Thursday, January 19, 2017

Maybe Alex Toth?

Above is the inside back cover from the 1950 DC release of Girls' Love Stories #4. I feel the page is a masterpiece of beautiful artwork, including those fabulous gray-tones (possibly realized using craftint paper). The impeccable lettering is pretty clearly the handiwork of the great Ben Oda but The Grand Comics Database has no clue as to the artist of the piece. My guess would be Alex Toth (who also drew one of the stories in that issue). Just beautiful!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chicano Batman

Comics scholars among you will assume from the title of this article that a treatise will be presented having to do with "Ride, Bat-Hombre, Ride!" from Batman #56. The cover of that 1950 issue is displayed above, as drawn by Dick Sprang (and of course I never tire of repeating that I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Mr. Sprang back in about 1990).

But in fact The Bat-Hombre is not the matter for today!

Rather, I just learned (and I wanted to make sure you knew also) that Chicano Batman is the name of a current musical group whose genre of music is described as soul/tropical/psychedelic. You can investigate one of their best-known songs over here.

The hayfamzone is all about the sharing of information!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

No, This is Not a Photo of Me

Fun vintage photo, right? Let's do a little detective work to pinpoint its date of origin.

Do you see Matt Slade second from the top of that row of the comics spinner rack facing the camera? Matt Slade, Gunfighter was an Atlas Comics series that lasted for exactly four issues in 1956. Exactly two of those four issues featured light-colored backgrounds, and exactly one of those two had its Comics Code Authority seal covering up a portion of the top two prongs of the E in the logo's "Slade." Voila! That means the photo features Matt Slade, Gunfighter #1 with a cover date of May 1956.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

NOT Stan Lee on Jeopardy!

Stan Lee and Spider-Woman
Jeopardy had a fun category the other day. The column heading was "No Stan Lee Cameo" and the contestants had to come up with the names of movies that sound like they were based on a Marvel Comics property but in fact were entirely unrelated to comics. One of the five clues remained unchosen as the round ended but the films that did get named during the play of the game were Kiss of the Spider-Woman, Red Dawn (because there are Wolverines in it), Nightcrawler, and Fury. Nice gimmick, Alex Trebek!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Powerless by Neal Adams

The new NBC comedy Powerless debuts in February and features some characters from DC Comics. That we knew already but did you realize that there is a promotional poster for the show drawn by Neal Adams? I saw the artwork for the first time yesterday and thought you might like to see it also.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Donald Trump and Supergirl

Over the weekend Donald Trump attended a "Heroes and Villains"-themed party and was pleased to meet Supergirl there. I once attended an Artists Party and felt very fortunate to be included as part of the group and I'm certain President-elect Trump felt the same way about attending a costumed heroes party. When asked by reporters what hero he was dressed as, Mr. Trump reportedly replied "Myself."

So do you suppose what you've just read is Real News or Fake News? (The Fake News has been taking quite a hit in the media lately, but this Hayfamzone Blog article is Entirely True to the best of my knowledge!)

Saturday, December 03, 2016

The Triumphant Return of Direct Currents

This article is coming soon!