Head on over to MadArtLab for the story of Annie Alexander, the woman who founded two research centers and collected and catalogued thousands of specimens from the glaciers of Alaska to the deserts of California!
Magik (1983, Marvel Comics) Writer: Chris Claremont Artist: Sal Buscema Systemic abuse of the young is just about the darkest thing that comics can address, and for every character whose horrendous childhood is discussed in intelligent detail there are ten with dashed off cases of Childhood Abuse so cavalierly handled that […]
Night Nurse (Marvel, 1972) Writer: Jean Thomas Art: Winslow Mortimer Night Nurse is a comic between worlds. It is largely a straight-up story of a young nurse struggling to balance medical training, hospital routine, and a regular life, the sort of tale that dominated the racks during the super hero dry Comics Code […]
Elektra: Assassin (Epic Comics, 1986-87) Writer: Frank Miller Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz The usual order of relations between writer and artist in comic books runs something like, “Here’s fifty bucks, now draw this, monkey.” And that’s where it ends. But sometimes, that rarest of sometimes, artist and writer fall into a creative feedback loop […]
It’s Women in Science 42, chock full of all the 1950s Marine Biology awesomeness you’ve come to expect! This week, we look at Eugenie Clark, whose plectognath research in the South Pacific and Red Sea turned into one of the surprise best sellers of the early Fifties.
Head on over to The Humanist for the second and final part in my cartoonological and essayerific survey of the life and continued relevance of Voltaire, this time focusing on his later, I think rather more interesting social justice and biting pamphlet period!
Grrl Scouts (Oni Press, 1999) Written and Drawn by Jim Mahfood. Back in high school in the mid 90s, you knew who the cool kids were. They spoke their own strange tongue and carried around bootlegged videocassettes of something called Clerks which, to hear them tell it, was about blowjobs and […]
Canteen Kate (St. John, 1951-53) Created and Illustrated by: Matt Baker In 1951, American television saw the premiere of I Love Lucy, a program showcasing a comic genius portraying a character six times too clever for anybody’s good. She concocted fantastic, elaborate schemes to escape the drudgery of mere existence, only […]
Starfire (DC Comics, 1976) Writers: David Michelinie (1,2), Elliot Maggin (3-5), Steve Englehart (6-7), Tom DeFalco (8). Art: Mike Vosburg, Vince Colletta. In 1973, Red Sonja made her debut in the pages of Conan the Barbarian, relaunching the medieval woman warrior trope that had lain dormant since the glorious weirdness of […]
The Ballad of Halo Jones (2000AD, 1984-1986) Written by: Alan Moore Art by: Ian Gibson The world of female comics is saturated with qualifiers. For its time. Comparatively Speaking. As good as could be expected, considering…. We are forced to relativize in order to recognize genuine progress while still acknowledging […]