patrick chappatte and will eisner and graphic journalism

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I DON’T FOLLOW EDITORIAL CARTOONING, al­though I cer­tainly ap­pre­ciate the fact that we may be living in its golden age. There are so many bril­liant in­di­vid­uals who com­bine po­lit­ical and so­cial in­sight with in­tel­li­gence and with along with the ability to draw! [Continue reading]

the revelations of basil wolverton will keep you awake at night

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COMIC BOOK ARTIST BASIL WOLVERTON was idio­syn­cratic from the be­gin­ning. Wher­ever he found a pub­lisher, his work stood out from all other comic book artists of the 1950s. His out­landish style was best suited for a form of what used to be re­ferred to as ‘big­foot humor’ (which had some­thing to do with Lil’ Abner, nothing to do with Sasquatch). [Continue reading]

addicted to marvel tales annual 1 (marvel comics 1964 part 2)


THIS ARTICLE is one of twenty-four ‘book re­views’ ad­dressing my in­tro­duc­tion to and im­me­diate ad­dic­tion to Marvel su­per­hero comics in the summer of 1964. Be­fore reading this, I rec­om­mend that you read the first part, “ad­dicted to marvel comics 1964,” which pro­vides the back­ground for the what fol­lows here and sub­se­quent ar­ti­cles. These [Continue reading]

addicted to marvel comics 1964 part 1

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LIKE MANY KIDS of the Baby Boomer gen­er­a­tion, I grew up reading comic books. In fact, comic books have been a part of my life for so long that I can’t re­call ever having not read them. At first, it was Walt Disney Comics & Sto­ries and other Dell type funnybooks—and fun­ny­books as said and meant by par­ents was one word. [Continue reading]

a zen fable by fred schrier

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I DON’T MUCH LIKE much of the art­work that is con­sid­ered psy­che­delic that has been done since the ’80s. For me, the per­fec­tion of modern psy­che­delic art since the 1980s loses the kines­thesia of the acid ex­pe­ri­ence and leaves me (and that is me by my “i”-less self living my Zen fable) de­void of any cosmic-consciousness res­o­nance (my term). [Continue reading]

with wally wood at the EC fan addict convention

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THE EC FAN ADDICT CONVENTION of 1972—the first last only EC Fan Ad­dict Convention—was held on Memo­rial Day weekend (May 26-28) at the Hotel McAlpin in New York City. I went with the love-of-my-life, Chris­tine Grala, the most beau­tiful woman in the Big Apple for one weekend! [Continue reading]