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Maggin And Hughes To Be Honored With This Year’s Bill Finger Award

Action Comics #276

Since 2005, the Eisner Awards have handed out the Bill Finger Award For Excellence In Comic Book Writing. Named for the often unsung co-creator of Batman, it functions as something of a lifetime achievement award for writers, honoring the contributions of creators like Jerry Siegel, Otto Binder, Steve Gerber, Bill Mantlo, Harvey Kurtzman, and more. And this year, when the awards are presented in San Diego for Comic-Con International, they'll be going to two of the the true greats of the Silver and Bronze Ages.

As announced today, the Bill Finger Award recipients for 2016 are Elliot S. Maggin and Richard E. Hughes.

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Ask Chris #247: The True Story Of American Independence

Ask Chris #247, Herbie art by Ogden Whitney

Q: For the holiday, what have been the best appearances of the founding fathers in comics? -- @rj_white

A. There is one story of the dawn of American Independence that comes to mind: The time that Herbie Popnecker teamed up with George Washington's sentient teeth and started up the Revolutionary War.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Happy Thanksgiving From Herbie Popnecker (1966)


Unlike Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving is a holiday that just doesn't have a whole lot of comics built around it. You'd think it'd be a natural setting for drama -- the Punisher attempting to murder a turkey even though it received a presidential pardon is a tale I've been wanting to tell for years -- but for some reason, nobody seems to get up to a whole lot of hijinx...

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