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Hare Tonic

Hubris and Chutzpah: How Li’l Abner Kayo’d Joe Palooka and Both Their Creators Came to Grief

The story of Al Capp and Ham Fisher, two cartooning geniuses, their rise to celebrity and their furious interactions with each other, is the stuff of epic adventure fiction,
but here, it is fact. Continue reading

 
The Strip Mine

Welcome to the Strip Mine

One of the great joys of comic book collecting is longbox surfing. You know what I mean, standing for hours sifting through filthy, disorganized boxes, carefully un-taping bags of one cheap floppy after another, scanning the credits, flipping the pages, … Continue reading

 
Hare Tonic

The Life and Dedication of Art Young: An Impassioned Cartoonist of Uncompromising Principle

A look at one of the early masters of the medium, an artist devoted to principle at a time when cartoonists weren’t yet noted for doing much more than making funny faces. Continue reading

 
Retail Therapy

Fantagraphics Books & Gallery

Our latest installment of Retail Therapy stayed close to home–by speaking with Larry Reid, of the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery! Continue reading

 
10 Cent Museum

The Strange Case of Stan Lee

When Lee passed away last week, non-comics world friends reached out to me to express condolences. They knew I loved comics and that I’m interested in the history of the medium… Clearly, this was a loss, right? Continue reading

 
Fiffe Files

Baron and Messner-Loebs’ Flash

Fiffe had a Flash itch, and like any real comics fan, there’s only one true Flash: Wally West, the fastest IRS employee in the history of American taxation. Continue reading

 
Ice Cream For Bedwetters

What He Taught Me

Stan, Jack, and Stan’s kid brother didn’t create Thor, the Norse god of thunder, or Loki, or Odin, or Asgard, or any of all that. Asserting that they did is silly on the face and yet … Continue reading

 
A Cartoonist’s Diary

Marc Bell: Day Five

The grand finale. Continue reading