HEY! KIDS! COMICS! : Wolverton’s Powerhouse Pepper : November 11th, 2008


TODAY’S FEATURED ITEM: I can’t seem to keep up these days… thus, another huge link list of comic treasure to pore over with one random featured item… can’t go wrong with Wolverton! Here’s some Powerhouse Pepper from Comicrazys.

HEY! KIDS! COMICS! : Addams, Wolverton and Godwin’s Crazy Charlie for Halloween : October 31st, 2008



Way too much great stuff listed below, as usual… I’m only featuring Halloween oriented items today (there are a ton more in the list below)…

What could put you more in the mood for Halloween than some Charles Addams cartoons, courtesy of Hairy Green Eyeball.

The Fortress of Fortitude presents Basil Wolverton’s They Crawl By Night! (plus some of his fantastic Plop! covers can be seen at Diversions of the Groovy Kind).

Barnacle Press brings us the complete run of H.E. Godwin’s Crazy Charlie.

Even more Halloween oriented comics can be found linked at The Comics Reporter here. and here.

HEY! KIDS! COMICS! : Kurtzman, Kelly, Wolverton, Brown, Jane and much more : September 24th, 2008


Another heap of fun comics reading…

I’m happy to report a lot of blogs seem to be having a Harvey Kurtzman binge right now… I’m rereading Kurtzman’s Jungle Book right now, myself. Kurtzman’s notoriety comes primarily from being the inventor of Mad Magazine, and he is usually very funny. Although he worked with a lot of other artists, writing for their drawings (most notably Will Elder), I like Kurtzman best when he is drawing himself. He is one of the most expressive cartoonists of all time…

Those Fabuleous Fifties brings us some rare Kurtzman strips from Madison Avenue Magazine

And some from Esquire

Comicrazys brings us a Kurtzman pre-Mad funny animal comic called Pigtales from 1946…

And John K gives us a nice appreciation of Kurtzman…

John Adcock at Yesterday’s Papers brings us a number of examples of the notoriously racy WWII comic strip Jane by Norman Pett… Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

The official Pogo Possum website is serializing the Pogo paperback Go Fizzickle Pogo

Potrzebie points us to Basil Wolverton art galore his days working at the religious magazine The Plain Trutha huge archive of many of Plain Truth founder Herbert W. Armstrong’s numerous publications online, which are often fantastically illustrated by Wolverton. Among many other publications, the archive includes most or all issues of the Plain Truth, where Wolverton’s amazing Bible Story was originally serialized… the versions in the magazine (and in alternate publishings of the book versions of The Bible Story) contain different material, so I imagine there is a whole lot of stuff in here that was never reprinted in book form. It is a lot of crap to wade through, but there is a real treasure trove here. The below image was pulled from a random one of the hundreds of issues on the site.

Last but far from least, Walrus Magazine points us to a new Chester Brown tale from the Yummy Fur universe called Zombies Take Toronto… the image quality sucks, but it is a great read.

Note that the esteemed Mr. Brown is currently running for office, which, regardless of what you think of his politics, is a tragic waste of his enormous cartooning talents. The early issues of Yummy Fur (the recently reprinted in pamphlet form Ed the Happy Clown saga… which hopefully will soon be a book, considering some previous book versions of it are going for over 200 bucks on Amazon) are some of the most wonderfully surreal and creepy comics ever made.

Note also that the final installment of the Zombies strip also reveals that there is a Yummy Fur movie in the works to be directed by Bruce MacDonald… hopefully this means Mr. Brown will be deeply involved in its translation to the screen. Adapting Yummy Fur to the screen and getting distribution should be quite challenging, I imagine… it will, of course, have to be xxx to be a good adaptation, considering all the miserable penises with starring roles in the comic.

A lot more great stuff below…

HEY! KIDS! COMICS! : Doo Dads, Katzies, Beanworld and so much more! : September 4th, 2008



John Adcock is on a roll! Today his Punch in Canada blog gives us two more posts of extremely rare and beautiful Arch Dale’s Doo Dads Sundays…

And his Yesterday’s Papers blog brings us some crude and bizarre ghosted Katzenjammer Kids dailies…

and A.D. Condo’s Everett True Vs. the Kaiser!

