Thanks to Sinous on the Comics Journal message board, the biggest omission to the Wertham Library has been found. He points us to two different locations on the web that you can read Dr. Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent… here and here.
Go here to view The Dr. Fredric Wertham Memorial Funnybook Collection: The Comics Featured in Seduction of the Innocent
This week was Banned Books Week. I decided to celebrate by seeing how many of the comics featured in Fredric Wertham‘s notorious book Seduction of the Innocent I could find floating out on the internet to share with the world in one convenient location.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO GO TO THE DOWNLOAD PAGE.
Wertham’s writings on comic books were very influential in the senatorial investigation into juvenile delinquency in 1953, and Seduction of the Innocent went on to become a best-seller, outraging parents across the nation.
GO HERE TO READ MORE, AND TO DOWNLOAD THE COMICS.
We got another review for BIG FUNNY today, from Susannah Schouweiler at minnpost.com.
As I look through “The Big Funny,” it strikes me that this collective elegy for the newspaper comic strip intends more than mere nostalgia for a fading form; its artists are sounding an impassioned call to action, too, aimed at both readers and artists who love the medium. “Let us not mourn the death of the newspaper comics,” the editors write, “rather, let us have a wake to celebrate what they once were, and to perhaps build something new.”
Note that if you are in the Twin Cities, the show is up until the 29th… and if you are not in the Twin Cities, you can order a copy online here.
1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
SHOW RUNS AUGUST 7-29, 2009
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 1pm-7pm, SATURDAY 1pm-5pm
TODAY’S FEATURED ITEM:
The Crosseyed Cyclops has a big stack of issues of DC’s series The Fox and the Crow available here. The series was based on characters created by Frank Tashlin for Columbia’s Screen Gems cartoon series (you can see some of the cartoons here).
Fox and Crow started their comic book career in the pages of DC’s Real Screen Funnies, but were popular enough to eventually graduate to their own series, which ran until 1968.
In spite of their popularity they are mostly forgotten today… which is a shame, because their comics (and cartoons) are usually wonderfully executed and frequently hilarious. I don’t know much about the creative teams on these books, but Don Markstein’s Toonopedia credits them primarily to artist Jim Davis (obviously not the Jim Davis of Garfield fame) and writers Hubie Karp and Cecil Beard.
Read more about Fox and Crow on Wikipedia.
Read more about Fox and Crow at Don Markstein’s Toonopedia.
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- May 3, 2009 Randy and Chirpy
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TODAY’S FEATURED ITEM:
Another great issue of Four Color from Cool-Mo-Dee… Walt Kelly’s Brownies. I posted a link to another issue of Brownies that Cool-Mo-Dee posted the other day as well. Walt Kelly is easily one of my top ten favorite cartoonists of all time… he is endlessly inventive, uproariously funny, and his drawings are always gorgeous. His skill at character development and dialogue is unsurpassed in comics.
In spite of his popularity, very little of his non-Pogo work has been reprinted. I’m optimistic this might change soon for some reason… partially because there are two thick books of children’s comics coming out soon that will inevitably dazzle people’s eyes right out of their sockets.
One is edited is edited by Craig Yoe and is called Golden Treasury of Krazy Kool Klassic Kids’ Komics and one is edited by Art Spiegeman and Francoise Mouly called The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics.
The books are going to feature a LOT of wonderful neglected childrens’ comics by a LOT of great cartoonists… in addition to Walt Kelly: Carl Barks, John Stanley, Sheldon Mayer, Basil Wolverton, George Carlson, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Frank Frazetta, Dr. Seuss, Syd Hoff, Jules Feiffer, Dan DeCarlo, and presumably a lot more. Since Kelly is one of the best, and has an enormous body of work for children that has never been reprinted, I hope it inspires a complete reprinting of this work over the coming years.
Note that in addition to having an eagerly-awaited complete Pogo reprinting in the works, Fantagraphics books has also been reprinting Kelly’s wonderful Our Gang comics (3 volumes released so far and a fourth on the way). This is currently the only Kelly work other than Pogo in print. Let’s hope that changes soon.
Click the Brownies cover above to go download the comic book. Kelly also had some of the most consistently beautifully colored covers on his comic books.
TODAY’S FEATURED ITEM:
Dumbo’s Sky Voyage is not the best comic on the list below… heck, it isn’t even close to being the best issue of Dell’s Four Color series on the list below (I mean, Carl Barks classic tales Lost in the Andes and Voodoo Hoodoo are down there! It doesn’t get any better than that! Why am I talking about Dumbo?).
I speak to you about it solely because I read my copy of it to my daughter the other week.
Even bad issues of Four Color (and this is a pretty bad one) are pretty entertaining. Dumbo is one of my favorite Disney cartoons, but this doesn’t preserve much of its charm. Dumbo talks in this comic (he’s silent in the movie), and his entertaining sidekick Timothy the Mouse is nowhere to be seen. Strangely, although Timothy and all other characters from Dumbo are completely absent, Doc from the Seven Dwarfs shows up (tangent: why is it dwarfs instead of dwarves when these imps are mentioned, anyhow?)… all Disney characters apparently living in the same shared Disneyverse. Needless to say, continuity was never a concern in the old Disney comics (at least not until Don Rosa’s excellent take on the Disney ducks). I think there was at least one other random Disney character that showed up somewhere in it… damned if I can remember at this point, and it takes too long to download and find out. My memory is lousy anyhow, and this is not a memorable comic. Kind of fun, though, and I’m a sucker for about any issue of Four Color. So, I liked it. But I can’t really recommend it! Maybe you just like old Dell comics like I do… you can download it by clicking the image above.
Don’t miss those Carl Barks comics, though! Square eggs!!!
Donald Duck in Lost in the Andes
Donald Duck in Voodoo Hoodoo
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- Doug Wright Editorial Cartoons
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- “Olsen the Roughneck!”
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- From Atlas Comics Here’s Adventures Into Terror
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- From Ace Publishing Here’s Baffling Mysteries
- From US Publication Here’s The 1940’s Camera Comics
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