Author Archives: Michael Dean

Steve Ditko 1927-2018

A reflection on the life of Steve Ditko, best known for his many contributions at Marvel and across the comics industry. Continue reading

 

Speculative Fiction Author and Provocateur Harlan Ellison Dies

Science fiction’s enfant terrible passed away June 27 at the age of 84. He was born in advance of the boomer tide, but in a sense, Ellison was the voice — or a voice — of that generation. Continue reading

 

Mort Walker Passes Away at 94

The artist, whose tour of duty on Beetle Bailey was the longest run of any cartoonist in the history of the comics pages, died Jan. 27 of pneumonia Continue reading

 

Len Wein: 1948-2017

The life of the prolific and influential comics writer and editor, who co-created Wolverine and Swamp Thing. Continue reading

 

Sam Glanzman 1924-2017

The Kona and U.S.S. Stevens cartoonists has died. Continue reading

 

Cartoons of Mass Destruction: The Whole Story Behind the Danish 12

In 2006, 12 Danish cartoonists controversially drew pictures of Muhammad at the urging of Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the weekly Jyllands-Posten. This news story from The Comics Journal #275 (April 2006) offers a multitude of perspectives — from cartoonists, Danes, Muslims, Danish Muslims — and is being rerun to help supply context for the Charles Hebdo killings. Continue reading

 

Greg Theakston Says the Kirby Museum Can Look Forward to a Theft Complaint for Christmas  

In what has to be one of the world’s slowest-building controversies, Theakston’s grievance with the Kirby Museum has been building for some time. Continue reading

 

Who Owns the Man of Steel?

Now that we know the new Superman movie is a colossal hit, it seems like a good time to review the legal conflict over who gets to rake in those profits. Continue reading