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Robert C. Harvey – RIP

Cartoonist and comics editor Bob Harvey has passed away.

Robert C. (Bob) Harvey (aka RC Harvey)
May 31, 1937 – July 7, 2022

Bob’s friends Tom Tanquary and Carolyn Weller have informed the comics world
that RC Harvey has passed away due to complications following a fall.

From Bob’s Amazon biography:

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1959, Harvey served in the US Navy then taught English in Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in the late 1960s, and for over 25 years he was the convention manager of the National Council of Teachers of English. Harvey is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

Harv regularly attended, and reported on, the NCS and AAEC conventions.

From People Pill:

For 4-5 years in the late 1970s, he freelanced magazine cartoons in his spare time, specializing in girlie cartoons for men’s magazines.

From RC’s auto-profile for The Comics Journal:

Harv’s first foray into expository text was with a column in the fondly recalled Menomonee Falls Gazette (a weekly newspaper of comic strips) in the fall of 1973. A couple years later, he launched his Comicopia column in No.130 of the Rocket’s Blast – ComiCollector, which, by then, had been taken over by James Van Hise from Gordon Love, the founder. For RB-CC, he created a mock comicbook superhero, Zero Hero.

In March 1980, Harvey abandoned early columns and started writing for The Comics Journal, with a new effort, The Reticulated Rainbow, starting in No. 54 and continuing regularly under various titles for an insufferably long time. By the time he was in his eighties, Harv’d become, probably, the Journal contributor with the greatest longevity.

Bob also was a longtime contributor to Jud Hurd’s Cartoonist PROfiles magazine, The Thompson’s Comics Buyer’s Guide, Hogan’s Alley, and Nemo, the Classic Comics Library, among others. He also contributed to the early version of the scholarly comics publication Inks. The RC Harvey archives for The Comics Journal can be accessed here, and his recent Humor Times columns are here.

Back to People Pill:

The 1990s saw publication of Fantagraphics Books’ Cartoons of the Roaring Twenties, collected and edited by Harvey. Harvey was also a contributor to Oxford University Press’ American National Biography. In 1994, Harvey’s The Art of the Funnies was published by the University Press of Mississippi with The Art of the Comic Book following in 1996. He served as an associate editor for the journal Inks: Cartoon and Comic Art Studies, taking responsibility for submissions related to the comic strip. In 1998, Harvey was guest curator for the Children of the Yellow Kid exhibition, for which he also provided the catalog.

Harvey has written or collected and edited thirteen books on comics and cartooning, including his Milton Caniff: Conversations (2002) from the University Press of Mississippi, followed by a full biography of Caniff, Meanwhile… A Biography of Milton Caniff, Creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon (2007) published by Fantagraphics. His most recent book is Insider Histories of Cartooning: Rediscovering Forgotten Famous Comics and Their Creators (2014) from UPM. A complete list of his books appears at his website.

Harv’s magnum opus was that Milton Caniff biography Meanwhile… Fans of Bob’s, of which I count myself, often joked that not even Bob read every word of that 1,000 page tome.

Bob was a well-respected comics historian, chronicler of current comics (comic strips, comic books, editorial cartooning, and magazine cartooning), and human being. The Daily Cartoonist was honored on the rare occasions he would mention this site in his monthly Rants & Raves.

That Rants & Raves news updates and reviews are available at his RCArvey. com site, where his Harvey’s Hindsights looked at the history of comics. Bob celebrated his country’s freedom in July by providing free access to the 23 years of his knowledge and opinion available there.
This year is no exception.

Bob will be sorely missed by his many friends and fans.
At age 85 he was still taken too soon.

Sometimes happy, sometimes blue,
But I’m so glad I ran into you—
Tell the people that you saw me, passin’ through


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