Tony Benedict

The Early Hanna-Barbera, a la Benedict

San Diego Comic Con is once more upon us, offering a virtual Roman coliseum packed with all things pop culture. For baby boomer toonheads, there will be one bright spot (well, probably ... Continue Reading →
Chuck McKimson

The Man Who Liked Eddie Selzer!

Having been lucky enough to have met and spoken with many pioneering artists from the Golden Age of cartoons over the decades, I’ve picked upon a recurring theme: disdain for ... Continue Reading →
Arlene Klasky

The Other Animated Bugs

With so much discussion of border crossings in the news lately, I could not help but be reminded of one of the more unusual Saturday morning cartoon shows of the last two decades: Klasky-Csupo’s ... Continue Reading →
Maleficent-150

A Jolie Holiday from the Usual

Given all the reporting that has been done on Disney’s Maleficent, the studio’s revisionist take on the former doyenne of animated evil queens, one point seems to have been ... Continue Reading →
Chris Claremont

Everything Old Is New Again, Part 3: ‘X-Men’

I doubt that anyone is surprised that X-Men: Days of Future Past opened huge and promises to become one of the biggest hits of the year. Neither, most likely, is anyone surprised that ... Continue Reading →
Patrick Tatopoulos

Everything Old is New Again, Part 2: ‘Godzilla’

In a summer filled with old, familiar characters getting high-tech, big-budget, cinematic reboots, the venerable Godzilla looks to stand fire-breathing-head-and-shoulders above just ... Continue Reading →
Joe Simon

Everything Old Is New Again, Part 1: Captain America

The venerable Captain America has lately been burning up the box office through the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is not a bad showing for the fourth-oldest superhero ... Continue Reading →
Martha & Sol Sigall

Remembering Sol Sigall

I was saddened to get a call a few days ago from Martha Sigall informing me that her husband Sol had passed away. Sol Sigall was neither an artist, a writer, nor a voice actor, but ... Continue Reading →
Stan Lee / Bob Richardson

Along Came A Spider

Maybe you haven’t heard, but something called The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to be released in theaters in a few weeks. It is certain to contain state-of-the-art visual effects ... Continue Reading →
Howard Djadoun

Five Toon Trivia Facts You Don’t Know (And With Good Reason)

When Howard Djadouin passed away last year at the age of 108, few in Hollywood mourned, chiefly because no one knew who he was. Howard Djadouin had nothing to do with film or animation ... Continue Reading →