Vladimir Nabokov y los cómics

28 07 2009


Nabokov‘s interest in comic strips was not limited to his childhood. Axel Rex, protagonist of Laughter in the Dark, is a cartoonist, the creator of Cheepy. Bend Sinister also features an invented comic strip (Etermon) and Speak, Memory pays its coded tribute to Otto Soglow‘s strip The Little King. Alfred Appel, whose 1974 Nabokov’s Dark Cinema (New York, Oxford UP) remains the best introduction to Nabokov’s use of images from popular culture, surveys his American comic strip allusions (pp. 74-85). Dick Tracy and Kerry Drake figure in Lolita, as does Lo’s favorite strip Penny. Appel also quotes a personal conversation in which Nabokov mused: “Dennis the Menace doesn’t look like his father. Could he be illegitimate?” (31). When he ponders writing a letter about it to The Herald Tribune, “he is dissuaded by Vèra who remarks that the paper had not printed his earlier letter about plot inconsistencies in Rex Morgan.”

—D. Barton Johnson, “Nabokov’s Golliwoggs: Lodi Reads English 1899-1909”

Via: Comics Comics

Biografías de autores americanos de 1935

27 03 2009


Men of Comics de William E. Berchtold publicado en la revista New Outlook de Nueva York en abril de 1935, presenta las biografías de Harold Gray, George McManus, Sidney Smith, Bud Fisher, Elzie Segar, Ham Fisher, Harold Foster, Rex Maxon, Chester Gould, Alex Raymond, George Herriman, Fontaine Fox, Frank Willard, Billy DeBeck, Noel Sickles, Gene Ahern, Arthur H. Folwell, Percy Crosby, Frank King, Carl Ed, Otto Soglow, Sol Hess y W.A. Carlson, entre otros.

Fuente: Journalista!