Author Archives: R.C. Harvey

Hubris and Chutzpah: How Li’l Abner Kayo’d Joe Palooka and Both Their Creators Came to Grief

The story of Al Capp and Ham Fisher, two cartooning geniuses, their rise to celebrity and their furious interactions with each other, is the stuff of epic adventure fiction,
but here, it is fact. Continue reading

 

The Life and Dedication of Art Young: An Impassioned Cartoonist of Uncompromising Principle

A look at one of the early masters of the medium, an artist devoted to principle at a time when cartoonists weren’t yet noted for doing much more than making funny faces. Continue reading

 

The 50th Anniversary of Underground Comix

A sort of ragtag recollection and celebration Continue reading

 

Who Invented Milton Caniff’s Most Famous Character?

Milton Caniff always took sole credit, but who really inspired her? Continue reading

 

Ted Shearer and His Visual Masterpiece, Quincy

Quincy’s energetic, juicy brush line and lively layouts showed that comic strip rendering could qualify as high art. Continue reading

 

Lee Holley, 1932 – 2018

The cartoonist behind the teen strip Ponytail, who was also drew the Sunday Dennis the Menace strip and was an animator for Warner Brothers, died in a plane crash. Continue reading

 

The Curtain Falls on Piranha Club

Bud Grace’s wicked cultural satire ends its thirty-year run. Continue reading

 

The Mort Walker Interview

In this in-depth interview, Mort Walker talks about growing up during the Great Depression, serving in the military, developing risque versions of his characters for overseas publishers, founding a comics art museum housed in a concrete castle, raising 10 kids, and much more. Continue reading