A Fanzine Editor's 60-Year Love Affair with 1950s Comics

There’s this comic-book story about space aliens who try to save our planet from self-annihilation. But they arrive too late: We’d already destroyed ourselves in an atomic war. They land their rocket ship on a chunk of a devastated earth …

Illustrated Classics of African-American Literature

Students: If you plan to cheat on your book reports, take a look at Graphic Classics. As Art Spiegelman put it, “Comics are a gateway drug to literacy”; for the visually oriented, this series will open doors to literature. It’s also …

The Advertising Power of Comic Book Artists

In the early part of the twentieth century the first American cartoonists were the superstars of their times. Their work was received by an adoring audience, they earned lucrative contracts and toured the country to give chalk talks to a …

WonderCon: My "4 Highlights" List

Southern California got a taste of WonderCon for three days last week, while its usual venue, San Francisco’s Moscone Center, is being spruced up. Those who expected another San Diego Comic-Con will have wondered where the monstrous comics, film, and …

Politics of Pop: Warhol’s Working Class SuperHero

  Anthony E. Grudin cares about the working class. He also cares – a lot – about Andy Warhol. Not the later Warhol, who pandered to high society celebs, but the younger man, with one foot headed for the galleries …

Resurrected: A Multifaceted Icon of Comic Book Art

I originally came to know Wally Wood for his comical comics, mainly his acclaimed work for Mad back in its 1950s, pre-magazine incarnation. But his personal life was a drama verging on tragedy and culminating with his suicide in 1981. …

Avengers Assembled, the Sequel

J.J. Sedelmaier’s recent post on Superman got my comic book mojo going. I’ve always been more of a Marvel guy myself and it got me thinking about this piece I did a year and half ago for Imprint about the wild …

Long Beach Comic Con: My "7 Highlights" List

  These days, the so-called San Diego “Comic”-Con‘s main attraction is sugary TV and movie confectionery. But if you enjoy graphic novels and cartoons – and, well, scary stuff – you may have attended the recent Comic & Horror Con …