TODAY’S FEATURED ITEMS:
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 Truth… a 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…
- The Walrus Blogs » Chester Brown’s Zombie Romance…
- The most random panel in comic book history.
- You’re Going Sadly Unrecognized In Certain Quarters, Charlie Brown
- Freckles – 02/17/1945
- Spidey Super Stories #11: “The Show-Stopper Strikes!”
- Hayseeds by Harry Hargreaves
- Number 384 Zakka’s Debt
- Who put the Mad in Madison?
- Obscurity of the Day: Batman
- VIP’s Wild, Wild Women
- Go, Look: The Attack Of The Flowerman By Jeremy Eaton (from 1975)
- The Story of Jane III
- Les Callan
- Little Nemo 1913-08-10
- Jeff Hawke by Sydney Jordan
- Lance by Warren Tufts
- Dennis the Menace gets what he deserves.
- Beehive Bedlam: Woody Woodpecker #59
- Kitchen Sink
- The Space Lorelei
- It Floats in Space / Unharmed
- Blowing Up
- Comic Interlude.
- I love Coogy’s Tuesday Newspaper Strip Day.
- BEFORE THE AFTERTHOUGHT
- The Story of Jane II
- Freckles – 02/16/1945
- “An unexpected legacy”
- Alex Toth Gallery
- G.O. Fizzickle Pogo
- Wood Chips 4
- Bill O’Malley cartoons from Extension Magazine (1946-47)
- Kurtzman Bonanza
- Weekend wonders : Fearless Fosdick
- Weekend Wonders : Winchester !
- Fall indeed
- each fallen robin
- My First Rejected Comic Strip Gag
- The Story of Jane II
- Go, Read: The Japanese Ratty Line
- Missed It: The History Of Doug
- Flat-Top in “Sno Foolin” (Harvey Comics)
- Little Nemo 1913-08-03
- Infinite Kung Fu, part 4
- Don’t Kill Me Twice!
- Pigtales: Krazy Komics #25 1946 – Harvey Kurtzman
- “The Vicar’s not pulling his weight!”
- Death Over Washington
- Mod Squad
- News of Yore: Hershfeld Plays Second Fiddle to his Creation
- Quick Draw McGraw: Big Golden Book 1961
- The Story of Jane I
- Fearless Fosdick (Courtesy of THOIA)
- More Kurtzmania Monday cartoon Day
- Examining the Weird Bizarro World of Mr. and Mrs. J. Evil Scientist
- Re-Run: Life With Snarky Parker, No. 1
- Freckles – 02/15/1945
- Kyle Baker Mutant Extravaganza part 2!
- Obscurity of the Day: Phil
- How I Had (and Lost) a Pet Dinosaur
- Sappo of Saturn in “The Beauty Contest”
- The Cosmic Terror
- Sunday Pin-Up
- Spooks- the Spencer Years Sunday leftover day.
- Number 382 I took eight bullets out of him
- Jack Davis goes on record…
- Jim Ivey’s Sunday Comics
- Freckles – 02/14/1945
- A post of convenience: “Andy Panda,” from “New Funnies” #125
- Canuck Cartoonists at War
- Au Revoir from Jane!
- Alex Toth Gallery
- Space Mouse: Walter Lantz
- Toddler’s Roundtable
- The Undertaker
- The Fighting Yank: The Precarious Life of a Miner
- Little Nemo 1913-07-27
- Number 383 Pepe y Pepito Paul Murry
- My husband keeps telling me to go to hell…Part 2
- J. Campbell Cory not at Work
- What Just Happened?
- St. Paul Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam Comic – September 2008
- Kanary Kid sneak peek!
- Freckles – 02/06/1945
- Freckles – 02/07/1945
- Freckles – 02/08/1945
- Freckles – 02/09/1945
- Freckles – 02/10/1945
- Freckles – 02/12/1945
- The Bravest Niño #2, part 2
- Little Nemo 1913-07-13
- Best of the Best!
- The Monster and the Statue
- Captain Future Vs. The Black Dragon Society
- Some more Spector Speculation Saturday Leftover Day
- Herriman Saturday
- Freckles – 02/13/1945
- Fontanelle, the Imperiled Infant
- Little Nemo 1913-07-20
- Sir Bagby’s Dragon
- “Jimmy Olsen, Editor-In-Chief!”
- Do you think Uncle Walt used to sample Welsh Rarebit or what?
- Jack Davis’ Beauregard!
- Hour of the Wolverton
- Gahan Wilson’s Diner (1992)