Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hogan's Alley - FCBD 2010

Can't make it to a local comic shop on Saturday, May 1st? No worries, you can still get free stuff!

Why so glum, chum? We're here to deliver a glimmer of cheer! Mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 1: Free Comic Book Day. Send us an e-mail ON THAT DATE with your mailing address, and we’ll send you a FREE issue of Hogan’s Alley! No obligations, no strings attached; the only thing it will cost you is several hours as you enjoy the issue. (This offer is valid for all U.S. residents, whether you’re a current subscriber or not.) Remember the one condition—we must receive your e-mail request (sent to on Free Comic Book Day (May 1), not the day before or the day after. (Before and after that date, any requests for freebies will receive only scorn and derision.)

Free stuff is always cool, but cool free stuff is even cooler! If you have not yet had a chance to read this labor of love magazine dedicated to the cartoon arts, this is the perfect time to try it out. If you like comics, you'll be glad you did!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - First Saturday in May

This weekend is the first Saturday in May which means the Kentucky Derby - the first event in horse racing's Triple Crown season. The sport was at its height during Scarlet's day and as this reprint in Famous Funnies #141 shows, Scarlet herself took part in a horse race, much to the dismay of the horse!

More recently, the first Saturday in May is also a day that friends of Scarlet can appreciate - it is Free Comic Book Day! This Saturday, participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away select comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. Check with your local shop for their participation and rules. For more details on the books that will be available and local stores in your area, click the link below.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Play Ball!

It was not long after Scarlet made her debut in the newspapers in 1940 that she was participating in the National Pastime. Though she quickly found out that it is a rougher sports than most people think! Here's a colorized reprinted page from Famous Funnies #82.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Scarlet Makes a Splash!

This week's strip comes from the latest batch of dailies we have added to our collection. From a story arc in late 1947 as Scarlet was trying to help Mr. Afly Speck win the heart of a weightlifting woman. He tries to impress her by leaping off the high dive board and Scarlet also takes the plunge! It has been difficult to track down all of Scarlet's strips. Very few of the originals exist. We have mainly depended on personal collections and library newspaper archives, but we keep going, until we have the entire run!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - April Fool

Now that March is over and we are finished spotlighting some of the craziest characters Scarlet encountered, she is safe from harm. Or is she? Not every one of her foes was deadly, some were just annoying. Such as prankster Dean Blink, who was featured in a January 1945 arc that was reprinted in Famous Funnies #142-143.