Alice in Comicland - interview with comic book historian Craig Yoe

Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice is well known for her colorful adventures in Wonderland. But it wasn’t until she graced the pages of comic books that her experiences became truly bizarre.

By Mark Frauenfelder

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For many years, comic book historian Craig Yoe has been cataloging comic book depictions of Alice. Alice in Comicland is the fruit of his research. Yoe has discovered comic book stories in which Alice rides in a flying saucer, meets Santa Claus, undergoes a sex change, and stars in banned 1950s horror comics. These stories were written and drawn by some of the best comic book artists in the industry, including Walt Kelly, Alex Toth, Dan DeCarlo, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Davis, Dave Berg, and Jack Kirby.

Why is Alice a perennial star of comic books? Two reasons: first, she is as internationally famous as Mickey Mouse, and second, she’s in the public domain, so there are no licensing hassles. I expect Alice will be part of comic books for as long as comic books are around. Enjoy this conversation with the delightful Mr.Yoe.

See pages from Alice in Comicland on Wink.

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Published 10:49 am Tue, May 13, 2014

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About the Author

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is editor-in-chief of Cool Tools and co-founder of Wink Books. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects