Author Archive

Visual-Verbal Blending (Sigh)

Posted by on November 8th, 2010 at 9:52 AM
The Heart of Cartooning (We've Seen It All Before)

Things You Don’t Often (If Ever) See

Posted by on November 6th, 2010 at 9:42 AM
Comic Strip Rarities

Post-Election Partum

Posted by on November 3rd, 2010 at 3:49 PM
Blues for Uncle Sammy

Waiting for the Fat Lady

Posted by on November 1st, 2010 at 1:55 PM
More Nastiness as the Election Nears

It’s Nasty Time: Part Three

Posted by on October 29th, 2010 at 9:11 AM
Still More Fragrances of the Political Season

King Aroo Vol. 1 by Jack Kent

Posted by on October 29th, 2010 at 12:23 AM
With IDW's King Aroo, the oblong shape of the book accommodates three daily strips to each of 342 7.5x9.5-inch landscape pages, providing a spacious showcase for cartoonist Jack Kent's simple, low-key albeit fully fledged art, pulsing gently with visual gambols as well as verbal whimsies. Kent's son and heir, Jack Jr., has made available some original art and a hoard of unblemished syndicate proofs for the tome, and Bruce Canwell couches the entire production in an informative and entertaining context, an introductory biographical essay embellished with a generous array of illustration from Kent's early life and career. Delicious.

It’s Nasty Time: Part Two

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 6:59 PM
More of the Political Season

The Champion Bad Guy

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Iron Jaw, a name that still raises the hair on the back of my neck. A champion baddie of the Golden Age, Iron Jaw may have been ahead of his time, the prototype of today's soulless super-thugs. He was one of few transgressors who made encore appearances in those days. He was eventually motivated not by greed or by a desire for power (the entire gamut of motives for most villains until the Silver Age), but by the obsession to murder the good guy who repeatedly apprehended him and threw him in the hoosegow. Sometimes, instead of being captured, he died horribly in a ghastly conflagration the inadvertent result of some scheme of his own gone awry. But he always escaped or came back to life (because he hadn't really been killed; it only appeared that he had been). In all of this, as you can plainly see, he was a thoroughly modern — i.e., contemporary — villain.


It’s Nasty Time: Part One

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 9:30 PM
The Political Season

Only in the Comics

Posted by on October 22nd, 2010 at 11:06 AM
Plus a Few Words of Wisdom and an Oddity or Two

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