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The Precisely Rendered Blam: Alley Oop in 1939

It was the Dr. Who of the 1940s, a comic strip that traveled though history with verve and panache — not to mention lots of wisecracks. Only, instead of charming, eccentrically dressed Englishmen wielding sonic screwdrivers, there was a practically naked caveman with a stone ax. Continue reading

 
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The Lost Comics of Jack Cole – Part 3 (1939-1940, Humor and Crime)

In many ways, 1939 and 1940 were pivotal years in Jack Cole’s life and work. These are the years he stretched from humorous short subjects to longer, more serious crime and superhero stories. Continue reading

 
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The Seattle Undergound Comics Scene is Alive and Oozing

Seattle has a new underground comics scene. One is tempted to say “again,” recalling the boom of the 1990s with Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, and the like. More accurately, the scene has endured. Continue reading

 
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Rube Goldberg Butts In

Trying to grasp the inexhaustible career of a master. Continue reading

 
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Short Run Small Press Fest 2013: Mad Stacks (of Zines)

An on the scene report. Continue reading

 
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Figuring Out George Carlson (Part 2)

Further into the career of the great unheralded cartoonist. Continue reading

 
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Figuring Out George Carlson (Part 1)

Digging up George Carlson and his extremely busy career. Continue reading

 
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The Lost Comics of Jack Cole – Part 2 (1938)

1938 was the year that Superman appeared. It was also the year that Jack Cole became a comic book artist. Welcome to part two of my continuing survey of the lesser known (and, in some cases, virtually unknown) comics of … Continue reading

 
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