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At Swords’ Point: Humor As Weapon

The Life and Ordeals of a Woman Cartoonist.
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Jud Hurd and Cartoonist PROfiles

A remembrance of the late, great comic strip gadfly, Jud Hurd. Continue reading

 
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Max Eastman, The Masses and the Invention of the Modern Gag Cartoon

A Lost Moment in the History of Cartooning Continue reading

 
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Forty and Counting: Bill Griffith’s Zippy

Zippy, the character, not the comic strip, passed the forty-year milestone late last year. Continue reading

 
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John Goldwater, the Comics Code Authority, and Archie

How a Poor Orphan Boy Invented One but Not the Other.
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The Rest of the Roast

Our man responds to the recent NCS video “kerfuffle”. Continue reading

 
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Jim Davis and His Fat Feline Celebrate an Anniversary

Garfield is now 33 years old. And still likes lasagna. Continue reading

 
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A Footnote to an Obit

Bill Blackbeard died and none of us knew for six weeks thereafter. Continue reading