Thursday, September 24, 2020

Three-Dimensional Mutt & Jeff

Mutt & Jeff comics are kind of fun (although personally I find it funnier when the characters were re-imagined as funny animals in The Fox and the Crow).

But have you ever seen any Mutt & Jeff statues? It turns out there have been many over the decades. The above pair are from 1911 and are described as "chalkware," which apparently is on the order of porcelain.

Down here is a one-piece cast-iron version from 1912, but the facial likenesses are more iffy than the very good likenesses on the chalkware.

These statues can be found on ebay once in a while if you're diligent!

This week I'm auctioning off a 1954 issue of Mutt & Jeff and it can be yours even if you're not all that diligent (all you have to do is click on the "it" and place a bid)!

P.S. Maybe you'd like another look at my classic Mutton Jeff comic strip? Keep in mind that my artwork is merely two-dimensional but it's flatly ready for you over here.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

The Batmobile on Irving Park Road

Everybody remembers Adam West and Burt Ward starring as Batman and Robin in the 1960s Batman television show. Fun series! It was so popular that at one point it was airing two evenings per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hold on as we fast forward a few decades and transition to the next paragraph.

On a recent afternoon as I was exiting the doorway Rudy's Bicycle Shop I was quite startled to watch as the Batmobile drove right past me and kept going down Irving Park Road. Yes, I said The Batmobile!

Lickety split I hopped into the hayfamobile and made chase. It wasn't particularly difficult to catch up to them because Irving Park Road is not exactly the autobahn.

I was able to snap a couple of photos from different angles.

When they stopped at a red light, we filmed a short video of a chat with the mysterious passengers.

The stoplight turned green and the duo went off to fight some crime.

Jack Kirby Painting-Collage


 Grandson Jeremy Kirby describes this piece of artwork in the following way:

"50% drawing, 50% collage, 100% Jack Kirby awesome!"

He is so right.


Friday, September 11, 2020

The Alex Ross Broken Mirror of Superman

I thought it was an interesting near-coincidence in the 1970s that the new actor playing Superman was named Christopher Reeve (without an s) and the actor from the 1950s television show was named George Reeves (with an s).

Apparently Alex Ross was also struck by the dichotomy between the two Superman actors because his painting shown here capitalizes on it excellently.

Very nice!

Cracker Jack Prizes of 1955 Revealed at Last!

I stopped eating popcorn about 10 or 20 years ago when I broke a tooth on an unpopped kernel, but I do still think about popcorn quite often.

I used to eat Cracker Jack and unwrap the prize to see what trinket I had been awarded. Did you ever wonder what all the possible Cracker Jack prizes were? The world of comics might have the answer you've been looking for!

Up top is the cover of a 1955 comic published by Archie in 1957. Of great interest will be the back cover of that comic, shown below. That's right! The advertisement is showing the variety of Cracker Jack prizes available that year.

Now you know!

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Watchmen by Kevin Maguire

Justice League #1 was released by DC Comics in 1987. Maybe an overly-silly take on the JLA corner of the DC universe, but it was a fun comic and I definitely liked the Kevn Maguire artwork. Take notice of the cover layout of the camera looking slightly downward on the group of shoulder-to-shoulder heroes. I liked that too!

Well, Mr. Maguire and other artists got quite a bit of mileage out of that cover design, applying it to a number of other covers through the years.


And now, in 2020, Mr. Maguire has posed the characters from Watchmen in that familiar design. 
If you're not saying it then I will: I like it! 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Jack Kirby Day 2020!

Eight years ago I told you I had bought some Simon & Kirby letterhead paper.

In all these ensuing years I have never used a single sheet of that pad.

But the time has come!

Jack Kirby, my favorite comic book artist of all time, was born on 28 August 1917.

That's right!

Today is Jack Kirby Day!

Hooray for Jack Kirby!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Fantastic Four! Different yes, but Better?

It was just a few weeks ago that in this blog post that I shared the image of Jack Kirby's original artwork to the cover of 1968's Fantastic Four #77 and also the beautifully-colored printed version that I can't resist sharing again up above.

Of course Marvel's Greatest Comics was the series that, through the 1970s, reprinted consecutive 1960s Fantastic Four issues with their original covers. When M.G.C. got around to reprinting FF #77, the cover colorist went his/her own way and broke ranks with the original colorist's bold scheme (see below).
Different fans may have differing viewpoints, of course, but I definitely prefer an all-red, blood-red Psycho-Man!

Friday, August 21, 2020

Behold...Galactus is Really KING-Sized!

Behold... Galactus is a huge book! And heavy! Such an appropriate format for Jack Kirby artwork! For comparison's sake I show a regular FF comic side-by-side with BG up above.

The 232 pages of the book present 6 Kirby issues and 3 John Buscema issues and 3 John Byrne issues

The pages are thick, coated stock and the colors are appropriately bright. If you've been looking for a way to celebrate Jack Kirby's birthday next week, giving yourself one of these beauties might just be the ticket.