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RC Harvey

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R. C. HARVEY, whose visage appears in a mug shot with his signature rabbit, is an award-winning cartoonist as well as a comics chronicler. He’s drawn in all the medium’s forms—comic strips, magazine gag cartoons, and comic books as well as editorial cartoons. His longest stint at professional work was several generations ago (1978-1983), when he freelanced magazine cartoons. Doc Harvev (Ph.D. in English literature) has produced fourteen books about cartooning and cartoonists. He collected three volumes of Cartoons of the Roaring Twenties (1991-92) about magazine cartooning and has authored The Art of the Funnies (1994), an aesthetic history of newspaper comic strips, and its sequel, The Art of the Comic Book (1996), plus several biographies—Accidental Ambassador Gordo: The Comic Strip Art of Gus Arriola (2000); Meanwhile: A Biography of Milton Caniff, Creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon (2007); The Life and Art of Murphy Anderson (2003), which he ghosted with Anderson. His most recent book is Insider Histories of Cartooning: Rediscovering Forgotten Famous Comics and Their Creators (2014). Harvev was associate editor for comic strips at the earliest incarnation of Inks, a short-lived scholarly journal about the arts of cartooning (a title lately revived). He also curated a comic art exhibition for Seatle’s Frye Art Museum (September-November 1998) and assembled a book from the show, Children of the Yellow Kid: The Evolution of the American Comic Strip (1998). He published regularly in Cartoonist PROfiles, the profession’s most venerable publication, until it ceased, and in Comic Book Marketplace, until it ended, and he continues producing articles for The Comics Journal.