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The Way They Were (Comic Chronicles)

Al Williamson

Last month’s auction of some of Al Williamson’s pre-Manning Star Wars comic book proposals (we featured them on our Facebook page) prompted Diamond’s Scoop to re-feature a Williamson profile from 22 years ago. year.

Rip Kirby, of course, wasn’t the end of Williamson’s press work. In addition to a race on Agent X-9 he teamed up with his old friend Archie Goodwin for a respected long run on the star wars undress. He fondly remembers the collaboration and identifies him as his favorite writer to work with.

“When King Features called me to do this comic, I immediately thought of Archie to write it,” he says. “We had lunch. Archie said to me, ‘I’ll write it if you draw it,’ and I said, ‘I’ll draw it if you write it,’ and that’s how we got together. gathered for this.

Below: Stats from Al Williamson’s first Star Wars proposal

© LucasFilm


“While autobiographical graphic novels have become a very popular literary genre during the 21st century, their history is generally assumed to begin with underground comix – small press or self-published comics – in the 1970s. nearly half a century earlier, calls this history into question.

“We believe this collection of autobiographical comics may be the first of its kind: perhaps the earliest known example of what we would today call an autobiographical graphic novel,” he said.

[T]he was previously unknown Journey and Adventures of a Good Little German in Kangaroolanda five-part autobiographical graphic novel from 1916-19 recently donated to the University of Adelaide Library’s Special Collections, may well rewrite the history books.

Drawn by C. Friedrich, a previously unknown German cartoonist while he was detained between 1916 and 1919 in an Australian internment camp, the rare publications are kept in the special collections of the university library.

Richard Watts and ArtsHub detail “an important discovery”.

Paul Cocker, Jr.

Before Phil Hahn and Paul Coker, Jr. created MAD Beastlies and Horrifying Clichés for MAD Magazine, they tested the concept in 1962/1963 Playboy.

© Playboy

Steve Ditko

Another piece at auction.

Steve Ditko A.Ditko #25 #25 (#20) “Action-Reaction” back cover Original art (Robin Snyder and Steve Ditko, 2016). This one-page document was created in ink over graphite on 9.25″ x 12″ bright white Bristol board and was used as the back cover. In excellent condition.

© The Estate of Steve Ditko

Crumb, Wilson, Spain, Spiegelman, Shelton, Griffith, London, Driggs, Green, +

Truly an A to Z of the greats – from R. Crumb (godfather of the form, with Harvey Kurtzman being his grandfather) to S. Clay Wilson – the book features many of my comix heroes, quite a few unknowns (for me), and, a delight, a group of artists with whom I worked a lot at the time. What amazes me as much as it saddens me is how many of them have left for comix heaven – many were born a decade or more before me, and a handful of those born in my year of birth.

© Drew Friedman

Steven Heller interviews Drew Friedman about his book of portraits of underground cartoonists.

Who better than Drew (a fitting name for an artist) Friedman to draw all the Maverix and Lunatix: Icons of Underground Comix and collect them in a book of the same name?

Spring Heel Jack

He came out of the night, a leaping, leaping superman who terrified the English nation for over 60 years.

At first, stories of this evil figure jumping from roof to roof were accepted as hysterical nonsense. But in January 1838, this strange creature received official recognition when a bartender, Polly Adams, was attacked as she walked through Blackheath, south London. Mary Stevens, a servant, was terrified by what she saw on Barnes Common, and in Clapham churchyard, a woman was assaulted!

The enigma remains… who was Jack at Talons Printemps?

Everything old is new again.

Jimmy Swinnerton

100 years ago
1922: After too long an absence, Jimmy Swinnerton, the famous cartoonist, and his charming wife, herself a remarkable writer, arrived yesterday in Flagstaff from San Francisco. They are accompanied by several friends, including two other world-renowned cartoonists. R. Dirks of New York, originator of the famously mischievous Katzenjammer children; George Herriman of New York, who raises so many bricks at Ignaz Mouse in Krazy Kat, and Mr. and Mrs. MH Benton and Edward Fay Browne, the latter three of Los Altas, California.

The Arizona Daily Sun celebrates Flagstaff’s history.

James Swinnerton and the American Southwest.

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