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Sean Kleefeld
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On Strips: The Comic Strip Murder
The TV show Suspense debuted in early 1949 on CBS on ran for six seasons. It was an anthology series based on a radio show where each episode presented an entirely different story, related only by the broad "suspense" genre. The TV show was sponsored by Aut...

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On -isms: Bass Reeves Review
A few months back , I reviewed Joel Christian Gill's biography of Bessie Stringfield. I was certainly encouraged enough to track down the first volume of the series, featuring a biography of Bass Reeves , "the most successful lawman in the Old West!" The st...

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Weekly Comics Links
Greg Presto looks at the growing comic market in Africa , particularly in Nairobi. Ron Edwards makes the argument that the history of US comics is the history of DC comics . "There’s no history of Marvel, Dell, Fawcett, Archie, and Gold Key, or their relate...

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On History: Byrne's Generations Review
A couple years back , I found a collection of 5,000-6,000 comics on the curb. Mostly Marvel and DC books from around the early 2000s up through about 2010. I've been plenty busy, and haven't read most of them, but I did take some time to read through John B...

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On Business: Presidential Impact
We are one month into Trump's presidency, and I keep finding myself trying to suss how that will impact the comic book industry. As we're only a month in, we don't really have any data yet and most of the broader think pieces I can find were written no earl...

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On Strips: Earliest Presidential Appearance
Here's an odd question: who was the first American President to appear in a regularly syndicated comic strip? Not a political comic, but an ongoing, regular comic strip and it just happened to feature the American President. Doonesbury has probably featured...

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On -isms: BHM Comic Suggestion
One of the semi-common refrains among those in support of Black History Month is that it's only one month. When weighed against the centuries of oppression, which continues in various forms to this day, one month is hardly long enough. (And it's the shortes...

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Weekly Comics Links
Barry Pearl puts together a list of the most influential comic titles in US history . Many inclusions are obvious; some are not. Neil Cohn has a new paper out entitled " Drawing the Line Between Constituent Structure and Coherence Relations in Visual Narrat...

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On History: Carl Barks' Duck Review
I picked up Peter Schlling's Carl Barks' Duck , I think, last spring but, despite being barely over 100 pages, didn't get around to reading it until last week. Barks was, of course, famous for his Donald Duck comics which, although frequently unaccredited, ...

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On Business: Comics Will Break Your Heart
My father gave me some professional advice when I was a teenager. He said to take your first love, the thing you have the most passion for, and make it your hobby. Take the thing you love second, and make that your career. That does a few things. First, it ...
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