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During high school, Netzer met Greg Theakston, who introduced him to the world of professional comics art. Theakston later introduced him to Neal Adams at the Detroit Triple Fan Fair comics convention in 1975. Adams took interest in Netzer's art and invited him to join Continuity Studios.
He began work producing storyboards and advertising art for the studio, while procuring his first comics assignment, a two-part back-up story in Kamandi: "Tales of the Great Disaster". He gained quick recognition as an illustrator at DC Comics and Marvel Comics, producing art for Kobra, Challengers of the Unknown, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes and Wonder Woman at DC, as well as various covers for Marvel. Other characters he became known for were the Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow & Black Canary, Batman, Black Lightning and Spider-Man.
In November 1977, Netzer left his career in New York and hitchhiked across the United States. In September 1981, Netzer left the United States for Lebanon, and then settled in Israel in 1983.
In 1991, Netzer returned to New York and Continuity Comics, where he produced art for several issues of Megalith as well as work for DC Comics and Tekno Comix.
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Catron met Gary Groth while they were both enrolled at the University of Maryland. In 1974, Catron and Groth put on a Washington, DC-area rock and roll convention that ended in financial failure. Nonetheless, he and Groth dabbled in music publishing with the short-lived magazine Sounds Fine, which they co-published until 1979. During this period, Catron also worked as a public relations assistant for Mike Gold, at the time employed by DC Comics.
In 1976 Catron and Groth co-founded Fantagraphics Books, at that point located in College Park, Maryland. They took over an adzine named The Nostalgia Journal, quickly renaming it The Comics Journal. Catron acted as Fantagraphics' co-publisher until 1985, also handling advertising and circulation for The Comics Journal from 1982 to 1985, when he left the company.
In 1986, Catron established Apple Comics, which began as a packager for Wendy & Richard Pini's WaRP Graphics but with its own financing structure. Soon, Apple branched out to publishing original titles, and became known for publishing war comics, particularly the long-running title Vietnam Journal (as well as many spin-offs and one-shots). Apple Comics went defunct in 1994.
From 2000 to 2008 he served as a board member for the Grand Comics Database.
Catron has been the agent for the estate of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster.
In early 2012, Catron relocated to Seattle and returned to Fantagraphics as editor with the publishing company he co-founded 36 years earlier.
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Starlin's first job for Marvel was as a finisher on pages of The Amazing Spider-Man. He then drew three issues of Iron Man, that introduced the characters Thanos and Drax the Destroyer. He was then given the chance to draw an issue (#25) of the "cosmic" title Captain Marvel. Starlin took over as plotter the following issue, and began developing an elaborate story arc centered on the villainous Thanos, and spread across a number of Marvel titles.
After working on Captain Marvel, Starlin and writer Steve Englehart co-created the character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, though they only worked on the early issues of the series. Starlin then took over the title Warlock, starring a genetically engineered being created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s and re-imagined by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in the 1970s as a Jesus Christ-like figure on an alternate Earth.
The new decade found Starlin creating an expansive story titled "the Metamorphosis Odyssey", which introduced the character of Vanth Dreadstar in Epic Illustrated #3. The storyline was further developed in The Price and Marvel Graphic Novel #3 and eventually the long-running Dreadstar comic book, published first by Epic Comics, and then by First Comics.
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He worked for a year on the art staff of the Chicago Daily News before being drafted into the Army. He spent two years of service as an artist for the Seventh Psychological Operations Group in Okinawa. On his return, his mentor Bill Mauldin helped him get a job as an editorial cartoonist for the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio. As a joke, he once stood on the building ledge outside the Daily News building for 30 minutes wearing a Superman costume so that he could make an entrance to a meeting through the window in the manner of actor George Reeves entering Perry White's office on The Adventures of Superman.
When his animated editorial cartoons, Peters Postscripts, began on NBC Nightly News in 1981, it was the first time animated editorial cartoons appeared regularly on a prime-time network news program. Peters also hosted the 14-part interview series, The World of Cartooning with Mike Peters, for PBS.
In 1984, he launched Mother Goose and Grimm, distributed by King Features Syndicate. The strip is published in 500 newspapers, and according to King Features, it has a daily readership of 100 million. Peters' editorial cartoons and his comic strip are both distributed through King Features' DailyINK email service.
In 1981, Peters won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. He has received recognition for Mother Goose and Grimm with the National Cartoonists Society's 1991 Reuben Award and a nomination for their Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 2000.
