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ANDY CAPP IS 60 THIS YEAR (December 10, 2017)

How A Stereotype Become Human

THE ORIGINS AND EVOLUTION OF THE “COMIC CON” (November 30, 2017)

How Comic Conventions Began and Helped Shape the Industry

HEFNER DIED. IN HIS BED, OF COURSE (October 31, 2017)

Hugh M. Hefner, 1926 - 2017

OUR LAST SIGHT OF EISNER’S SPIRIT

September 2017

Will Eisner and the Invention of the Spirit (August 26, 2017)

And of the Comic Book Form Itself

THE EISNER-IGER SHOP (July 14, 2017)

How It Came To Be and How It Operated

ANOTHER CONVERSATION WITH WILL EISNER (June 12, 2017)

And with Shelly Moldoff about Bob Kane

EASTER AND OTHER RABBITS (May 2017)

A Short History of Origins and of My College Cartooning Career

(The Latter, in Celebration of Completing the 18th Year of Rancid Raves)

A CONVERSATION WITH WILL EISNER (April 15, 2017)

The State of the Art and Other Thoughts

TWO DECADES AS NEW YORKER CARTOON EDITOR (March 18, 2017)

The Incomparable Mankoff

HISTORY OF THE INDUSTRY GADFLY AND GUIDE (February 2017)

With Revealing Personal Testimony Appended

GLUYAS WILLIAMS (December 2016)

Master of Line and Shape and Subject

GETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT. OR CAN WE? (November 26, 2016)

Mutt and Jeff Aren’t Gay, Are They?

THE UNFORGETTABLE JANE (September 30, 2016)

Who Seldom Blushed Regardless of Provocation

Unsung Al Smith, Record-Holding Unknown Cartoonist (August 30, 2016)

And His World-famous Iconic Comic Strip

Alex Raymond and the Right Stuff (July 2016)

Outcault and the Yellow Kid (June 27, 2016)

Laying the Foundation for Newspaper Comic Strips

Morrill Goddard (May 15, 2016)

Godfather of the “Comics”

REST IN PEACE AND ACCLAMATION, BARD (April 13, 2016)

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Death of Willie Wagstaff

QUICK, HENRY—THE FLIT! (March 11, 2016)

The Flitting Life of Dr. Seuss

THE CREATION OF SAINT JEFF (February 15, 2015)

Or: My Bid for Immortality

REMEMBERING PEDRO (January 17, 2016)

And Reamer Keller, Lowell Hess, Dik Browne, Ed Nofsiger, and Tom Eaton

Will Eisner’s Vision and the Future of Comics (December 19, 2015)

The Graphic Novel: Mature Themes and Marketing Problems

WILL EISNER AND THE ARTS AND INDUSTRY OF CARTOONING(December 12, 2015)

Inventing Instructional Comics

Krazy Love (November 13, 2015)

How George Herriman’s Metaphysical Comedy Evolved

The Economics of Comics (October 2015)

How Money Influenced the Art

THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MYTHOLOGY (September 14, 2015)

And the Two Frauds Who Helped It Along

IS RELIGION THE PROBLEM? (August 8, 2015)

A Question for Our Times

Morris Weiss, Mickey Finn and the Palooka (July 15, 2015)

A Visit with One of the Most Durable of the Laborers in Cartooning’s Vineyards

PETER ARNO AND THE UNTRAMMELED LIFE (June 2015)

The Roaring Twenties and the Essence of The New Yorker

Revisiting the Maturing of the Comic Book:

A Quick Eccentrially Skewed Tour of The Crucial 1970-1990s

FROM FIGURE DRAWING TO STORYTELLING (May 3, 2015)

From Corporate Creation to Individual Expression

The Passing of a Giant (April 2015)

Roy Doty, 1922-2015

THE TRUE HISTORY OF EUSTACE TILLEY (March 2015)

And of Other Fictional and Non-fictional “Characters” at the New Yorker

Picturing Hellboy (December 18, 2014)

A 20th Anniversary Appreciation

When a Dog Was Art (November 21, 2014)

Clifford McBride and the Immortal Napoleon

Winnie the WAC (October 6, 2014)

And the Other Adventures of Her Creator, Vic Herman

Table Talk and the Birth of Modern Magazine Cartooning (August 28, 2014)

An Incidental History of the Early Years of Punch Magazine

and of Drawing for the Block

NIPPLES, BARED AND EXPOSED (July 2014)

A Hitherto Suppressed Essay on Booby Fruit

OTTO SOGLOW AND THE LITTLE KING (June 25, 2014)

The Silent Runs Deep (with an Apostrophe to Naked Ladies in Their Baths)

Understanding Barnaby (May 9, 2014)

—“the most important addition to American arts and letters”

VIEWING LIFE THROUGH A TWINKLE (April 25, 2014)

The Life and Art of Eldon Dedini

Gus Arriola and the Comic Strip That Never Was (March 29, 2014)

Almost. Until Now.

