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Generations of children grew up reading the antics of Nicky and Dicky, better known as the Tracy Twins. Drawn for decades by Dik Browne for the Boy Scouts’ Boys’ Life magazine, the strip is as sewn into the fabric of yesteryear’s boyhood as an Eagle Scout patch. Brian Walker chronicles the strip’s development and evolution into an American institution.
During the heyday of sheet music, comics characters often appeared on the music's cover in one of cartoon merchandising's first successes. Kevin Lanagan examines this tuneful genre.
You’re not familiar with Irma Peterson? In the ’50s, she was Queen of All Media. Andrew Pepoy examines her comic strip incarnation.
Though largely forgotten by the animation world by the time of his death, John Sutherland was a seminal figure in instructional and propaganda cartoons. Mark Arnold profiles the influential producer.
Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith has had a lifelong interest in the circus-sideshow subculture, and he recently produced Nobody’s Fool, a remarkable look at a singularly fascinating performer in that unique entertainment world. In an interview, Griffith discusses what prompted him to create the book and the challenges of researching a lost era.
Nat Gertler sheds some light on the career of Fanny Hillman, the Jewish madam whose career was illustrated by MAD magazine maestro Sergio Aragonés.
It’s our photo album from the National Cartoonists Society’s 2019 meeting, filled with exclusive, behind-the-scenes images you won’t find anywhere else! It’s your chance to see dozens and dozens of your favorite cartoonists as you’ve never seen them before!
Charles Atlas’s promise to make real men out of generations of comic-book readers made him an icon known the world over. Gene Kannenberg Jr. looks at the origins and evolution of the ad campaign and why it has been so durable, as well as some of its satirical offspring.
The National Cartoonists Society’s annual awards banquet, the Reuben Awards, will be held on May 18. Hogan’s Alley fearlessly weighs in with our predictions of who wins, and why, in more than a dozen categories.
Sexual harassment is in the headlines, but it’s hardly a recent phenomenon. JEAN KILBOURNE recounts a period early in her stellar career when Li’l Abner creator Al Capp sought to exploit a power imbalance.
Most people know the late JOHN UPDIKE as the world-renowned author, but few know that he once aspired to be a cartoonist. We present a gallery of Updike's cartoon work, much of it unseen for decades—and an essay by Updike on his lifelong love affair with cartooning, written exclusively for Hogan’s Alley.
In Hogan’s Alley #22, TOM HEINTJES chronicles the career of Betty Brown, pharmacist and comics’ first female degreed professional, and here we present an excerpt from the article.
In 1951, Li’l Abner creator Al Capp ran a contest in his strip to discover the woman he could proclaim to have the world’s sweetest face. More than 40 years later, senior editor Tom Heintjes caught up with the contest’s winner.
Dan Piraro, the inimitable force behind Bizarro, has taken readers on a guided tour of his mind’s recesses for years. Here, he talks with Tom Heintjes about this career, meeting his fans (one of whom was possibly homicidal) and the demands of being funny whether he feels like it or not.
For a small group of cartoonists, opportunity knocked on the nursery door. Jeff Keane, Mason Mastroianni, Brian Walker and Greg Walker discuss the privileges and pitfalls of entering the family business .
Tom Heintjes interviews Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden, the authors of the Eisner Award-winning How to Read Nancy, about the new insights they gained about Ernie Bushmiller’s work—and why Sluggo’s Noo Yawk accent would come and go.
For decades, Russell Johnson produced the Mister Oswald strip for hardware retailers. Rob Stolzer interviewed Johnson about his career and the way he combined his twin passions of cartooning and hardware retailing
Harry Haenigsen’s Penny was the standard-bearer for bobby-soxer strips. Ed Black looks at the career of the cartoonist who was a graphic innovator and a keen observer of the generation he was chronicling.
Right Around Home creator Dudley Fisher didn’t enjoy looking down on others, but his comic strip did. Jonathan Barli looks at the largely forgotten master of the bird’s-eye point of view and presents a generous sample of his work.
Millions know Fritzi Ritz better as "Aunt Fritz,” the long-suffering caretaker of Nancy. But when she made her debut on the comic page she was Fritzi Ritz, flapper. We present some of her pre-Nancy escapades when her creator, Larry Whittington, was at the strip's helm.
Unable to serve in the military, Li’l Abner creator Al Capp spearheaded cartoonists’ effort to raise money to fight World War II. Jay Maeder looks at Capp’s cartooning contribution to the cause.
Before he achieved cartooning immortality on Nancy, a teenaged Ernie Bushmiller was honing his chops on a comic strip about a hapless boxer and his long-suffering manager. We present a sampling of pre-Nancy Bushmiller and his strip Mac the Manager.
For decades, the art agency Johnstone and Cushing employed many top cartoonists, including Neal Adams, Milton Caniff, Stan Drake, Dik Browne and others. But today it’s largely forgotten. Tom Heintjes chronicles the rise and fall of a most unusual comics company.
Johnny Hart, the trailblazing creator of B.C. and The Wizard of Id, talks candidly about thinking funny, the role his faith plays in his work and his life and more.
During its century-plus existence, the comic strip has produced defining moments that held the American public in its unique thrall; these moments were the first thing everyone turned to in the newspaper. This feature collects the event that grabbed the public's fancy like no others.
Comic-book superheroes weren't the only ones who felled their foes with a mighty blow. Purveyors of the martial arts offered to confer deadly fighting skill upon readers. Dan Kelly chronicles the rise and fall of one of the medium's more reprobate advertising trends.
Alex Raymond, the immensely gifted and influential creator of Flash Gordon, was killed in a car crash in 1956. Arlen Schumer talks to Raymond's passenger, Blondie artist Stan Drake, to determine if the accident was a suicide. attempt
Invisible Scarlet O’Neil was the comics’ first female superhero. Mike Gordon looks at her career as a trailblazing crimefighter and at the life of her creator, Russell Stamm.