Try as we might, even 144 pages can’t contain all the material we had on hand for Hogan’s Alley #22, so we hope you’ll enjoy this material! Some of it also appears in the magazine, and other material appears here exclusively. (To view the images, just click to enlarge.)
A Betty Brown Sampler
In Hogan’s Alley #22, you met Betty Brown, the pharmacist who was comics’ first female degreed professional. Here, we present two complete sequences of the strip you won’t find anywhere else (except the printed magazine)! First a continuity from Betty’s creator, Zack Mosley, from 1936:
After Zack Mosley left Betty Brown to work on his successful daily newspaper strip Smilin’ Jack, his longtime assistant Boody Rogers produced the rest of the strip’s run by himself through its conclusion in 1948 (with a break for wartime military service). Here, we present a sequence of Boody’s Betty from 1939-40.
Some Betty Brown Odds and Ends
Here, we present some material related to Betty Brown’s 1934-1948 run, most of unseen since its original publication (until Hogan’s Alley #22 came out, that is).
Read this generous excerpt from our feature story on Betty Brown in Hogan’s Alley #22.
Hitting the Open Road
In Hogan’s Alley #22, Carol Tilley’s article about the cartooning contest for boys sponsored by Open Road for Boys magazine shed exquisitely researched light on the early creative impulses that many cartoonists had. Here, we present some of the images from the long-running contest, which gave many young people their first taste of being a published cartoonist.
Ted Mullings, the Original Underground Cartoonist
Ted Mullings was a deep cartoonist…deep underground, that is. As a young man, he was hired as an artist and cartoonist for a company that operated an underground mine in Leadville, Colorado. (Mullings also occupied an elevated position there, as Leadville holds the distinction of having the highest elevation of any incorporated U.S. municipality.) In Hogan’s Alley #22, Andy Broome chronicled the unique and fascinating career of the nonagerian Ted Mullings, and we present some of the results here.
In Hogan’s Alley #22, award-winning author Jean Kilbourne recalled events early in her career, when she was trying to build a career as a writer. Working for world-famous Li’l Abner creator Al Capp in the 1960s, she was subjected to the sort of sexual harassment that has gone on for decades but has only become widely discussed in the #MeToo era. Here, we present some artifacts from that period (her article is in the issue), including a book review that Kilbourne ghost-wrote for Capp (with Capp’s illustrations) and the 1971 newspaper expose that helped lead to Capp’s exposure as a predator. Kilbourne went on to become a renowned author, educator, researcher and speaker.
Journalists in the Comics
In Hogan’s Alley #22, Michelle Nolan surveyed the (only occasionally accurate) depiction of journalists in comics books, a highly entertaining, if fanciful, look at how the Fifth Estate plies its trade. From the the archives of Michelle (herself a career journalist), we present some of the images that helped form readers’ impressions of journalists.
If these items have whetted your appetite, please consider buying a subscription to Hogan’s Alley! Four issues of this 144-page, squarebound magazine will come right to your door for only $26, and we’ll start you off with issue #22, so you’ll see what the material above has been all about! Just click the cover image to the left and get ready to move into the Alley!