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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.
In a talk delivered to his fellow cartoonists in 1994, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz recounted his early days, his creative methods and the cartoonist's obligation to the industry.
When Cathy Guisewite chose to retire her popular strip Cathy, the comics page lost one of the pioneers of bringing a female perspective to the comics page. Tom Heintjes talks to Guisewite about her career and her decision to leave on top.
Patrick McDonnell is the force behind the popular MUTTS comic strip, but he has also ventured into media including books, musicals, animation and a coming theatrical movie. Tom Heintjes speaks to McDonnell about his animal kingdom.
George Luks is the fine artist who also for a time handled the Yellow Kid, then the country’s most popular comics character. Richard Olson chronicles the life of the man who was himself quite a character.
Renowned author Flannery O'Connor had also been a prolific, and proficient, cartoonist. Tom Heintjes examines O'Connor's cartooning years and presents a sample of her work, some of it unseen for decades.
Take a wealthy, beautiful, globetrotting bombshell, add the unique talents of creator Bob Lubbers, and you have Robin Malone. Dave Edwards unravels the mystery behind the strip’s conclusion to ask: Whatever happened to Robin?
Take a trip to Bikini Bottom to get the inside story on the creation of the world’s most famous invertebrate! Tom Heintjes sinks to the bottom to present an in-depth oral history of SpongeBob SquarePants.
In a talk with senior editor Tom Heintjes, For Better or for Worse cartoonist Lynn Johnston discusses her work, her life, and the challenges she surmounted on her trek to cartooning'S elite.