A Month of Writing Stars – Craig Boldman
Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book writing “star,” someone who I think is a very good writer.
I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis?
Here is the archive of previously featured writers.
Today we look at the second in a series of…(I dunno…three? four? something like that…) great Archie writers.
Craig Boldman began working as a professional cartoonist in the late 1970s, and actually wrote a couple of fine Superman stories in the mid-1980s while Julie Schwartz was still the Superman editor.
It was around that time that Boldman’s career shifted a bit. He was originally intending to break in as a comic book ARTIST, but soon he found himself doing more writing, and that was what he did when he began writing for Archie Comics in the late 1980s, which is where he remains today.
Boldman is the writer on the Archie syndicated strip (since 1992), which I’ve always enjoyed (it’s a sharp weekly strip – it is a tough assignment, as you don’t have a lot of space and you have to try almost universal ideas of “funny” – yet Boldman does a good job with it, getting to cute punchlines in a short amount of panels).
Boldman’s top character at Archie is Jughead, where Boldman began a ONE HUNDRED issue (and counting) run on Jughead with artist Rex Lindsey with issue #89.
Here is their 100th issue (note how Lindsey wrote a little 100th on the bottom right of Jughead).
Boldman’s comic book work is noted by its zaniness and also by his ability to draw inspiration from real life events. He is almost the comic book equivalent of Hunter S. Thompson, in that he will attend odd celebrations and festivals then adapt them into Jughead comics, like a Buffalo Wing eating festival or a national Hamburger festival, etc.
The top Archie comics always have a unique take on the short story form that Archie Comics usually use, and Boldman is no different with his often zany, but always solid, plots.
In the pages of Jughead, he also introduced Trula Twyst (in his first issue, no less!) a girl who is good at getting into Jughead’s, well, head!
Boldman also writes and draws a cute weekly comic strip called TAILIPOE!
Here is a recent strip…
You can follow TAILIPOE! online here.