Your Wednesday Sequence 43
Boy oh boy, will you just look at that. How cool is it that I can say this in complete seriousness: the competition for best spanking sequence in comics is fierce, but if I had to make a snap judgement, I might have to give it to the Roy Crane strip above, which I discussed in no small amount of detail on the latest installment of my Robot 6 column. Also included are my thoughts on the comic-strip format as a delivery mechanism for sequential art, Crane as a forebear to modern "realistic" action comics, Crane as a forebear to punk rock cartooning, and how crazy they were allowed to get in family newspapers during the '40s. I mean, just look! Give it a read, it's hot stuff.
PS: Shortly after writing this column, I somehow suddenly became able to see Crane with entirely new eyes: I had always thought his stuff was great, but as of today I kinda think he's the best cartoonist ever. Seriously. More soon.