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patrick chappatte and will eisner and graphic journalism

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! While I have paid a cer­tain amount of at­ten­tion to avid Horsey, part of that is be­cause he is so well known here in the Pa­cific Northwest. [Continue reading]

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art spiegelman’s very strange comic strip for witzend 3

THE ADS FOR WITZEND first ap­peared in late 1966 or early ’67, prob­ably in the Rock­et’s Blast Comics Col­lector. RBCC was a fanzine that fea­tured ar­ti­cles on comics and ads from dealers and col­lec­tors of­fering stuff for sale. I sent my dollar bill off to some strange ad­dress in New York and ea­gerly awaited an en­tire pub­li­ca­tion by my fave artist, Wally Wood. [Continue reading]

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the revelations of basil wolverton will keep you awake at night

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]

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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]