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Glowing review of my Meskin books with a promise of more to come:


Somehow I missed this last fall. Nice article by Kevin Holton on my lecture and show at Monmouth University. For the record, I wasn’t fired from PRINT. But I have to admit, it makes me look bad ass. The only job I was ever fired from was from the glass shop where I produced mirror balls for dance clubs when I was 19, but that’s a story for another time.

Woody Guthrie’s New Year Rulin’s: my latest for the Woody Guthrie FoundationWoodyCalendar2013THEREALFINAL.

Steven Brower: Influence, Parody, and Process
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
Ice House Gallery
September 10 – November 16, 2012
Illustrated lecture by the artist:
Thursday, September 13, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wilson Hall Auditorium:
Reception follows in the Ice House Gallery from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

A lot has been going on and I’m way behind in posting. Easiest to post links:

I’m now a regular contributor to Imprint, Print Magazine’s online blog:

Great review of my new book from powerHouse Golden Age Western Comics here:

PowerHouse book also has a great new book of interviews and photos of comic creators by writer Christopher Irving (who wrote the intro to my book) and photographer Seth Kushner, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics

While I’m at it, Fantagraphics will release my Out of the Shadows next month, the first reprint book dedicated to Mort Meskin:

And they just released the third volume of their Ditko reprints by Blake Bell, Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives:

And lastly, I was quoted in an article on Jack Kirby in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

My new article on the inestimable Jack Kirby over at the Print Magazine website:’s-collages-in-context/

I learned earlier today Phoebe Jacobs passed away this weekend. Phoebe was unique in every way. She made things happen. As the Executive Vice President of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, she made my book Satchmo (Abrams) happen and as my friend she is responsible for my upcoming book on Duke Ellington (Rizzoli) with his granddaughter Mercedes. She was not only a great champion of Armstrong and jazz but of all those she believed and cared about. It was through her eyes and with her generosity that I got to know Louis, and I dedicated the book to her.

Her early job as a hat check girl at the New York City club Kelly’s Stable brought her into the world of jazz, and she went on to work for Joe Glaser and Oscar Cohen’s Associated Booking Corp Agency, representing all the greats of jazz of the 20th century, such as Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey, Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington and Peggy Lee. She was also Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s personal assistant and worked as an editor at Simon and Schuster.

She was responsible for the exhibition: “THE COLLAGE AESTHETIC OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG – In the Cause of Happiness” currently on view at Flushing Town Hall. If you haven’t seen it you should head on out, it’s great to see Louis’ collages the size of posters.

There’s a terrific interview with Phoebe here”\

Phoebe was in her early 90s. I’m going to miss her inexorable spirit. To paraphrase Duke, I loved her madly.

Photos: Phoebe at Barnes and Noble book signing in NYC, March 2009; Phoebe, Stanley Crouch and myself discussing Satchmo that night; Phoebe with Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

Same Kirby cover article, new home…

I have an article up on the PRINT website on Jack Kirby:’t-judge-kirby-by-his-covers/

One thing unmentioned in the article is that there is a boycott of all things Marvel/Disney which I fully support.

As the petition says Kirby played a primary role in the creation of the “Marvel Universe” now worth billions, yet receives no such credit and his heirs are not paid any royalties. Kirby is one of many other comic book creators who have been treated shabbily over the years. The Kirby estate is currently appealing a court decision in favor of Marvel/Disney and now is the time to send Marvel a message.

For his centennial year I designed the Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Runin’s 2012 calendar. It printed beautifully, this scan doesn’t do it justice.

The first 3 Rulin’s:

1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any