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The Sandman’s Heroic Creator – Bert Christman

Artist Bert Christman co-created the comic book superhero “The Sandman” with writer Gardner Fox in 1939.  The Sandman is Wesley Dodds, a wealthy costumed adventurer who uses a gas gun that, when fired, puts criminals to sleep or compels them to tell the truth.  In his adventures, the Sandman is a brave hero, yet the character’s heroic exploits pale in comparison to the real-life deeds of his creator.

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FRIDAY FLASH FACT – The Political Cartoon that Inspired the Creation of the Teddy Bear

Political cartoons, with their artful combination of images and words, often persuade and inspire voters, but one notable cartoon inspired the name of the stuffed toy bear known as the “teddy bear.”

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Cthulhu Asks Tough Questions – The James Harren Interview

Every week, malevolent cosmic deity and comics connoisseur Cthulhu critiques comics via Twitter (@ClockpunkEllis).  Cthulhu also reaches out to comics creators on Twitter to ask them tough, personal questions.  This week, Cthulhu contacted James Harren, the artist of the comics series B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, to ask him a tough question.

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Droid Life – The Greatest Humor Comic Strip in the Galaxy!

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The humorous strip DROID LIFE is usually found on the inside front cover of 2000 AD.   (Prog 1601)

The weekly British science fiction comics anthology 2000 AD is known in America for its iconic lead character, Judge Dredd, and the number of high quality creators (Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, among others) who once worked on the comic.  Some American comics fans may not be aware that 2000 AD has several established conceits that date back to the comics founding in the late 1970s, such as the humorous notion that the comic is managed by a green-skinned extraterrestrial editor named “Tharg the Mighty,” or the comic’s identification of individual issues by “prog” (short for “programme”) numbers, or the idea that the comic’s contents are provided not by human creators but by robots, or “droids”.

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Cthulhu Asks Tough Questions – The Mark Millar Interview

Every week, malevolent cosmic deity and comics connoisseur Cthulhu critiques comics via Twitter (@ClockpunkEllis).  Cthulhu also reaches out to comics creators on Twitter  to ask them tough, personal questions.  This week, Cthulhu contacted Mark Millar, the creator and writer of such comics as Kick-Ass, Supercrooks, MPH, Starlight, The Secret Service, and the upcoming Chrononauts, to ask him a tough question.

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