Archive for: fantagraphics

Let’s Play Make Believe

On edgy comics and solipsism

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Can We Have a Different Conversation?

Don’t scold DC and Marvel: vote with your feet.

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A Ditko Is Born

Steve Ditko’s early stories: unreadable, but not utterly without merit.

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Monthly Stumblings # 13: Carl Barks

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “Lost in the Andes” by Carl Barks and Rich Tommaso is the first tome of a new Carl Barks Library.

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War, what is it good for?

Blazing Combat Editor and Writer: Archie Goodwin Original Publisher: Warren Publishing (1965-66) Re-published by Fantagraphics Books Blazing Combat was a war anthology edited and written by Archie Goodwin in collaboration with a dozen artists. It was also a commercial flop back in the sixties, getting canceled after only four issues. According to its publisher, James […]

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Phooey From Me To You: I Yama Lonely Cowboy

“I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye.”  —Jack Handey Popeye was pretty far removed from his Golden Age when I was first introduced to him, probably through some combination of Hanna-Barbera’s The All-New Popeye Hour (1978-81) on Saturday morning television, whichever Famous Studios shorts were […]

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Phooey from me to you: Who cares about Sappo?

For me, E.C. Segar’s Popeye remains, no matter what Noah says, not only one of the great comics of the 20th century but a great piece of Americana as well. It manages to combine hilarious slapstick, daffy absurdity, high adventure, sentimental melodrama and still create genuine emotion and care for the cast’s well-being. It deserves […]

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