—Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy is bonkers. Stark raving crazy. But it’s an American crazy—we feel at home in it. Continue reading

 

Working Stiff, Working Loose: The 1950s Career of John Stanley

The middle years of a comic book genius. Continue reading