35 Years Ago Today

FanGraphix #3
The first comic book appearance of Ralph Snart (as Ralph Snarf) in FanGraphix #3 published by Tony Caputo Publishing in December, 1985. This issue of the anthology series mostly featured the work of Tony Caputo and Allen Curtis, but also, had the two-page origin of Ralph Snart. By the time this had released, NOW Comics was already in the works, and I was drawing the very first issue of RSA (Vol 1 #1).
Detail from Ralph Snart Origin 1985
Ralph contemplates his miserable life.
Marc Hansen 1986
Marc Hansen at the 1986 Chicago Comicon
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Marc Hansen
Marc Hansen
Cartoonist and creator of Ralph Snart Adventures, Weird Melvin and Doctor Gorpon. Hansen has done most of his work for NOW Comics, but has also done work for Marvel, Disney and Kitchen Sink Press.

Ralph Snart Adventures was published from 1986-1993 by now defunct NOW Comics, and was the longest running comic in the entire NOW catalog, selling an average of 50,000 copies a month during that nine year period. Over two million comics were published, and it was the first indy comic to receive the Comics Code.

Today, Marc Hansen publishes Ralph Snart Adventures as an ebook on a sporadic basis. Current issues are available on his webstore. Keep up with Ralph Snart on Twitter and Facebook.