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Beyond Comic-Con: The Wonder Women of Comics

One of the most significant comics events during San Diego Comic-Con this week isn’t even part of the official program. It’s the “Wonder Women: On and Off Paper” exhibition.

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The Spearmen are Dear Men, Buy Gum

Before the Doublemint Twins put Wrigley’s gum in America’s mouths and minds of gum-chewing millions, the trade characters that most stuck as effective mnemonics were the Spearmen

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July 4: CONSENSUS, at Last!

On this Independence Day, let’s get behind the candidate the D’s and R’s can support. (From Cartoons Magazine, the Daily Show of its day.)

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History For The Price Of Peanuts

I can’t say I think of Planters’ Mr. Peanut as a source of historical data, but this colorful little “Paint Book” from 1935 would seem to indicate otherwise.

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The Ages Of “21″

In 1936, the former speakeasy and NYC restaurant-club, Jack & Charlie’s “21″ (what we now know as The 21 Club) published, “The Iron Gate” as a self-promotional tool.

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Noir is Dark: Black Scat Publishing

Black Scat Publishing is responsible for visual and literary books, including “Nickle Noir: the Art of John Nickle”. Founder Norman Conquest provides insight into his evolution in the publishing world. “There’s nothing wrong with digital books, mind you, but only as a convenience. An accessory. Not a replacement!” he says.

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Riting Before Texting

Before Instagram, photo albums required considerable manual labor to keep fresh and current. There were various ways, but one of the most popular was a tracing method, in this case known as Rite-a-Title. You could “Write a Title in a …