Wednesday, July 30, 2014

King Kirby Ale

King Kirby Ale debuts on 28 August 2014!

This event is being held at Shmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, New York in honor of Jack Kirby's birthday. At the time of this writing there are 100 tickets to the birthday party available (with proceeds going to The Hero Initiative), and you cam get more details and purchase tickets over here.

Happy birthday next month to Jack Kirby!

Mutts 2014 (Part 2 of 2)

Last week Patrick McDonnell focused his Mutts newspaper strip on DC and Marvel superheroes, coinciding with the annual convening of the San Diego Comicon. Above are the second half of this year's wonderful crop (and the other day I showed you the first half over here).

Mr. McDonnell capped off the week with the above Sunday strip as a fun homage to a classic Jack Kirby cover. Nice job!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jack Kirby Forever!

Above is a fine tribute drawn by Jarvinen Moore and printed in The Comics Buyer's Guide in 1994 as a tribute to Jack Kirby. Isn't it beautiful!?

The original artwork was up for auction on ebay last week and, although I bid mightily, someone else wanted the page even just a little bit more than I did. Still I thought I would take this opportunity to display the great drawing, and here we are.

Like the caption says, King Kirby Forever!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Supermen of 1988

Jerry Ordway posted this Ithacon 1988 photo tonight and I can't stop looking at it.

In the front row are Curt Swan, Mike Carlin, Roger Stern, and Julius Schwartz. In the back row are Jerry Ordway, Denny O'Neil, John Byrne, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Murphy Anderson.

Superhero Hydrants

Aw yeah, hydrants! Skokie, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago that now has fire hydrants decoratively painted as superheroes. Click here to read the Chicago Tribune article by Lauren DeSalvo and you'll also get to see twelve more hydrants that I haven't shown here!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ghostbusters Debuted at ACG?

In 1967 the gates of iconic Chicago amusement park Riverview closed forever, and in 1967 the last titles of the American Comics Group appeared on newsstands; Riverview had been thrilling roller coaster riders since 1904 and ACG had been entertaining comic book readers since 1943. I did get to visit Riverview a few times but I never once bought an ACG comic off the stands. (I went on, however, to purchase a sizable number of issues of Forbidden Worlds and Adventures into the Unknown from back issue bins, drawn to the titles by the fact that their stable of artistic talent included Kurt Schaffenberger and Steve Ditko.)

Last weekend the Hope X convention for computer hackers convened in New York City, and one of the speakers was Edward Snowden (although Mr. Snowden did not appear in person, of course). Bill Degnan was another of the speakers and Mr. Degnan projected slides of an ACG cover and splash page, as shown above and below (from February 1964's Adventures into the Unknown #146; a clearer view of the cover is available over here).

Mr. Degnan is a professor of computer history and runs the site . The gentleman spoke at Hope X about some of the historical items he is currently investigating. He opened up with how the calculator industry became the computer industry, and then his focus shifted to the comic book shown above. "The Ghost-Killer Who Vanished" was written by ACG editor Richard E. Hughes (as "Kurato Osaki," just one of that gentleman's eleven (!) pseudonyms) and drawn by Chic Stone (who was making a name for himself as a great inker for some Jack Kirby stories at Marvel around this same time). The Ghost-Killer story featured a company that was ridiculed for hunting ghosts and it featured ectoplasm/slime and it featured a vintage Cadillac hearse/ambulance. The milieu sounds a bit familiar, doesn't it? That's correct,  Mr. Degnan has traced the origins of 1984's blockbuster film Ghostbusters to this unassuming little comic book story. Writer and star Dan Aykroyd is credited with "coming up with" the story for Ghostbusters in spite of the fact that the gist of his story had been published in this ACG comic book twenty years prior.

You never can tell what you'll uncover when you start looking into the history of things around you. Ups, downs, ins, outs. Research can be every bit as thrilling as a ride on The Bobs. At Riverview!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Steve Ditko's Batman Will Not Shut Up

Kind of funny to see such a talkative Batman, isn't it?

I've stumbled upon a boatload of comics-related gifs at, some of which I had not seen before and one of which was created by Jeanette right here in the hayfamzone! Feel free to investigate for yourself over here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jack Kirby's Darkseid by Jim Rugg

Jim Rugg drew this great Darkseid at the San Diego Comicon today. Pretty nice!

(And remember back here when I showed you a drawing of Wonder Woman by Jack Kirby and Mr. Rugg, the original artwork of which is proudly enshrined in The Hayfamzone Collection.)

Hooray for Jim Rugg!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mutts 2014 (Part 1 of 2)

The other day an article in The New York Times indicated that the sales of both print and digital comics are surging, and yesterday of course was Batman Day. Those are a couple of nice things to happen during the week of the San Diego Comicon.

But my favorite thing during SDCC is Patrick McDonnell shining the spotlight of his Mutts newspaper strip on DC and Marvel superheroes for the week. Here are the first half of this year's wonderful crop: