Harvey Kurtzman

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Mad (Magazine) Crazy…

At a time before cable television and the internet, "Mad Magazine" truly ruled and paved the way for "National Lampoon" and Saturday Night Live.

Li'l Abner's Al Capp: A Monstrous Creature, a Masterful Cartoonist

No doubt about it: Al Capp engaged in depraved behavior. Most disgraceful was his attempted rape of a number of women, from college co-eds to Grace Kelly. And, as the interview below suggests, there may be more. Capp also created Li’l Abner, once one of America’s most acclaimed comic strips. It began in 1934,...

Susie Cagle on Occupy Protests, Opinion Reporting, and the Death of Editorial Cartooning

Susie Cagle’s dad, Daryl, is the go-to guy for newspaper editorial cartoons: he runs the Political Cartoonists Index and creates single-panel cartoons for MSNBC.com. But as Susie sees it, that one-image format is just about dead. Doing her own thing with the illustration medium, Susie is a “graphic journalist.” “Drawing the news” is far from...

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 and discover a science-fiction comic book amid the rubble. It contains a story about...

Amazing X-Ray Glasses And 9000 Other Novelties – Johnson Smith & Co.

With Chicago’s “C2E2″ 2012 ComicCon (http://www.c2e2.com/) approaching this week from April 13-15 at McCormick Place, it seems fitting that I do a piece on an aspect of comic books that everyone even remotely acquainted with the realm knows well – the Johnson Smith & Company of Detroit, Michigan. You may not recognize the firm’s...