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The Lawrence Welk of Cartoonists: Ernie, Nancy, and the Bushmiller Society

Bushmiller refined his art, honed it to its barest essentials, and thereby produced a comic strip that in many respects was the very apotheosis of a comic strip. Continue reading

 

Johnny Hart to Appear B.C.

The life, times and beliefs of Johnny Hart, creator of the caveman comic strip B.C. Continue reading

 

Barney Google and Snuffy Smith: Billy DeBeck, Fred Lasswell, and John Rose

A legacy comic born out of a rollicking time and steered by three artists over many decades. Continue reading

 

One Good Apple Proves a Barrel’s Worth

Untangling the surprisingly confused origins of Mary Worth. Continue reading

 

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

 

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

A Lost Moment in the History of Cartooning Continue reading

 

Forty and Counting: Bill Griffith’s Zippy

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