Friday, April 16, 2021

My New Batmobile


Loo at what I purchased at a comic store last week! This beautiful Batmobile is made of metal and it's very heavy. It has four strong magnets on its underside so I keep it affixed on the side of my refrigerator.

Officially it's a bottle opener but I do not use it for that purpose.

You can find the Batman logo if you look on the underside.

You might be able to find one for yourself on eBay if you look over here.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Krypto by Bernie Wrightson


I stumbled across this image and it's too nice not to share!

We all know how great Bernie Wrightson's Swamp Thing always is, but he also draws a great Krypto!

They keep publishing more issues of Batman Black and White, but most of the artists represented in that comic don't get it. Many of the stories included in that series feature artwork that is CRYING OUT for color, defeating the point of printing the artwork in black and white.

The drawing below, on the other hand, is beautiful as is, no color needed.


Monday, March 29, 2021

Ragman Logo Sold!


The original hand-drawn 1991 Ragman title logo sold at auction last week! How much do you think it sold for?

I've been collecting original artwork for almost 50 years but I never saw a logo original for sale before. Maybe I wasn't paying attention? 

When Ragman appeared in his first series back in 1976, that comic's logo was a team design by artist/editor Joe Kubert and letterer Gaspar Saladino and Production Manager Jack Adler (and you can read all about the history of that logo on Todd Klein's blog over here). This 1991 version of the logo retained the same outline by Gaspar but with a hand-drawn rather than photographic in-fill.

The original of this 1991 re-design sold last week for almost $300. We're not talking about non-fungible tokens here; we're talking about pen-on-board. How about that!

Friday, March 26, 2021

1992 Photo of Steve Ditko


Throughout his long career, artist Steve Ditko dodged cameras and preferred to let his work be his face. The co-creator of Spider-Man! The co-creator of Doctor Strange! The creator of The Creeper! Of course everybody was curious what the gentleman looked like!

Yes, there were one or two photos that leaked out in the 1960s, but Mr. D did an exceptional job of keeping the lid on. But now a previously unseen photo has come out.

Nephew Mark Ditko has posted a 1992 photo of himself and his famous uncle. What a wonderful picture! From today forward, this is what what I will call up as my mental image of Steve Ditko. Here it is for your enjoyment also. Hooray for Steve Ditko!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Jack Kirby's Leila Taylor


In 1987, Greg Theakston and his Pure Imagination published Jack Kirby's Heroes and Villains, a hardcover printing of 125 character drawings in pencil (one per page) by Mr. Kirby. Yes, I bought a copy.

In 1994, Greg Theakston returned to the well and published Jack Kirby's Heroes and Villains, Black Magic Edition. This time, the same drawings were inked by a wide variety of industry professionals. Yes, I bought a copy.

As Jack Kirby original artwork became pricier I looked for ways to buy artwork that was "almost" by Mr. Kirby. The artists who inked a page in the Black Magic Edition did not have access to the Jack Kirby original page so they light boxed their artwork. 

Do you remember of Sam (The Falcon) Wilson's girlfriend in the Captain America comics? Her name was Leila Taylor.

And now, from my personal artwork collection, here is Leila Taylor with layouts by Jack Kirby, pencils and inks by Andy Smith:

Friday, March 12, 2021

Who Drew the Most Comics?


Have you ever given a thought to what artist drew the most pages in the annals of comic book history? It would be somebody with a long career in comics, of course, but who?

Jack Kirby would be an excellent guess, and so would John Buscema and so would Carl Barks, and many others also. But in fact the honor of most-pages-drawn belongs to Mr. Curt Swan! The gentleman drew Boy Commandos stories in the 1940s, he drew war stories and crime stories in the early 1950s, and then from the mid-1950s through the mid-1980s he drew Superman and Jimmy Olsen stories every single month. Those pages add up!

By the way, this coronation of Curt Swan is not based on a feeling or a guess (or a dream or a hoax or an imaginary story), it is the factual result of a database search. Here, I'll show you the top twenty artists based on the search results. (And thanks to comics fan Glenn Miller for initiating this search.)

Okay, so I'm a softie. I'll show you the next artists in the list also...

I can tell you from personal experience that Curt Swan was not only prolific but also he was a very kind man. I wrote him a fan letter in 1977 and he took time away from his drawing board to write me a personal reply. I'm going to rummage through the ruins of Pompeii around here and find that note and then I will post it for the world to see. Hooray for Curt Swan!

Friday, March 05, 2021

Marvel Comics at the Museum


The Museum of Science and Industry is located in Chicago and it first opened in 1933. It's huge and it's fun. I visited there when I was a kid and many times since. Everybody in Chicago goes there sometime!


The museum has been closed for months because of you-know-what, but it re-opened this week. To entice the public back in through its doors, the MSI is featuring a Marvel Comics Museum Show that runs from now through October. 


Attendees can pose with life-size Marvel hero statues. A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 is on display. Some original artwork from Marvel Comics is there to view. This event is like a comic book convention in many ways except that there are no comics for sale.

Chicago is the fourth stop for this Marvel Museum Show and I have no doubt that this MSI incarnation will blow the attendance records from the last three stops out of the water! A nice 40-second video overview of the Museum Show can be viewed over here. Feel free to post a comment here on The Hayfamzone Blog to tell us how you like it if you attend the Show!