Bhob Stewart (November 12, 1937 – February 24, 2014) was an American writer, editor, cartoonist and filmmaker who contributed to a variety of publications over a span of five decades. His articles and reviews have appeared in TV Guide, Publishers Weekly and other publications, along with online contributions to Allmovie, the Collecting Channel and other sites. In 1980, he became the regular film columnist for Heavy Metal.
Stewart got his start publishing one of the earliest comics fanzines. He published The EC Fan Bulletin, the first EC fanzine in 1953; co-edited the Hugo Award-winning science fiction fanzine Xero (1960–1963), and is credited with coining the term "underground comics" during a panel discussion at a comics convention in 1966. In 1968, he teamed with EC Comics publisher Bill Gaines to choose stories for The EC Horror Library of the 1950s (Nostalgia Press, 1971).
After 35 years of living with emphysema, Stewart died on February 24, 2014 in Plymouth, MA.
In May 1969, he curated the first exhibition of comic book art by a major American museum. This was the "Phonus Balonus Show" at the Corcoran in Washington, D.C., supervised by museum director Walter Hopps.
Stewart scripted for animation (Kissyfur) and created the short film, The Year the Universe Lost the Pennant (1961). He edited and designed magazines (Castle of Frankenstein, Flashback), wrote comics for several publishers (Byron Preiss, Marvel, Warren, Charlton, Heavy Metal) and contributed to Jay Lynch's Roxy Funnies (1972). He collaborated with Larry Hama on pages for Gothic Blimp Works, the underground comix tabloid published by the East Village Other, and succeeded Vaughn Bodé as editor, later teaming with Kim Deitch as co-editor of the tabloid.
At the School of Visual Arts, he taught several classes in comics. His readings of fantasy stories aired on Pacifica Radio's Midnight Chimes, and he has contributed to numerous newspapers (The Real Paper), magazines (The Realist, Galaxy Science Fiction) and books (Bare Bones).
With Calvin Beck, he co-authored Scream Queens (Macmillan, 1978). Time columnist Richard Corliss noted that "Bhob Stewart's handsome, comprehensive Against the Grain: Mad Artist Wallace Wood" (TwoMorrows, 2003) is a "gorgeous book on Wally Wood's art." Stewart worked with Wood for a period starting in the late 1960s. In addition to the many illustrations, this biographical anthology features a selection of articles by artists once associated with Wood's studio. Stewart's biography of Wood can also be read at his blog, Potrzebie, where it is formatted with a different selection of Wood's artwork.
He worked closely with Mad's cartoonists while editing the Mad Style Guide (1994) and Gibson's line of Mad greeting cards (1995).
- "Comics into Comix", 2009.
- Richard, Paul. "Corcoran Exhibit Draws X Rating", The Washington Post, May 21, 1969.
- Dooley, Michael. Broken Frontier
- Corliss, Richard. Time: "That Old Feeling: Hail, Harvey!"
- Stewart's blog, Potrzebie: Masquerade of the Albino Axolotls
- Who's Who of American Comic Books: 1928-1999