Friday, March 23, 2018

Francavilla in the NYT

Sometimes work by comic artists
shows up on the pages of  
The New York Times.
Francisco Francavilla has drawn
Batman and  
The Black Panther and  
The Spirit and
Sgt. Rock and
even some Archie and
I wanted to make sure
you didn't miss a
double-page spread
thathe drew for
last weekend's NYT magazine.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jambi and Gambi

The tailor and confidante in the Black Lightning universe is named Peter Gambi (shown below). Involuntarily my mind wanders off to recall the Genie-in-a-Box and confidante in the Pee-Wee Herman universe named Jambi (shown above). Am I the only one that makes connections like this?

Maybe it's slipped some of your minds that a decade and a half before 1977 when Black Lightning was created, Paul Gambi was tailor and confidante at the center of the Flash universe (an early 1960s appearance from Flash comics being shown below). The later creation Peter Gambi was revealed to be the brother of Paul Gambi. Does everybody remember that Flash writer John Broome and editor Julius Schwartz coined the Paul Gambi character name as an homage to real-life Flash fan Paul Gambaccini (who had many, many Letters to the Editor published in Flash comics). It pays off to be a fan!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Meet Shaloman!

Have you heard of Shaloman?

I hadn't until a copy of an issue of the Shaloman comic book popped up on ebay this week. Published since the 1980s? I'm startled that I never crossed paths with this character before!

But most amazing to me is that the creator of Shaloman is now EIGHTY-EIGHT years old! Please do read the story of Mr. Al Wiesner and his creation over here.

Friday, March 02, 2018

The Black Panther and Wauconda

Everybody knows that The Black Panther hails from the country of  Wakanda, right? I have never been there.

But I HAVE been to Wauconda!

Wauconda, Illinois, about forty miles northwest of Chicago, is home to Bangs Lake. As a youth a number of decades ago, I went swimming in that lake.

The success of the Black Panther movie is causing a headache lately for Waucondans. Over-enthused movie fans and/or over-enthused comics fans are roaming the streets of Wauconda looking for vibranium and they are loudly reciting snippets of the movie's dialogue in public places. Here are some articles about this Illinois phenomenon.

Wauconda and Wakanda have different pronunciations but this does not seem to deter the over-enthused. The phrase "Get a life" was coined for exactly this turn of events, don't you think?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Christopher Nolan's EC Film

Christopher Nolan is one of our finest filmmakers and his beautiful-to-watch Dunkirk is like an EC comic book brought to life. Some shots in the movie brought to mind layouts by George Evans and others made me think of the work of Jack Davis and Wally Wood. Whether these comics-reminiscent mises en scene were intentional on Mr. Nolan's part or are hallucinations on my part can't be known at this time, but any fan of the above-mentioned artists should definitely make a point of seeing Dunkirk on the big screen.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Exile is Over!

The chains are broken and The Hayfamzone Blog has returned! The ransom has been paid and the wheels are beginning to turn again. Keep watching this space!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Hayfamzone versus Photobucket

I regret having to report that the previously helpful and cooperative has taken The Hayfamzone Blog hostage. Rest assured that in time I will take the necessary steps to restore earlier posts to their former glory.

One weekend when I was in about 4th grade, William E. Dever School in Chicago was vandalized. On the following Monday morning we students were horrified to walk through the hallways where spray paint and vile grafitti were emblazoned on every wall. I am every bit as disgusted when I see what photobucket has done to my blog posts.

Everything will work out in the end but, in the meantime, new blog posts will be published as text-only pieces with no accompanying images. We can all learn a valuable lesson from photobucket on how NOT to run a business.