BILL WATTERSON SPEAKS (March 1, 2014)

The Cheapening of the Comics and How (and Why) To Avoid It

Morrie Turner (February 15, 2014)

To Say the Name Is Both Eulogy and Tribute

AN AGED INTERVIEW WITH YOUR HOST (January 20, 2014)

Namely, the Equally Antique R.C. Harvey

A Pretty Girl Is Not a Malady (December 30, 2013)

The Evolution of Formula and the Celebrated Graphic Style of Cliff Sterrett

WHO DISCOVERED SUPERMAN? (November 30, 2013)

Rummaging Through a Host of Claimants

Remembering Clay Geerdes (October 20, 2013)

Championing Comix and Rational Thought

EUGENE ZIMMERMAN, THE GREAT “ZIM” (September 2013)

America’s First Cartoonist

Frank Willard and A Touch of Moonshine (August 31, 2013)

Lowbrow Comedy for the Masses

GEORGE BAKER AND THE SAD SACK (August 2013)

And A Few Others from Yank, the Army Weekly

Cecil Jensen, Elmo, and Colonel M’Cosmic (June 15, 2013)

The First Editoonist to Simultaneously Draw a Comic Strip

Withdrawing the Color Line (May 5, 2013).

E. Simms Campbell, the First Famous Black Cartoonist

The Countryboy Cartoonist of National Fame (March 14, 2013)

Abe Martin and Kin Hubbard Explained

HUBRIS AND CHUTZPAH (January 29, 2013).

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

Stan Lynde, the Western, and the Spirit of Independence (December 28, 2012)

Rich O’Shay, Latigo, The Price of Fame, and Pardners

JOHN T. MCCUTCHEON

DEAN OF AMERICAN CARTOONISTS (November 24, 2012).

Gentleman Adventurer and Inventor of the Slow Ball

IT'S NOT MY FAULT (October 20, 2012)

Apologia pro Vita Sue

Or—The Confessions of a Comics Junkie

PERPETUAL BLONDIE (September 2012)

Chic Young’s Forever American Family

The Story of Zero (August 13, 2012)

Or, How the Weekend Warrior Came to Naught

Or, Yet Again Another Incredibly Arduous Self-indulgent Effusion

FIDDLEFOOT: A COMIC STRIP THAT NEVER WAS, ALMOST (July 10, 2012)

A Shamelessly Self-indulgent Spasm Demonstrating

How the Happy Harv Invented a Comic Strip and Failed To Get It Syndicated

A LOVE LETTER TO GEORGE PRICE AND GAG CARTOONING  (June 15, 2012)

And a Nostalgic Saunter through the Golden Ages of Magazine Cartooning

Fostering the Adventure Strip (May 2012)

With Tarzan and Prince Valiant

CRACKED COWBOY (March 2012)

John Severin, 1921 - 2012, RIP

HOW THE HAPPY HARV FREELANCED CARTOONS (February 29, 2012)

More Critiquing Antiques While Extolling The Dubious Virtues of Girlie Cartoons

CRITIQUING THE ANTIQUE HAPPY HARV (February 6, 2012)

No Surprise: The Critic Likes His Own Cartoons

THE REAL CAPTAIN EASY (January/February 2012)

And Where Roy Crane Found Him

ONE GOOD APPLE PROVES A BARREL’S WORTH (January 2012)

Solving for Once and All the Ostensible Mystery of Mary Worth’s Origin

INSIDE THE 24-HOUR COMIC (Thanksgiving 2011)

The Ordeal and the Ecstasy

The Blackhawk Mysteries (November 2011)

Will Eisner, Chuck Cuidera, and Reed Crandall

SIGNE WILKINSON ON THE ATTACK (October 2011)

