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Steve Ditko and the Comic-Book People

A big-picture/close-reading appreciation of Steve Ditko through the lens of his relationship with the world known as Comicdom. (It’s also a story about a cartoonist’s profound investment in words and his hostility toward editors who didn’t understand his unusual approach to language.) Continue reading

 

Hope I Die Before I Get

It’s the air we breathe. Continue reading

 

The Plight of the Superhero Comic Book

Working his way through a stack of recent mainstream and alternative superhero comics, Ken Parille finds many drowning in clichés and a few that get it right. Continue reading

 

Ghost World at Twenty: Daniel Clowes’s Dialogue

Innovation in the 1990s: a comic book in which people talk like people. Continue reading

 

Everything Sells Everything

A Not-So-Secret History of Superman, Wonder Woman, and the American Superhero. Continue reading

 

Leslie Stein: A Brief Appreciation

Leslie Stein makes great comics! Continue reading

 

Lichtenstein and the Art of Letters     

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the twentieth-century’s most important artists. He’s far from one of its best letterers. Continue reading

 

Gag Cartoons with Naked People: Abner Dean’s What Am I Doing Here?

Revisiting the “Brave Nude World” of philosopher, psychologist, psychiatrist, anthropologist, and cartoonist Abner Dean. Continue reading