Friday, June 23, 2017

Secret Hearts #83 and The Drowning Girl


This week on ebay one of the comic books I'm selling is Secret Hearts #83, a 1962 DC Comics romance book with artwork by John Romita and Mike Sekowsky and Tony Abruzzo. Of course Mr. Romita is known for his legendary run on The Amazing Spider-Man and Mr. Sekowsky was the inaugural artist on The Justice League of America, and Mr. Abruzzo was a mainstay for the romance comics.

As excellent as the work of those artists is, comics with their artwork do not automatically command high prices. So I was startled when the bids for my copy of Secret Hearts 83 were far higher on the first day of the listing than I ever expected the auction to end at on its fifth day. Time for a little research, I said to myself.

My friend google gave up the answer readily.  It turns out that this particular issue is especially collectible because the Tony Abruzzo splash page artwork to "Run for Love" was appropriated by artist Roy Lichtenstein for his 1963 museum piece that he titled "Drowning Girl." 

Of course I'm being polite by writing appropriated instead of stolen. I have dubbed Mr. Lichtenstein The Most Hated Artist Ever for his 'appropriations' from hard-working comic book artists but, if you're reading this the week that I'm writing it you yourself can place a bid for my Secret Hearts #83 with off-white pages right over here.




Friday, May 26, 2017

Mutt & Jeff ? Sheldon Mayer Did It Again !

Mutt & Jeff #1, Summer 1939

I've been known to enjoy a few Mutt & Jeff comics over the years (and those two characters were certainly the inspirations for The Fox and The Crow, one of my favorite comics series of all time!). Mutt & Jeff enjoyed a respectable 20-year run over at DC Comics, with 103 issues published spanning the decades from 1939 to 1958.

But this week I learned some thing about Mutt & Jeff comics that I never knew and never would even have suspected: all 103 of their covers were drawn by the great Sheldon Mayer! Yes! The creator/writer/artist of Sugar & Spike and Scribbly (another couple of my favorites) drew the above cover for the first issue and the below cover of the last issue and also the 101 issues in between! Who knew?

(P.S. After all this talk of Mutt & Jeff you'll certainly want to take another look at my own Mutton Jeff comic strip, which you can do right over here.)

Mutt & Jeff #103, June 1958

Friday, May 19, 2017

Jack Kirby at his Miracle Table


I stumbled across this photo of Mr. Jack Kirby on the internet this week and I'm fairly certain it's new to me. I like it very much. The 100th anniversary of Mr. Kirby's birth is coming this summer, you know. What you don't know is that The King and my mother were both born that same momentous year of 1917. I thought about that connection often as I was devouring the superb Fourth World titles off the newsstands in the early 1970s.

Hooray for Jack Kirby! And my mother!


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The New Ray Bradbury Statue


Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois and that town 55 miles north of Chicago is hoping to erect a statue of the famous writer to honor him. Mr. Bradbury of course has an interesting connection to the comics world, as I first told you over here.

I like the design of the statue and, if you'll pardon my creation of a new adjective, I find it wonderfully Strangeloveian. Of course everyone remembers the Dr. Strangelove scene in which actor Slim Pickens rides the dropped bomb!



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SUPERHERO party at the LIBRARY!


Next week! On March 27 come to the Elmwood Park, Illinois Library
to attend the Superhero Party!

Honoring the upcoming release of the Wonder Woman film!

For details please see www.elmwoodparklibrary.org


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Aw Yeah News Flash!


I've enjoyed the rush of reading the latest news about comic books for many decades now and today I can share a scoop with you!

Aw Yeah Comics, the Skokie Illinois comic book shop owned by comics creators Art Baltazar and Franco among others, is moving two blocks from its current and original location! The new location is said to be larger and have better parking amenities, and the move to 7927 North Lincoln Avenue is scheduled for March 1. I have a subscription file with Aw Yeah and the store called all its subscribers today.

The Hayfamzone Blog has been writing about Aw Yeah Comics since the store opened, and it is a treat for me to be able to share this tidbit of news before the public announcement tomorrow.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Spirit is Visiting Dick Tracy


I was a big fan of Joe Staton's run on Plastic Man in the early 1980s and now, all these years later, we get to see the gentleman's take on Will Eisner's Spirit. Denny Colt and Inspector Dolan have been special guests in Mr. Staton's Dick Tracy newspaper strip for the last few weeks as you can see in these clippings. And the verdict? I like it!