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Born in Pittsburg, Kansas, Myers was raised in Oklahoma where his father taught at the University of Tulsa. Myers was interested in cartooning from an early age. After his first submission for syndication failed, he began working for Hallmark Cards in 1960 as an illustrator of greeting cards. He continued to submit comic strip concepts in his free time.
The idea for Broom-Hilda originally came from writer Elliott Caplin, brother of cartoonist Al Capp, who described the character to Myers. Myers designed the characters and wrote the script. Caplin acted as Myers' business agent and submitted the strip to the Chicago Tribune Syndicate. The first strip was published on April 19, 1970.
He received the National Cartoonists Society's Best Humor Strip Award for 1975.
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Distributed by United Feature Syndicate, Fritzi Ritz began October 9, 1922, in the New York Evening World. When Whittington left in 1925, 20-year-old Bushmiller stepped in as his replacement, modeling Fritzi after his fiance, Abby Bohnet, whom he married in 1930. In 1931, when the Evening World and the New York Telegram merged, Fritzi Ritz was one of the strips lost in the shuffle, but it returned January 10, 1932 in the New York Daily Mirror.
At least for the first decade or so, Fritzi Ritz was a silly, frivolous flapper, whose main concerns were men, clothes, cosmetics and money. Readers familiar with the somewhat more responsible Aunt Fritzi (who was Nancy's guardian) would be surprised to encounter the original Fritzi, who was quite sexually active (between the lines) and was constantly throwing herself at good looking or rich men.
In one 1920s strip, she says she is 19 years of age. In later decades, she appears to be in her late twenties or early thirties. The December 3, 1930 strip finds Fritzi stating she was born in New York. She worked as an actress.
On January 2, 1933, Nancy, Fritzi's niece, appeared as a house guest and very quickly overtook the strip. By 1938, when Sluggo Smith was added, the daily was renamed Nancy and Fritzi became a guardian, or quasi-mother, for Nancy. From that point on, Fritzi seemed to lose a lot of her vitality and enjoyment of life, and she often admonished Nancy for various infractions, telling her she could not do this or eat that. In her own Sunday strip, however, Fritzi seemed more vivacious and lively.
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In January 2009, it was announced that Yoann and the comics writer Fabien Vehlmann would take over the responsibility for the Spirou et Fantasio comic strip. It had by then for a while been clear that Dupuis had plans to replace Morvan and Munuera, the duo that had then for some years had the main responsibility for Spirou et Fantasio. Yoann and Vehlmann had by then already created the first volume of Une aventure de Spirou et Fantasio par.... Their first album in the regular series is announced for October 2009.
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His comic strip Cul de Sac focuses on a pre-school girl, Alice Otterloop, and her daily life at school and at home. It began as a Sunday feature in the Washington Post Magazine and was launched in more than 70 newspapers in the fall of 2007. It is distributed nationally as both a daily and Sunday by Universal Press Syndicate.
The first book collection of Cul de Sac strips, published in 2008 by Andrews McMeel, includes the pre-syndication Washington Post strips in color, as well as a foreword by Bill Watterson, who praised Thompson's work.
He received the National Cartoonists Society's Magazine and Book Illustration Award for 1995, plus their Newspaper Illustration Award for 1995. He won a Gold and a Silver Funny Bone Award in 1989 from the Society of Illustrators for humorous illustration. Thompson received the Milton F. "Sonny" Clogg Alumni of the Year award in 2004 from his alma mater, Montgomery College, from which he did not graduate.
On May 28, 2011, Thompson was awarded the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, presented by the National Cartoonists Society.
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Frequently described as the "poet laureate of Cleveland," Pekar "helped change the appreciation for, and perceptions of, the graphic novel, the drawn memoir, the autobiographical comic narrative." Pekar described his work as "autobiography written as it's happening. The theme is about staying alive, getting a job, finding a mate, having a place to live, finding a creative outlet. Life is a war of attrition. You have to stay active on all fronts. It's one thing after another. I've tried to control a chaotic universe. And it's a losing battle. But I can't let go. I've tried, but I can't."
Pekar's friendship with Robert Crumb led to the creation of the self-published, autobiographical comic book series American Splendor. Crumb and Pekar became friends through their mutual love of jazz records when Crumb was living in Cleveland in the mid-1960s. Crumb's work in underground comics led Pekar to see the form's possibilities, saying, "Comics could do anything that film could do. And I wanted in on it." Pekar's story "Crazy Ed" appeared in Crumb's The People's Comics, and Crumb became the first artist to illustrate American Splendor. The comic documents daily life in the aging neighborhoods of Pekar's native Cleveland. The first issue of American Splendor appeared in 1976.
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