News has rapidly spread concerning the passing of comics creator Steve Ditko, and here at The Library of American Comics we mark his passing with a sadness equaled only by our respect for this truly legendary talent.
Author Archive | Bruce Canwell
It was sad news indeed to learn author, lecturer, and social gadfly Harlan Ellison passed away on June 28th at age eighty-four.
No writer affected me more deeply in my teenage years than Ellison, and he stands among that handful of authors who have made a lasting impression on me throughout my lifetime.
A few months ago in this space I showed you some photos of our LOAC books, arrayed on my bookshelves — you can see it here, if you’d like a refresher.
More recently, we received some impressive bookshelf photos from another comics historian, the estimable Barry Pearl. Check out this first of five shots of Mr. Pearl’s amassed comics collections and be prepared, like me, to resist the urge to whistle in appreciation …
It is rare that we rerun content from prior years in this space, but as the title above hints, in this case we have a special reason to do just that. Let me take you back to a story we first ran on June 16, 2013:
Happy Birthday ‘Taffy Tucker’
Serious Caniffites have long known that The Rembrandt of the Comic Strips posed men and women as characters from first Terry and the Pirates and later Steve Canyon, having them create tableaux he translated into memorable comic strip panels. Several photo features in the news media of the day chronicled Milt’s working methods and showcased images of the models who portrayed everyone from Pat Ryan to Miss Mizzou; we have run excerpts from several of those features in several of our books, including this one:
It was a great pleasure to receive the material below from one of the favored comics writers of my boyhood, and one of my favorite acquaintances as an adult — Don McGregor. His body of work surely needs no introduction (and if you’d dispute that because you’re late to the party, well, a quick Google search will quickly clue you in). Don asked me to insure his message got posted in this space, and I’m only too happy to follow through on that request. Without further ado, friends, I yield the floor to the 2015 recipient of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing …
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER
Copyright 2018 by Don McGregor
When Dean Mullaney first thrust his unique talent into the comics medium in the mid-1970s he helped open up the foundations of comics in a way few had done before, creating a place where writers were held in esteem, and where they could create stories that were unlike anything being published anywhere else.
Bits and pieces picked up on the road between Star Hawks Volume 3 and Steve Canyon Volume 9 …
“Now It Can Be Told” Dept: Here’s hoping you were able to tune in on Wednesday, May 16th, to see my wife, Krista, vie with two other competitors on Wheel of Fortune. Krista is an exceptional word-game player (it’s murder trying to beat her at Scrabble!), and her skills were on display throughout this episode — though the capricious Wheel can both giveth and taketh away. That said, I was — and am — very proud of her! Here’s her official publicity picture, taken by a show photographer:
It occurred to me while writing my text feature for our upcoming Star Hawks Volume 3 that 1979 was quite a watershed year for comic strip science fiction. Archie Goodwin and Gil Kane revamped the Star Hawks premise (we’ll zoom in on that topic in our coverage of the material collected in volume 3) — and the Star Wars and Star Trek comic features each debuted in ’79, as well.
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the promotional coverage for those two big SF franchises as they took their respective newspaper bows. Though Star Trek launched last, in December, I’ll show you a sample of its promo ads first. Here’s something that ran in the December 1st Ontario (Canada, not California) Journal:
… That’s what Jim Rockford said when he was up for a Private Investigator trophy in the 1979 Rockford Files episode, “Nice Guys Finish Dead.” The Library of American Comics is equally humble, but proudly notes that Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Strips Volume 1 is a nominee in this year’s Eisner Awards for the category “Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips.” As new Star Wars stories have hit the big screen and the comic shop shelves in recent years, we’re delighted to have made it possible for comics lovers and Star Wars fans alike to enjoy this excellent work by writer/artist Russ Manning, Steve Gerber, Alfredo Alcala, and other fine talent.
As always, the Eisner Award winners will be announced in July, at the San Diego Comic-Con. Everyone at LOAC and IDW extends their thanks to the Eisner committee for acknowledging our efforts.
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that our sister imprint—EuroComics—garnered two nominations for Jean-Pierre Gibrat’s Flight of the Raven!
Up now at the popular comics newsite Bleeding Cool, an interview with yr hmbl svnt — but not just any interview, a three-part interview!
Ian Melton, who writes for the site, contacted me several weeks ago. As a fan of the Amazing Spider-Man comic strip, Ian had bought our reprints of the wall-crawler’s newspaper exploits and asked me if I’d like to talk. Glad to do so, but what I didn’t expect …