Editorial Cartooning with a Vengeance

Griffy and Zippy (July 21, 2011)

Forty and Counting

Basil Wolverton and Lena the Hyena (May 2011)

More than A Master Drawer of Ugly Women

THE MAN WHO SAVED THE COMICS (April 25, 2001)

Bill Blackbeard Checks Out at 84

Chas Addams with Macabre (April 20ll)

And a Dash of the Diabolical

DICK LOCHER’S DICK TRACY (March 2011)

Life Backstage with an Icon

ANOTHER REDHEADED ENDING (January 2011)

Brenda Starr and Her Flamboyant Creator, Dale Messick

The Lawrence Welk of Cartoonists (November 2010)

Ernie, Nancy, and the Bushmiller Society

THE CHAMPION BAD GUY (October 2010)

The Worst of the Worst Was the Absolute Worst—Iron Jaw

Bill Hume and Babysan (September 2010)

Unknown and, Until Now, Unheralded

Inkslinging and Opinion Mongering with Rob Rogers (July 2010)

Political Cartooning from Pittsburgh
Julie Larson=s Dinette Set Is All of Us (June 2010)
Life in Suburbia is Forever Inane and Banal
THE ORPHAN’S EPIC (May 17, 2010)
How Annie and Her Dog Sandy Lasted for Almost 86 Years
Tales of the Founding of the National Cartoonists Society (April 8, 2010)
How It All Came To Be
Lulu, Henry, Hazel, and Marge (January 3, 2010)
Pop-up Feminism at the Back of the Post
BARNEY GOOGLE AND SNUFFY SMITH (December 2009)
Billy DeBeck, Fred Lasswell, and John Rose
BRINGING UP FATHER AND THE REST OF THE COMIC PAGE (October 2009)
Jiggs and George McManus
CARTOONING, COMIX, COMICS, THE CLASSICS, AND THE KITCHEN SINK (September 2009)
Denis Kitchen, Elder Statesman
FATHERHOOD AND THE OFFSPRING THEREOF (August 2009)
Frederick Burr Opper and Happy Hooligan
You’re In the Army Now (July 2009)
Private Breger and His Creator Dave
A Plethora of Phoney Firsts in Creator’s Rights (June 2009)
But Mostly Palmer Cox and His Diminutive Brownies
THE GREAT TRIO COMPLETE AT LAST (May 2009)
Gorgeous Biography of Alex Raymond
Art Bouthillier (April 2009)
And the Brutal albeit Beatific Truth about Freelancing Magazine Cartoons
OF CARTOONING, RUBENS, AND ADAM'S RIB (March 22, 2009)
Girlie Cartoons and Barenekidwimmin
AWOL Wally (February 22, 2009)
The Most Famous Doughboy You Never Heard About
BEETLE BAILEY GOES BEETLING ON, FIFTY-EIGHT AND COUNTING (December 29, 2008)
A Short Historical Appreciation of Mort Walker’s Landmark Strip
Going Old in Gasoline Alley (November 23, 2008)
Ninety Years And Counting
SWIN, ZIM AND OLLIE: A BRACE OF OLD MASTERS AND A NEW ONE (October 5, 2008)
Rare Biography and Antique Racism in Cartooning

PLAYBOY’S FIRST CARTOONIST (September 2008)
What Really Happened When Hugh M. Hefner Was Editor of Shaft
SERGIO ARAGONES (July 20, 2008)
The Art of Pantomime Cartooning
Jim Davis and His Fat Feline (June 2008)
Celebrate an Anniversary
Limners of the Immortal Toad: Disney, Rackham, Shepard, and Plessix—
Cartoonists All, in the Wind in the Willows (May 10, 2008)
Words into Pictures: Visualizing Literary Works, Warts and Gnarls
WHAT JACK KIRBY DID (April 13, 2008)
Besides Captain America, Boy Commandos, Young Romance, Boy’s Ranch, Fighting American, Challengers of the Unknown, Fantastic Four, Thor, Hulk, X-Men, Fourth World
Howard the Duck (February 29, 2008)
A Wise-quacking Waterfowl That Showed How Adult Comic Books Can Be
Ambassador Extraordinaire (February 8, 2008)
Gus Arriola, 1917-2008
Mistress of Adolescent Angst, Girlish Laughter Division (February 2, 2008)
Marty Links, 1917-2008

