Films of the 1960s: MOMA New York Features Cinema Retrospective Germany 1966

In 1966 change was in the air all around the world. In East and West Germany a new generation of filmmakers started breaking with doctrines to counter both commercialism in the West, and the communist party line in the East by adopting a more personal approach to cinema with a focus on soc...


Simplicissimus - Eduard Thöny Exhibition at Museum Wilhelm Busch

For many years, German cartoonist Eduard Thöny (1866-1950) shaped the satirical weekly "Simplicissimus" through his expressive art. In February 2016 he would have turned 150, and Hannover's  Museum Wilhelm Busch currently has a number of pieces of his 1900s oevre on display in a special ex...


Hergé – For the Sake of Clarity

Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi was born May 22, 1907 in Etterbeek, Brussels. To many of us he is mostly known by his pen name: Hergé. The Adventures of Tintin, drawn in his distinct ligne claire style, have made him and his two heroes famous throughout the world. Georges Prospe...


Fast Cars and Freedom: Michel Vaillant

French-Belgian artist and writer Jean Graton invented his racing hero Michel Vaillant in 1957 when he first appeared in the short story "La 24° heure" in the French magazine "Tintinin". A number of full fledged adventures followed up, starting with "LE GRAND DÉFI" on January 1, 1958. The a...


Beat the bloody Romans: Asterix and Obelix

Albert Uderzo, colourblind, son to Italian immigrants, self made comic artist, celebrated his 85th birthday in 2012. His creations Asterix and Obelix were a most important part of a 70s childhood in Europe. Just like "nutella"! Mh chocolaty goodness! And so it happened that the adventures...


Worth millions: Batman 1st appearance

"1939 Batman comic sells for more than $1M – Sale sets new world record for amount of money paid for a comic book". Incredible comic book related headlines like these have a vast impact. All the big newspapers like The Observer and The New York Times print them on their front page and even...


Tom Palmer: I ink like a superhero

Whenever a comic book is produced in the US, a number of artists play an important role. Division of work is in order - and this is not surprising: The industry's giant output must be maintained. As a side-effect, it is often the combination of different crafts that shapes a series and pro...


It's destiny: Gene Colan drawing comic books

Like many of the early and really great comic book artist Eugene Jules "Gene" Colan started drawing very early on. Born September 1, 1926 in New York City he created his first work of art at the age of three. Growing up in Bronx/Upper East Side the "Coulton Waugh" adventure comic strip "Di...


I'm dead! I'm back! I'm dead! Tomb of Dracula

Bram Stoker's Darcula is everywhere. Not many fantastic creatures have let a similar  impression on their contemporary audience, quite like the light-skinned transsylvanian count has. Since his immigration to Central Europe in 1897, he has never stopped creeping about in our livingrooms. H...


Mort Meskin

Mort Meskin was one of the really great old school American comic book artists born May 30, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. He is today best known for his work on a number of Golden and Silver Age comic books and characters roughly dating from the 1940s to the 1960s. Although his influence on...


Not quite MAD, but still crazy. PLOP!

Our find of the day: Plop!, "The New Magazine of Weird Humor!" is a 1970s comic book anthology published by DC Comics. It’s 24 issues ran September 1973 to December 1976, featuring a strange mix of horror and humor. Basil Wolverton created a new trademark on his 1973 Plop!-#1-cover when he...


A classic of film history

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s 1922 film "Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror" spreaded the name of "Nosferatu" throughout the world. Inspired by Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" he used actor Max Schreck to create the image of a creature that will stick to our brains come eternity. Even Klaus Kinski – th...


Nosferatu – Bringer of Evil

He has always been a twitch more terrifying than Dracula - and he always had the scarier teeth. In 1922 Nosferatu inspired Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau to produce a silent movie that made film history, and until today hasn’t lost its eerie touch. The legendary creature Nosferatu is by no mean...


Godzilla King of the Monsters

Godzilla is an icon of pop culture that had its first appearance in the 1954 film "Godzilla". Since then it featured in 28 films of Toho Co., Ltd. and a number of American remakes. It appears in video games, novels, comic books and (animated) TV series. Its last appearance on screen was in...


Winsor McCay

Winsor McCay is one of Americas most famous comic artist of the early 20th century, born September 26, 1871 in Spring Lake, Michigan. He worked as a political cartoonist for daily newspapers and is one of the pioneers of early animated film: The first pieces of film history like "Gertie th...