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Barry One, Pearl Two

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 …

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Salute for a Centennial Birthday!

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:

 

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Eating by the Arno

As part of our Summer 2018 Italian Tour, we spent some time in Florence with comics historian Alberto Becattini and his wife Luciana. Like all Italians, Alberto was eager to show off the highlights and sidelights of his home town.

Alberto and I have read each other’s work for decades and have exchanged innumerable emails, but this was the first time we met in person. And what better place to meet than in Florence!

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Tributes from a Special Guest Author

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 …

DEAN MULLANEY

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.

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Have Computer—Will Travel

When I was a young child—we’re talking late-1950s—westerns ruled the TV airwaves. Next to Zorro, my unequivocal favorite was Have Gun—Will Travel, starring Richard Boone (who many longtime Steve Ditko fans recognize as the visual inspiration for Doctor Strange). Boone portrayed Paladin, a gun for hire who would travel across the West to help clients—hence the name “Have Gun—Will Travel.”

Over the years the title has engendered plenty of variations and parodies, to which Lorraine Turner and I add, “Have Computer—Will Travel.” When we headed to Italy for a couple of months this Spring, it was obvious that “the work must go on,” so we packed up the laptops and portable Wacom displays. In between meeting with European comics publishers, creators, and historians, we’re setting up shop as we go. Here’s a video of our latest stop: Praiano, on the Amalfi Coast. The view doesn’t get much better than this as we demonstrate that it’s indeed possible to Have Computer—Will Travel.

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