Author Archives: John Kelly

About John Kelly

John F. Kelly has been writing for The Comics Journal since the early 1990s. He is the Executive Director of The ToonSeum, one of the very few museums of comics and cartoon art in the world. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

He Never Understood Why I Was Drawing Fred Mertz

Drew Friedman’s Heroes of the Comics exhibition is opening Thursday, May 4th at 6 pm at the Society of Illustrators. Continue reading

 

Before Neat Stuff: A Look at Some of Peter Bagge’s Lost Early Work

New York, 1980s — the young Peter Bagge finds his way.
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Another Look at the East Village Eye

“There was no money.  I think we were actually paid in drugs.” — Mark Michaelson, former art director The East Village Eye Lower New York has been the scene for numerous “art movements,” and the decade between the mid-70s and … Continue reading

 

An Interview with Kaz

A 1996 interview with the creator of Underworld. Continue reading

 

Rockin’ in the New Year with The Rocket’s Xmas Covers

Happy Holidays to everyone, whatever it is you celebrate–or not celebrate–this time of the year.  In the spirit of the New Year, and in an effort to further explore some historical connections between comics and other forms of popular culture, … Continue reading

 

On Ching Chow, Lucky Numbers, and Gambling

A seemingly unimportant sports-page panel strip, Ching Chow touches on a number of cultural reference points—racism, mysticism, gambling, and early comics history. Continue reading

 

Brief Talks With Bill Griffith and Steve Cerio

Previews of upcoming features. Continue reading

 

The Woes of Working for Hef

Cartooning legends from Jack Cole to Harvey Kurtzman drew for the deep-pocketed, wannabe cartoonist Hugh Hefner, but there were some significant downsides. Continue reading