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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 February, 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

I (Heart) Tom and Jerry!

No, not THAT Tom and THAT Jerry. I watched plenty of the MGM Tom (cat) and Jerry (mouse) when I was a kid but I now find them EXTREMELY annoying. All that chasing and fighting makes me nervous. But, I love their predecessors in name, the humans Tom and Jerry from the old Van Beuren Studios. Here’s one of Tom and Jer’s best cartoons, Piano Tooners (1932), which includes both some great humor and music. And there’s even a mouse, if that what you really want in a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Lots of meeses, actually, and I love them meeses to pieces. They look like Mickey Mouse without pants! And if nudity gets you excited–and I hope you DO have a pulse–watch for a scene with a lady dressing where you get to see some NAKED BOOBIE. If DJ David B. liked the boobie in the previous post wait till he gets a gander at THIS!

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Friday, February 29, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri was Born

On this day in 1944 Italian comic artist and illustrator Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri was born. His work on the erotic Druuna series was featured in Heavy Metal Magazine.

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Milton Caniff was Born!

On this day in 1907 Milton Caniff was born. Caniff is best known, of course, for Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon (featured a while back in Friday’s the Flying Flick). Caniff was an Eagle Scout and received an Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America. Maybe the Boy Scouts didn’t know about Milt’s drawings that are in my new book “Clean Cartoonists’ Dirty Drawings”.

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Bill Everett Died

On this day in 1973 Bill Everett died. Everett was the co-creator of Daredevil. He also worked on The Hulk and Doctor Strange. And Wild Bill Everett has a sexy pin-up drawing and complete bio in my new book, “Clean Cartoonists’ Dirty Drawings”!

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It’s Wacky Wonder Woman Wednesday!

W.W.W/B.B.W.

According to her blog, seems this B.B.W. made her own W.W. costume for last Halloween. But, being the shy type, through the “magic” of photoshop she put Lynda Carters’ head on top of her own body. It takes all types to make up the Wacky Wonder Woman army!

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Ego, The Living Planet

Okay, trivia buffs, listen up! Here’s an obscure track that makes reference to an even more obscure comic book character. Can you tell me where “he” first appeared? The song is called “Ego, the Living Planet” and it’s by a drug-rock heavy-metal band called Monster Magnet.


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Leave your answers in the comments section and the first one with the correct title and issue number wins a crummy prize of some kind.


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(Of course you can see EXACTLY where Ego first appeared simply by looking at the comic book cover above. Not a very challenging trivia contest, was it?)

On a personal note, I had the privilege of working with Dave Wyndorf, the singer and founding member of Monster Magnet, when he was too young to drive and a member of seminal punk group Shrapnel. So now you know.

To hear “Ego, the Living Planet,” click on the bar below…


(if no bar appears please click here to listen)

Cartoon controversy next Tuesday as we ask the musical question “Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah?”

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Rudolph Dirks was Born

On this day in 1877, German comic artist Rudolph Dirks was born. Kirks moved to Chicago at the age of seven and is probably best known for The Katzenjammer Kids. He was one of the most successful comic pioneers.

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Very Special Doll Man Monday: Interview with Fran Matera!

Arf Lover Paul Bach kindly put me in touch with Golden Age Doll Man artist Fran Matera a while back. I’ve been saving this interview I did with him to celebrate our last days of Doll Man on the Arf Lovers blog. Fran Matera has worked during his career on The Hulk to Tarzan, Steve Roper to Dickie Dare but I wanted to ask Matera most about his days on Doll Man and at Quality Comics, Doll Man’s publisher. Mr. Matera graciously answered my questions. and I’ve peppered them with some of his Doll Man sketches.

1. What was your early experience with comics?

The best part of my grammar and high school years was swapping comic books! I discovered newspapers from many parts of the country containing double page comic sections were available in the public library reading room, a daily stop-over before heading for home while in my senior year.


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2. How did you get professionally involved in the field?

FDR’s “greetings” draft notices were sent to all available men (including draft-age cartoonists at Quality Comics). Al Andriola, viewing my work, encouraged me to carry some pieces to the editors at Quality Comics. The conditions of the bullpens was obviously thinning out.I was hired that day. Editor Busy Arnold assiged me an empty board, Gill Fox handed me sample proof pages of his “Poison Ivy” with a script. In those few weeks, Geo. Brennan assigned me to pencil and ink “The Clock”, followed by penciling and inking Will Eisner’s Doll Man.

3. What particular approach was taken to illustrate the Doll Man scripts?

There didn’t seem to be any particular challenges except the ever awareness of keeping surrouding objects such as phones, pencils, door knobs,tables, lamps etc in proper adjustments to the eight -inch hero. Playing up the uniqueness of Doll Man’s size offered the artist quaranteed “special affects” with Doll Man staged in an appropriate viewpoint whether in closup or background.


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4. Any other remembrances of the those times?

Commuting to the Quality offices at Lexington Ave in NYC I recall Al Stahl, Harry Chessler, Gustafson, John Belfi (doing backgrounds on the delivered Reed Crandall and Jack Cole pages). There was a lettering person, whose name I can’t remember, I watched him letter page after page in quick fashion without guide lines to accumulate enough pages, 25 plus at one- buck per page.


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5. Any more thoughts?The highlight of my short term spent there before moving to the Stamford Connecticut studio at Busy Arnold’s suggestion was the experience of meeting Jack Kirby and Simon in their studio a few blocks south in Tudor City to assist completion of a late six page pencil-and ink layout of “Boy Commandos”!

Now here’s the best part! I asked Fran Matera if he would provide us with a photo of himself and maybe a drawing of Doll Man and look at this beauty he created of contemporary Fran Matera and Doll Man looking on a 1940s Fran Matera slaving away at the drawing board creating Doll Man’s adventures!

Fran Matera has a terrific website and accepts commissions here.

Next week, to conclude our long and fun run of our little hero Doll Man I am going to present “The Top Ten Wonkiest Doll Man Covers”. #1 will be one I’ve not yet shown you and is the craziest, kookiest, weirdest, silliest, sexiest Doll Man cover of all. Don’t miss the exciting Doll Man conclusion!

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Monday, February 25, 2008

This Day in Arf History: Darrell Craig McClure was Born

On this day in 1903 Darrell Craig McClure was born. McClure was best known for his work on Little Annie Rooney and began his apprenticeship as a cartoonist and animator after working as a tailor, lumberjack, and merchant seaman.


(click to read this comic)

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

This Day in Arf History:Antonio Prohias Died

On this day in 1998 Antonio Prohias died. Prohias was the Cuban artist behind Spy vs. Spy, printed in MAD Magazine. He is buried in Woodlawn Park Cemetery and Mausoleum in Miami, Florida.

Craig
C. Yoe (in the funny papers)

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