Friday, June 05, 2020

Pokemon by Mike Mignola

Mike Mignola of course is best known for drawing superhero comics like Gotham by Gaslight and Cosmic Odyssey and his own character Hellboy.

But a charity auction ended this week and featured a drawing of Pikachu and Squirtle and Bulbasaur as depicted in full color by Mr. Mignola.

This was a charity auction and 100% of the $11,100 selling price will go to the World Central Kitchen. Bravo!

Monday, June 01, 2020

Len Wein Drew Comic Books

Of course Len Wein is mainly known for his decades of service as a writer of comic books. Oh, how I looked forward to each issue of his Swamp Thing back in the 1970s! The gentleman also put in a good amount of time as an editor of comics (maybe a little something called Watchmen might ring a bell?).

But how many of you knew that Mr. Wein also drew comic books? Just as I thought, very few hands went up. But it's true!

One of the just two comics stories that the gentleman drew was a 4-pager entitled "Walk the Plank" that appeared in Grimm's Ghost Stories #9 from Gold Key in 1973.  (The Grand Comics Database originally mis-credited Rich Buckler and Dan Green as the ones who drew the story!)

I like the artwork quite a bit and I hope you do also:

Saturday, May 23, 2020

What Are Comic Books?



Saturday, May 16, 2020

I Remember Tex Blaisdell

Full article coming later today!

Nonagenarians of Comics

Artist John Romita was born in 1930.

Artist Luis Dominguez was born in 1923.

Inker Joe Sinnott was born in 1926.

Artist Al Jaffee was born in 1921.

Colorist Tatjana Wood was born in 1926.

Artist Tom Scheuer was born in 1930.

The nonagenarians of comics! Have I missed anyone?

Brilliant Coloring Choice for The FF

Above is the Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott original artwork to the cover of 1968's Fantastic Four #77. (No, I do not own the artwork but I wish I did.)

The page is quite a bit busier than a Kirby cover usually is. My first reaction when looking at the black-and-white art might be to feel a twinge of a headache. There is so much going on there!

Imagine that you are the colorist confronted with adding hues to this artwork. How would you approach the task?

Well, Stan Goldberg is the gentleman credited with coloring the cover. My ten-gallon hat is off to that gentleman because he tamed the wild bull, as you can see from the printed cover below. What an ingenious decision! Hooray for Stan Goldberg!

Saturday, May 09, 2020

The Bellies of Basil Wolverton

I first learned of the genius of Basil Wolverton when I saw the 1973 cover to DC's Plop #1 and I have enjoyed the gentleman's quirky artwork increasingly more over the past five decades. One of his cleverest pieces appeared in 1958's Mad #40 and you may never have seen the artwork unless you own that issue. But the hayfamzone exists to spread the word!

The premise of this two-page feature is that you can identify a person merely by examining his or her disembodied stomach. Seriously. Could anyone have come up with this high concept other than Basil Wolverton? Could anyone else have executed it as flawlessly? Basil Wolverton!

Atlas Comics in Chicago

Atlas Comics has been my weekly-go-to comic book store for many years now. Owner John Stangeland is always ready to take a stab at answering a trivia question or asking one of his own and it's fun to visit his very organized, very clean shop on Harlem Avenue.

His storefront has been closed now for a number of weeks because of the pandemic but he is open for business online if you'd like to find out what Atlas Comics is all about in a virtual way. John has a regular presence on ebay over here and, for those local to Chicago, he is offering a crowdfunding deal with excellent perks that you can read about over here.

Hooray for Atlas Comics!

Friday, May 01, 2020

Mystery Artist Revealed!

Comic Book the Movie was released in 2004. Conceived of and directed by Mark Hamill, the scripted film featured cameos by Stan Lee and Kevin Smith and Bruce Timm and many others from the comics world.

Very interesting to me was the poster for the movie. Take a look at it up above. On-target caricatures of Mr. Hamill and Mr. Lee, right? I was impressed by the artwork and could not figure out who drew it. There is no signature on the poster and no matter what source I investigated, the identity of the artist remained hidden from me. Wikipedia? Nothing. Imdb? No dice. How do I always manage to get sucked into black holes of unanswerable questions?

But it turns out this question does have an answer. I expressed my exasperation to loyal hayfamzonder Joe Lenius and then that gentleman took up the torch on the quest for that knowledge. He was relentless and left no stone unturned in his search! There were wrong guesses by some along the way, like Todd Nauck and Terry Austin and European Artist, but Joe kept on charging through facebook until he got the answer from the artist himself! From the artist who had done "All of it. pencils, inks, colors!" and that artist is...

Dan Panosian!

The movie poster is a great piece of artwork and I just wish Mr. Panosian could get the credit he deserves for it. So I wrote this article!

Unpublished Kobra by Jack Kirby

Fabulous, isn't it? The above 1975 drawing of Kobra by Jack Kirby was never published in a comic and I don't recall ever seeing it in the fan press.

The original artwork is up for auction this week on ComicConnect and I'm here to help more Kirby fans get their eyes on it.


Friday, April 24, 2020

On This Day in Jack Kirby History

The above Jack Kirby character faces were drawn on eggs recently by Kirby fan John Holbo. How do I know this? Twitter told me so! If you follow @jackkirbymuseum like I do then you receive fun images like that from time to time, plus they've started a new recurring feature:

On This Day in Jack Kirby History

That's what I refer to it as anyway. Here are some recent entries in the series:

And while you're over on twitter you'll probably also want to follow The Hayfamzone Blog. I always tweet out when I have posted a new article and that way you would be the first on your block to know! It's right over at @hayfamzone