Meanwhile our friends at Barnacle Press give us three great overviews of some of the best strips in their enormous archives:

Ten Must-Read Classics from Barnacle Press
Ten Lesser-Known Works by Major Creators from Barnacle Press
Ten Features for Kids from Barnacle Press

Next we have the first new Beanworld comic by Larry Marder in I can’t remember how long. Apparently, there is a lot more to come, as Larry Marder has made a return to drawing comics after a decade or so absence. Don’t miss this stuff! Marder has always done utterly unique and wonderful work, and I’m thrilled that he is back at the drawing board… he is one of my favorite cartoonists. His plans also include reprinting all of his old work, so you’ll be able to easily start at the beginning.

And as long as I am going totally overboard with the featured links, here is another Wolverton Culture Corner strip (at the bottom of the Lance O’Casey story) courtesy of Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blogzine:

HEY! KIDS! COMICS! : Condo! Wolverton! The Vagabond! : August 22nd, 2008


So much good stuff…

Our friends at Barnacle Press continue to post amazing stuff… today they posted a bunch of examples of Oscar und Adolf by Everett True cartoonist A.D. Condo, as well as a weird out-of-character (that is to say non-violent) appearance by Mr. True in Alley Oop from 1969! Click the image to go there. Recently they also posted scans of the gorgeous strip Madge the Magician’s Daughter which I forgot to highlight.

The Horrors of It All brings us Basil Wolverton’s classic Gateway to Horror.

And last and certainly least, Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blogzine brings us The Vagabond

HEY! KIDS! COMICS! : Basil Wolverton’s Culture Corner : August 19th, 2008


Today the Fortress of Fortitude brings us some Basil Wolverton Culture Corner strips… click the image to go there and get yourself some culture.

HEY! KIDS! COMICS!: Basil Wolverton’s ROBOT WOMAN: June 11th, 2008

Here’s a new category for this website… “HEY! KIDS! COMICS!” will be a secondary “link list” feature only visually juicy comics links from around the internets, with an image of a featured item at the top (conveniently linked from the image). A doozy is featured today… the great Basil Wolverton’s Robot Woman, courtesy of The Fortress of Fortitude.

Interesting Links: The Horrors of it All

The Horrors of it All blog has been posting a ton of fantastic pre-code horror comics, and they just posted one of my all-time favorites, The Brain Bats of Venus by the one and only Basil Wolverton. Boy, a brain bat would make a great Halloween costume… if anyone out there wants to attempt this, please send photos. Click the below image to go read the story!

Obscure Images: Early Wolverton Original and Herriman Cigarette Buttons

Did you already buy that Milt Gross painting? No? Well, you could take that 600 bucks burning a hole in your pocket and bid on original art for this early, obscure Basil Wolverton strip instead.

What’s that? You don’t have $600? Well, I suppose you could bid on these two George Herriman cigarette pins made for Hassan and Tokio cigarettes in 1909 going for $16.50 and $12.50 respectively.

OK, I’ll stop now.

Obscure Images: The Fantastic Basil Wolverton

Most good cartoonists do at least one thing really well… Basil Wolverton did a whole lot of things better than about anybody. He was the master in his time of hilarious, crazy, surreal, cartoony art (indeed, he is the father of the “spaghetti and meatball” school of cartooning). He was also fantastic at caricature, science fiction comics and horror comics. He even did amazing bible adaptations. Here is some of the great obscure Wolverton art from comicartfans.com. I recommend clicking on them to see larger versions on the comicartfans.com site. Note that there is more Wolverton to be found there as well if you do a search for him.

I think these are the only Wolverton pencils I’ve ever seen… some preliminary drawings for some Spacehawk comics.

In addition to his insane cartooning talents, the man was also a charming musician… go here to hear his wonderful rendition of I’m Always Chasing Rainbows.

There are some excellent reprints of his work out there, and more to come soon, including a big art book and a collection of his bible work! Those should both be spectacular, I think.

Go here to visit the Wolverton family site run by his son Monte (who is also a cartoonist).

Go here to read about Basil Wolverton on lambiek.net.