T.K. RYAN AND THE TUMBLIN’ TUMBLEWEEDS (January 13, 2008)
A Classic Western Satire
CARTOONING IN SALT LAKE CITY ( December 15, 2007 )
A Conversation with Pat Bagley
November 2007: Celebrating the Centennial of the Daily Newspaper Comic Strip ( November 20, 2007 )
Mutt, Jeff and Their Precursing Creator, Bud Fisher
BUCK BROWN AND HIS INSATIABLE GRANDMOTHER (October 2007)
One of Playboy’s Original Line-up of Cartooners in Color
Cartoonist As God ( August 17, 2007 )
John Held, Jr., Creator of an Age
Remembering Clay Geerdes (July 23, 2007)
Photographic Chronicler of Comix Underground
THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (July 7, 2007)
The Summer of Love, Robert Crumb, and the Birth of Underground Comix
How Jews Created the Four Color Fantasies (June 15, 2007)
If Jews Created Comics, Are Comics, Then, Jewish?
Irwin Caplan, 1919-2007 (May 2007)
Advertising Cartoonist
It’s the Pictures, Stupid (April 23, 2007)
Not to Mention Bondage and Grecian Urns
WERTHAM REVISITED (March 25, 2007)
Seduction in  the Eighties
DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN A REVIEW AND A CRITIQUE (February 2007)
Lost Cause
THE DANISH DOZEN & FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN THE PRESS (February 12, 2007)
A Summary of the Events of the Winter of 2006
Top One Hundred Print Cartoon Creations of the Century (January 2007)
Compiled for the Comic Buyer’s Guide Somewhere Near the Beginning of 2000
FOXTROTTING (January 2007)
Bill Amend at Ten and Nearly Twenty
Slaphappy Heroicism (November 20, 2006)
Funnyman: A Good Last Act
Michelle Urry, Playboy, and Gag Cartooning (October 23, 2006)
A Meandering Conversation and a Fond Farewell
Wild ’n’ Woolly American Mythology (October 2006)
A Ramblin’ Look at Cowboyin’ in Strips
Captain Marvel: The Big Red Rip-off? (September 18, 2006)
A Short History of Fawcett and Its Most Famous Creation
Setting the Fashion with the Patterson Girl (August 2006)
The Varied Career of Russell Patterson
For the Mickey (July 10, 2006)
The Lively Comic Art of Arnold Rot
Milt Gross (May 1, 2006)
Banana Oil and the First Graphic Novel?
Max Eastman and The Masses (April 3, 2006)
An Lost Moment in the History of Cartooning
If Good Comics Can Have Good Effects upon Their Readers,
Why Can’t Bad Comics Have Bad Effects?(March 2006)
 

OR, Wasn’t Wertham Right After All?
How Much Did Batman Knock-off Dick Tracy? (January 2006)
Were the Picturesque Batcrooks Inspired by Chester Gould’s Gallery of Grotesques?
At Swords’ Point: Humor As Weapon (December 19, 2005)
The Life and Ordeals of a Woman Cartoonist
Defining Comics Again (December 12, 2005)
Another in the Long List of Unnecessarily Complicated Definitions
Smokestack Foo-mania (November 21, 2005)
The Life and Notary Sojac of Bill Holman
Getting Our Pornograph Fixed (November 7, 2005)
A Fond Appreciation of Eight-Page Dalliances So Long Ago Abandoned
Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney and Animated Cartooning (October 31, 2005)
Written to Celebrate Mickey’s 75th in 2003 but, Until Now, Never Published
Mark Twain at the Drawingboard (October 23, 2005)
H.T. Webster, A Timid Soul for the Ages
A Stretch in the Bone Age (September 11, 2005)
The Life and Cartooning Genius of V.T. Hamlin
Smilin' Zack Mosley's Wilder Blue Yonder (July 24, 2005)
A Madcap Dash of Cliffhanging Escapades
When Comics Weren't for Kids (June 27, 2005)
A Speculative Essay at Resurrecting the Past
Making the World Safe for Insanity (May 11, 2005)
The Absurdities of Vip

Helen E. Hokinson (March 28, 2005)
One of the New Yorker's Pace-setting Big Four

Modesty Blaise (February 6, 2005)
Some Further Adieu

Will Eisner: March 6, 1917 - January 3, 2005
An Affectionate Appreciation ( January 18, 2005 )
The Unsung Sickles (October 2004)
How Noel Sickles Developed the Chiaroscuro Technique that Milton Caniff Made Famous
Leslie Turner, Assistant No More (October 2004)
A Second Act as Good as the First

