Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

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Tweet Here are some comics to get you in the mood for hot dogs and fireworks. And some videos.

Catch up on your comics history with The Superhero Reader

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Tweet The University Press of Mississippi has published many excellent scholarly works on comics and here’s a new one: The Superhero Reader, a volume of critical essays edited by Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester with a cover by Dean Haspiel. After reading the description, I’m sold. The book is available now. The Superhero […]

The week in women: do we write about gender issues too much?

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Tweet I had about 20 posts in various stages on gender issues this week…let’s put them all into one big roil, complete with shocking personal confessions: § Villain Month is for boys: When the New 52 rolled out two years ago (!?!) it was pointed out that there was a lone female creator: inker Sandra […]

Comics History in Photos: Stan Lee and Jenette Kahn at Temple University in 1978

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Tweet In 1978 Stan Lee was the publisher of Marvel Comics, and Jenette Kahn was the publisher of DC, and together they made a speech at Temple University on the occasion of the oversized epic Superman Vs Muhammed Ali, which was termed of equal value to the Sistine Chapel. I like that comic, but even […]

Meet Kate Lane: the early days of Siegel and Shuster

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Brad Ricca digs into Siegel and Shuster comics from More Fun and Fun Comics that featurevarious precursors to Lois Lane from comics they did before Superman.

Kate Brown, Emma Vieceli and Paul Duffield Take Over the Tower of London

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TweetWell I suppose it was only a matter of time before they took over a castle of their own. We should’ve seen this coming. Today the Tower of London revealed that art from the trio of Paul Duffield, Kate Brown and Emma Vieceli had been erected around the base of scaffolding currently in place on […]

Retro Zeus Comics line is now on Kickstarter

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Tweet   Note: This Zeus Comics is in no way associated with the well known Texas store Zeus Comics. Back on April 1, we told you about Zeus Comics—a purported line of salacious 50s comics that had recently been rediscovered. Given the date and people involved we correctly deduced it was an elaborate April Fools […]

Cartoonists visit Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, stand in stunned wonder

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is the largest collection of comics and comics art in the world. In this charming video by Julie Sokolow, curator Caitlin McGurk leads lucky cartoonists Ed Piskor, Jasen Lex, and Jim Rugg on a magical history tour as they gasp in awe at Bushmiller, Schulz and Kubert originals…as who would not. Along the way the joyous news that the facility will be moving from it’s current 7000 sq. ft. to a massive 40,000 sq. ft. facility this fall. Not that’s progress.

Superman and Lois Lane are 75 today

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Action Comics #1 was published 75 years ago today

24 Hours of Women Cartoonists: Helen Hokinson

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Women’s History month is wrapping up, but we at The Beat don’t feel we celebrated it properly, so for the next 24 hours most of the Beat staff is collaborating on “24 Hours of Women Cartoonists” to spotlight some of our favorite creators.

Manga pioneer Toren Smith as remembered by Lea Hernandez

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by Lea Hernandez – My long-time friend Toren Smith has passed away after a protracted bout of ill health, and I’m heartbroken. I worked for him over the course of seventeen years as part of his elite Studio Proteus team; doing retouch on adult comics, and rewriting titles like 3×3 Eyes, What’s Michael? And Oh! My Goddess!. If Toren had lived another year, I would’ve known him for exactly half my life.

Former Marvel head in sexting scandal

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Okay he was only the head of Marvel for six months during Ron Perelman’s murky march to bankruptcy—in fact he was the guy in charge when Marvel filed—but former Marvel CEO Scott Sassa has been canned from his current gig at Hearst after steamy texts from a Las Vegas stripper showed up somewhere they shouldn’t.

Cartoonists doing things: Nate Powell in Selma

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Cartoonist Nate Powell (left) along with Rep. John Lewis and writer Andrew Aydin—all collaborators on the upcoming graphic novel March—walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma AL, March 2013, where in 1965 600 marchers protesting for civil rights, among them Lewis, were tear gassed and beaten with clubs by police.

Meanwhile, back in the 60s and 70s, teenagers were working for DC

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Via Sean Howe’s invaluable Marvel tumblr, this photo of future Marvel editor in chief Jim Shooter at age 14. At that age he sent a spec script to DC editor Mort Weisinger and was hired to write the Legion of Superheroes at that age. While the world of superhero comics was not quite as harsh as it is now…it was still probably no place for a boy, as Howe writes in MARVEL: THE UNTOLD STORY:

To Do March 20: “Surely you’re joking, Dr. Wertham!”

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Well here’s a must do: a chance to see Carol Tilley, the heroic professor who proved Dr. Fredric Wertham was a fraud, in person with Paul Levitz, David Hajdu, Craig Yoe, Sharon Packer and Danny Fingeroth at a talk celebrating Wertham’s 118th birthday on March 20th.

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Nice art: Jackie Ormes!

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog has a nice post onJackie Ormes, creator of Torchy and the first African-American woman cartoonist of note. And she did get note in her day: