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Get these books by
Craig Yoe:
Archie's Mad House Krazy Kat & The Art of George Herriman: A Celebration
Archie's Mad House The Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear
Archie's Mad House Amazing 3-D Comics
Archie's Mad House Archie's Mad House
Archie's Mad House The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories
Archie's Mad House The Official Fart Book
Archie's Mad House The Official Barf Book
Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf
Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond! Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond!
Dick Briefer's Frankenstein Dick Briefer's Frankenstein
Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women
Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails
Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool KIDS KOMICS"
"Another amazing book from Craig Yoe!"
-Jerry Beck
CartoonBrew.com
Dan DeCarlo's Jetta Dan DeCarlo's Jetta
"A long-forgotten comic book gem."
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story
"Wonderful!"
-Playboy magazine
"Stunningly beautiful!"
- The Forward
"An absolute must-have."
-Jerry Beck
CartoonBrew.com
The Art of Ditko
The Art of Ditko
"Craig's book revealed to me a genius I had ignored my entire life."
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
The Greatest Anti-War Cartoons
The Great Anti-War Cartoons
Introduction by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus
"Pencils for Peace!"
-The Washington Post
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
"Crazy, fun, absurd!"
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
More books by Craig Yoe

Get these books by
Craig Yoe:
Archie's Mad House Krazy Kat & The Art of George Herriman: A Celebration
Archie's Mad House The Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear
Archie's Mad House Amazing 3-D Comics
Archie's Mad House Archie's Mad House
Archie's Mad House The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories
Archie's Mad House The Official Fart Book
Archie's Mad House The Official Barf Book
Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf
Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond! Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond!
Dick Briefer's Frankenstein Dick Briefer's Frankenstein
Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women
Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails
Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool KIDS KOMICS"
"Another amazing book from Craig Yoe!"
-Jerry Beck
CartoonBrew.com
Dan DeCarlo's Jetta Dan DeCarlo's Jetta
"A long-forgotten comic book gem."
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story
"Wonderful!"
-Playboy magazine
"Stunningly beautiful!"
- The Forward
"An absolute must-have."
-Jerry Beck
CartoonBrew.com
The Art of Ditko
The Art of Ditko
"Craig's book revealed to me a genius I had ignored my entire life."
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
The Greatest Anti-War Cartoons
The Great Anti-War Cartoons
Introduction by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus
"Pencils for Peace!"
-The Washington Post
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
"Crazy, fun, absurd!"
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
More books by Craig Yoe

Archive for January, 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Birth of Rudolph Topffer

On this day in 1799, Swiss artist and author Rudolph Topffer was born. He is considered by many to be the first modern comic creator. His first “comic” was a story illustrated with a series of pictures – duh! Why hadn’t anyone thought of that before? Anyhow, it’s a good thing Topffer did, as he made This Day in Arf History possible. Here’s a page from his first such publication, Histoire de M. Vieux Bois (The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck in English).

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

It’s Wacky Wonder Woman Wednesday – Playboy Secrets Revealed!

This photo of Tiffany Fallon as Wonder Woman appeared in the latest issue of Playboy:

Nice. But, come on — we all know those flawless Playboy wonder-women are heavily airbrushed. It’s true! As proof, through secret unnamed sources, The Arf Lovers Blog has obtained a scandalous, undoctored photo from the Playboy files AND shocking evidence of their top-secret touch-up techniques. Here’s the original photo of Tiffany, as it came from the photographer’s camera:

So here’s the step-buy-step unvarnished truth about how Playboy worked their “magic:”

First, they covered up an unsightly armpit with hair extensions. (Sometimes, models forget to shave. Other times, it all grows back during the photo shoot.)

Next, imperfections on the skin, including glasses, were cleared up by the Playboy Photoshop-ers. (There are some blemishes that makeup just can’t cover.)

Finally, they modified Tiffany’s body shape entirely to fit a pleasing-though-totally-unrealistic ideal.

And there you go! That’s how Playboy created the “perfect” Wonder Woman. Although I personally greatly prefer the natural beauty of the original shot.


Yay!


Yuck.

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Abbie an’ Slats Ends

On this day in 1971, Al Capp’s Abbie an’ Slats ended its 34-year run. Although never quite as popular as Lil’ Abner, Abbie an’ Slats offered more freedom to Capp as a writer. Indeed, he recruited Raeburn Van Buren to draw the strip while he wrote the scripts. Check out some of their collaborations below:

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Tiny Tim

Tiptoe through the tulips with Tiny Tim!

I had the pleasure of working with Tiny a few times and he was as weird in person as he appeared on TV. But not in a bad way!

What most people miss is he was really like that. It wasn’t a put-on or a character. He was genuinely interested in the Tin Pan Alley era and old crooners, and did his best to imitate them.

The result was strange, especially in the heyday of rock and/or roll. There was Jimi Hendrix on one end of the spectrum, and Tiny Tim on the other. But here at DJ David B World Headquarters we don’t discriminate against any type of music. It all good!

When I first met Tiny he was dressed in a comic-strip suit. It was an actual tailored suit made of fabric with a comics pattern. What a perfect artist to feature on the Arf-lovers blog!

Although Tim was known for his re-creations of vintage tunes, he made several original records including this rare disco gem, “Comic Strip Man.” Enjoy!


(if no bar appears please click here to listen)

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Monday, January 28, 2008

It’s Doll Man Monday!

Here’s the last of our Little Doll Man with Big Heads! The first one is a real drag…

Is this villain wearing X-Ray specs and can see Doll Man’w package?? (Remind me to tell you the story of when the inventor of X-ray specs came to YOE! Studio).

It’s Smash the Bad Guy (Without a Body) on the Chin with a Pocket Watch Time!

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Thanks to the Arf Poofreaders!

Hey all you Comic Arf Poofreaders! You’ve been a tremendous help so far, finding both nice little nit-picks and embarrassing big mistakes. Please get all your corrections, suggestions, praise and razz-berries in by Wednesday. We gotta get that baby out this week into the hands of Fantagraphics! And if you want a free copy of the Comic Arf book, which I’m more than glad to give you, please give us your address. And for those who said no copy needed, they did it for fun or to see a preview of the next Arf or to help the cause–a big thanks to you.

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Monday, January 28, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Jerry Siegel Dies

On this day in 1996, Superman’s Co-Creator, writer Jerry Siegel, passed away. Siegel was born on October 17, 1914 and became infatuated with comic strips and pulp magazines when he was a boy. Siegel might even be credited with producing the first science fiction fanzine–where a “Superman” appeared as a villain looking not unlike a later Lex Luthor. Teen-aged Jerry Siegel and Cleveland pal and artist Joe Shuster debuted to the world the superhero Superman. Although they created one of the most important characters in comic book history, the end of the story is a rather sad one: ugly legal battles over the rights to Superman caused Siegel to retreat from the The Man of Steel. Jerry eventually married a girl who modeled for Lois Lane and continued to write until his death in 1996.


Shuster’s classic Superman art.

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Happy Birthday to Peter Laird!

On this day in 1954, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird was born. Based on a drawing by co-creator Kevin Eastman, the Turtles debuted in 1984 and the first issue was intended to parody four classic comics: Dave Sim’s Cerebus, Frank Miller’s Ronin, and Marvel’s Daredevil and New Mutants. A smart merchandising plan turned Eastman and Laird’s TMNT into an 80s and 90s phenomenon. In addition to being involved in various comics projects, Laird now, most laudably, has the Xeric Foundation that generously awards grants to self-publishing cartoonists (and Western Massachusetts charitable groups). Check out an initial TMNT sketch plus a later comic book cover below:

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Happy Birthday to the Great Jules Feiffer!

On this day in 1929, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer was born. This man has accomplished so much in his 79 years — we’ll just try and name as many as we can. In the 1940s, Feiffer began his career as an assistant to Will Eisner. His editorial cartoons ran in the Village Voice for 42 years, and in 2004, he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame. Kids might recognize his work from his illustrations in The Phantom Tollboth. In 1961, he earned an Oscar for his short animation, “Munro.” Feiffer is also a screenwriter, memorably penning the script for Robert Altman’s Popeye. Career hightlight? An original piece has just been accepted for the next Arf book, Comic Arf. Surely being in Arf will make all those previous accomplishments pale. Happy Birthday Jules!

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Friday, January 25, 2008

A Charlie Brown Tattoo–Good Grief!

Sin-sational artist COOP spied this cool Charlie Brown tat. The tattoo was inked by Sick Dogs Tattoo And Piercing in West Westminster, CA (I’m sorry to hear about their dogs). I’ve added a few pics of Charlie Brown and Lucy to compare to the gal and guy in the tattoo shop. Incidentally, COOP drew the terrific portrait of Commie Cartoonist Art Young for the Cartoonists Go To Hell section of Arf Museum. Arf Museum had a cover and chapter on Cartoons and Tattoos–do you have a copy? Rock on!


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(click here to order Arf Museum)

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

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