Russell Johnson and “Mister Oswald”: A Tale of Two Proprietors

“Dual careers” hardly begins to describe Russell Johnson, who produced the Mister Oswald strip for an astonishing 62 years while also running a… more »

A Penny for Your Thoughts: A Look at Harry Haenigsen’s “Penny”

One of the archetypal teenager comic strips during the heyday of sock hops and malt shops, Penny was a reflection of its times… more »

The View from On High: Dudley Fisher’s “Right Around Home”

In Right Around Home, readers enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of a fictional all-American neighborhood, an innovative narrative point of view that distinguished the… more »

Fritzi Ritz Before Bushmiller: She’s Come a Long Way, Baby!

Who created Nancy? You’re unlikely to stump any reasonably knowledgeable comics fan with that question. (If you don’t know that the response to… more »

Presarvin’ Freedom: Al Capp, Treasury Man

Unable to serve in the military, Al Capp spearheaded cartoonists’ effort to raise money to fight World War II. Jay Maeder explores their… more »

Four of a Kind: A Cartooning Roundtable

Editor’s note: This interview was originally published in Hogan’s Alley #13. Though the dimensions of a comic-strip artist’s work has diminished over the… more »

Everybody’s Friend: Remembering Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo’s “My Friend Irma”

You’re not familiar with Irma Peterson? In the ’50s, she was Queen of All Media. Andrew Pepoy examines her comic strip incarnation (Note:… more »

Punch Lines: Ernie Bushmiller’s Mac the Manager

In 1924, when Ernie Bushmiller was 19, he began producing Mac the Manager for the sports page of the New York Evening Graphic.… more »

Funny Business: The Rise and Fall of Johnstone and Cushing

Dik Browne ran through the lobby shrieking, his bloody shirt tattered and flapping in his wake. Al Stenzel, art director at Johnstone and… more »

The Johnny Hart Interview

Note: This interview was originally published in Hogan’s Alley #2, 1995. Johnny Hart is the most self-effacing of geniuses. He is the quiet… more »