The New Yorker and the Single-panel Gag Cartoon ( October 31, 2004 )
Harold Ross, Peter Arno and Rea Irvin
Willard Mullin ( September 20, 2004 )
The Champion of the Sporting Life
Fred Harman, Cowboy Cartoonist ( August 16, 2004 )
Creator of Little Beaver and "You betchum, Red Ryder"

Superheroes on the Couch ( July 11, 2004 )
A Psychoanalytic Speculation
Don Martin ( May 23, 2004 )
The Maddest One
Percy Crosby and Skippy ( April 21, 2004 )
The Great Peanut Butter Crime
Popeye, a Masterwork in the Medium ( March 21, 2004 )
Not Just a Superhero but a Superlative Comic Strip Character
The Life and Dedication of Art Young ( February 15, 2004)
An Impassioned Cartoonist of Uncompromising Principle

Defining the Graphic Novel (January 19, 2004)
Its Origins and the Pioneers Who Shaped It
The Mystique and Mysteries of Jack Cole (November 9, 2003)
From Plastic Man to Playboy and Betsy and Me
The Longest-running Comics (October 19, 2003)
And the Oldest Continuously Appearing Daily Cartoon Character
The Making of the Marvel Universe (July 20, 2003)
Kirby or Lee?
Jules Feiffer and Autistic America (May 4, 2003)
The Old Soft Shoe
Bill Mauldin Fades Away ( February 1, 2003 )
The Old Soldier Gets a Yahtzee
Hirschfeld Has Left the Building (January 25, 2003)
A Tribute to the Line King
Celebrating Pogo and Walt Kelly(December 18, 2002)
A 60th Anniversary Effusion
The Stories of Willie Tuck (December 4, 2002)
The last live-in connection to the life and career of Milton Caniff
One Hundred Years of American Cartooning (October 17, 2002)
A Bakerís Dozen or Two of the Top Cartoonists of the Last Century
How Mad Came To Be (August 22, 2002)
The Birth and Evolution of a National Humor Magazine

Roy Crane and the Adventure Strip (July 24, 2002)
A Flourish of Trumpets
Al Capp: Hubris and Chutzpah
Giant Talent and Secret Sleaze
Carl Barks, 1901-2000
Carl Barks created stories for children.
Herbert L. Block
Herblock Has Left the Building
Chester Gould and the Morality Play of Law and Order
Slugging It Out with the Bad Guys Via the Hot Lead Route
Edward Gorey and the Eccentric Macabre (September 5, 2001)
He Could Make Us Shiver As We Grinned And Vice Versa (Mostly Vice)
John Goldwater, the Comics Code Authority, and Archie
How a Poor Orphan Boy Invented One but Not the Other
Henry Boltinoff: 1914-2001
His Signature Was Everywhere—Magazines, Comic Books, Comic Strips
Shel Silverstein (April 4, 2001)
A Man of Many Talents but Mostly, A Cartoonist
Dennis At Fifty (March 2001)
A capsule review of the career and art of Hank Ketcham
R. Crumb (2/9)
Patron Saint of Underground Comix
Rube Goldberg and NCS (1/25)
How a Rube from the sewers of San Francisco found his way to fame and helped start the National Cartoonists Society
Will Elder (11/8)
The most maniacal of the Madmen, still as crazy as ever
Day's End (8/16)
The sun set on another Day, Chon, but no one seemed to notice much until we took up the cause here and there.
Hilda Terry and the All-boys Club (6/7)
How a single courageous lady cartoonist opened the doors to others of
her gender in the National Cartoonists Society
Hindsightís Mock History of Marvel Comics (5/10)
A tongue-in-cheek analysis of recent events which transpired as the House of Ideas shot itself in the foot--both feet, actually
Hindsight Biog: Robert L. Ripley (5/10)
Believe It Or Not, this is how that famous feature got its start
The Age of Schulz (5/10)
An analysis of what made Peanuts so special and Charles Schulz ditto
Again with the Vu Deja on Liíl Folks (5/10)
A curious little article that starts of with a startling fact that has no particular import except in reference to the aforementioned Charles Schulz


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