Author Archives: R. Fiore

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A Problem for the Comics Snob

The problem for the comics snob is the superhero comic that’s too good to ignore. The reference is facetious; good comics aren’t a problem for anyone. The problem is this: Ignoring mainstream comics is easy. Continue reading


“But You Bugger One Kaiser . . .”

The latest from Joe Sacco and Ted Rall. Continue reading


Gods Do Favors, Darwin Doesn’t

Business evolution, comic book heroes and comic book makers. Continue reading


Sometimes a Watermelon is Just a Watermelon

Walt Kelly, M.K. Brown, George Wunder and George Carlson.
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Mouly Mouthpiece

A look at Jeet Heer’s new book, In Love With Art. Continue reading


A Reminiscence of Things I Would Prefer to Forget

My recollection of the “debate” with Harvey Pekar recently posted here was that I made an ass of myself, and I am sufficiently confident of my memory that I really can’t bear to look. Continue reading


Days of Yesteryear

Now that all our fond hopes for 2013 have been dashed and our memories of 2012 rendered into a whited sepulcher, wouldn’t it be wonderful to relive those innocent times? Well, then, I’ve got the column for you. Continue reading


The House that Jack Built

To a comic book mogul a comic book character was of no value unless you had the means to print and distribute a magazine. The deal offered to the creators was regular employment in exchange for all rights in their creations, and the terms were take it or leave it. Continue reading