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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 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

 

The 50th Anniversary of Underground Comix

A sort of ragtag recollection and celebration Continue reading

 

Who Invented Milton Caniff’s Most Famous Character?

Milton Caniff always took sole credit, but who really inspired her? Continue reading

 

Ted Shearer and His Visual Masterpiece, Quincy

Quincy’s energetic, juicy brush line and lively layouts showed that comic strip rendering could qualify as high art. Continue reading

 

The Curtain Falls on Piranha Club

Bud Grace’s wicked cultural satire ends its thirty-year run. Continue reading

 

Smokestack Foo-mania: The Life and Notary Sojac of Bill Holman

Holman took madcap comedy, pumped it into a comic strip, Smokey Stover, and punned his way to everlasting infoomy. Continue reading

 

Andy Capp is Sixty This Year

On the face of it, the Andy Capp comic strip ought to have failed the moment it arrived on these shores in 1963. Continue reading