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 »

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 »

An Interview with C.C. Beck

The following interview is a compilation of a series of interviews I conducted with Charles Clarence Beck in the middle and late 1980s.… more »

Eisner Wide Open

Will Eisner was a cartooning visionary when the notion seemed preposterous. Now, having produced work that has been published in eight different decades,… more »

Big Deals: Comics’ Highest-Profile Moments

 A woman dies. A baby is born. A man and a woman wed. Everyday events occurring everywhere and therefore unremarkable. Or so you… more »

The Deadliest Ads Alive!

With the world grown smaller and the Far East drawn so near, it’s hard to imagine a time when martial arts had an… more »

Alex Raymond’s Last Ride

Stan Drake talks about surviving the fatal car wreck that took Alex Raymond’s life—was it an accident or suicide? By Arlen Schumer The… more »

Not Seen but Not Forgotten: The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil

Since the Invisible Scarlet O’Neil’s debut in 1940, there have been many other super powered heroines, but Scarlet was the first. Mike Gordon… more »

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