Monday, March 26, 2012
• New Yorker cartoonist Al Ross died March 22. He was 100. Born Abraham Roth, he was one of a quartet of artistic brothers whose work appeared in such magazines as Colliers, Esquire, and The Saturday Evening Post. Two of his brothers signed their work as Irving Roir and Salo, respectively, while the other didn’t change from his birth name of Ben Roth. Ross’ books included Sexcapades: The Love Life of the Modern Homo Sapiens and Cartooning Fundamentals.
• Link of the Day: The Comic Book Junky Blog has a nice collection of action figure shots from this year’s WonderCon. What’s your favorite?
This Weekend’s Panel Quiz Answer
Kang the Conqueror’s first words were, ““Put away your childish weapons! They are no more than toys to me!” He said them in Avengers #8 (Sep 64).
Whose first words in comics were “I have! But I dare not reveal it!”?
Leonard Nimoy (1931), actor, writer, comic-book character
José Luis Garcia-Lopez (1948), comics artist
Brian Bolland (1951), comics artist
Mark Verheiden (1956), comics writer and movie producer
Robert Kraus (1959), comics writer and artist
Mitch O’Connell (1961), artist
Vinson Watson (1973), comics writer
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
John Drury (1967), comics artist and writer
75 yrs ago Mar 26, 1937 A statue to honor E.C. Segar’s Popeye is dedicated in Crystal City, Texas, “the Spinach Capital of the World.”
40 yrs ago Mar 26, 1972 Field Enterprises begins syndication of Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean strip. (Tony Isabella reviews a collection of those strips in CBG #1690, shipping in April.)
20 yrs ago Mar 26, 1992 Topps announces the formation of a comics division, with Jim Salicrup as editor.
Every Wed. and Sat. California: City Of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Mar 30-Apr 1 Washington: Seattle. Emerald City Comicon.
Mar 31-Apr 1 Ohio: Dayton. Gem City Comic Con.
Mar 31 Iowa: Bettendorf. Comic Book Show.
Mar 31 New York: New York. Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace.
Mar 31 Virginia: Salem. Roanoke Valley Comicon.
Apr 1 Illinois: Peoria. Comic Book Convention.
Apr 1 New Jersey: Secaucus. Comic Art Con.
Apr 1 Virginia: Richmond. Virginia Comicon.
Question of the Week
What era of comics (Golden Age, Silver Age, etc.) is your favorite?