Art: Strippers

"The very last outpost of fine, imaginative illustration in America is the comic strip. That's where all the great illustrators are."

The man who said that spoke from a natural bias. Nobody could accuse Al (Li'l Abner) Capp of disloyalty to his profession. Was there a shred of truth in his assertion? To prove that there might be, 100 topflight cartoonists were exhibiting their best work in Manhattan last week.

What the show did prove was that a cartoonist's best strips are apt to look much like his worst. Not one panel had the uniqueness that...

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