Comic struggle: A new book collects works of Archie Comics artist Dan DeCarlo

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 2:04 pm

Honolulu Star-Bulletin reviews Fantagraphics’ new Innocence And Seduction: The Art of Dan DeCarlo:

You’d think that cartoonists have a happy life, drawing such funny stuff all day long. And yet, it’s a cutthroat business, and the captains of industry are quick to crush the life out of the creative team if they think another buck can be squeezed out of them.

The case of Dan DeCarlo comes to mind. … He invented Josie and the Pussycats for Archie, and the comic book was a hit. … DeCarlo learned totally by accident of the subsequent “Josie and the Pussycats” movie that was released in 2001; Archie Comics neglected to inform him. When DeCarlo, exhausting other means, hired a lawyer to investigate his legal rights to the character, Archie dropped him cold, after a 40-year working relationship.

- Eric

One Response to “Comic struggle: A new book collects works of Archie Comics artist Dan DeCarlo”

  1. Joey Manley Says:
    February 2nd, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Gosh, I hope that never happens to anybody we know!

    But who am I kidding? No cartoonist in their right mind would put themselves in this kind of position in this day and age, after the long litany of cautionary tales and sad endings that is the work-for-hire comics industry — not just DeCarlo’s, but also the lives of more “mainstream” artists like Kirby, Cockrum, etc., etc., the list goes on and on, have been seriously damaged by bad contracts they signed when they were young and desperate to stand out above the crowd. And they’ve been LOUD about it! Kirby practically made it his one-man Mission in Life to spread the news. Not to mention Neal Adams. And McCloud and Sim and the Image founders and … the list goes on and on. Everybody’s learned that lesson. There’s no going back.

    Um. Right?


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