At The Nation, Jeet Heer writes about the impact of MAD magazine and references its origins, which came at a tumultuous time for the comic book industry and for EC Comics publisher William Gaines.
In 1948, Gordon Parks’s photography of a Harlem gang involved getting its dangerous members to trust him, so that he could spend time shooting them and talking to them about what life was like as a “Midtowner.”
These are the pieces of reporting, essays, culture writing, etc. that stayed with me over the course of 2017.
Charley Harper died in Dayton, Ohio on a Sunday ten years ago this past June. He was just shy of his 85th birthday and had been battling complications stemming from pneumonia for months.