Staff Picks (February): Hogan’s Alley #21

Sometimes I enjoy reading magazines about comics more than I do the current selection of comics when I hit the store on Wednesday. The magazines I read are like a time machine taking me back to when comics were escapism and you would find out about publishers, characters, and creators from before you got into this addiction.

This year Hogan’s Alley has finally won a well-deserved Eisner award. This issue is a prime example of the variety of articles to be found and enjoyed in this publication. Articles range from a 1937 interview with Krazy Kat’s creator George Herriman to discussions with a number of cartoonists on how they overcome writer’s block.  In another article, editorial cartoonists discuss the challenge in depicting former president Barack Obama.

As a bonus for me there is a look into the archives of Mad Magazine and “Buckhead Boy” and UGA fan supreme Jack Davis with much of the art never before published. There is also a look at some of the little-known advertising illustrations by EC comic legend Wallace Wood, a facet of his career that is seldom noted compared to his comic and pulp illustration history.

There is also a look at the career of William Overgard, a cartoonist I remember for his work on Steve Roper and Mike Nomad as well as his strip Rudy featuring a talking chimpanzee.

This is a fine introduction to this publication and, as we say down south, “y’all come back now, ya’hear!”

Steve Leaf

Publisher: Hogan's Alley
Item Code: FEB172255
Release Date: 4/26/17
SRP: $6.95

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