Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Superman Hood Ornament

Did you ever see the Superman car hood ornament? Every day I find something on this internet whose existence I had previously not known about!

These beautiful car/bike decorations were manufactured in the 1940s and I saw one pop up on ebay recently. Here is an article with a little more information and a few more photos.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Human Torch Restaurant

I am very partial to the fire-grilled chicken at Fogo's Peri Peri in Skokie, Illinois (and their cole slaw is top-flight also). But there's more to the story than that. If you take a closer look at their signage,

you'll realize that the owners must be comic book fans.
Just like you and me!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Fall of Mark Waid

No, Mark Waid did not lose this year's Fans Versus Pro Mr. Silver Age Trivia Contest (although the proceedings did end with the scores a bit closer than usual).

No, Mark Waid's fall on that fateful Sunday was a far more literal one. At the end of last week's C2E2 Contest panel, Mr. W jutted up his arms in jubilation at his win (much like he did in the above photo from the Contest of a year or two back) and his chair tipped right off the edge of the dais! Toppling to the floor, his eyeglasses went flying. A long hushed silence hung over the room as we saw no movement. There was a moment of simultaneous relief and dread as the encyclopedic icon of comics bellowed "I'm not okay!" It's still unclear to me if the gentleman misspoke or was joking, but seconds later came a retraction as he uttered "I'm okay, I'm okay." Fans rushed over to help him and everything turned out fine.

Craig "Mr. Silver Age" Schutt noted that this year's Trivia Contest was the twentieth annual match-up! I have attended them all and I wonder how many old-timers besides me remember that in the early days there used to be a panel of Pros facing off against the panels of Fans? It became clear before long that anyone else on the Waid team proved to be woefully extraneous.

One member of the Fans team is a journalist who wrote this newspaper article about last week's festivities. Included are a number of the actual questions that were asked this year so you can put yourself to the test!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The International School of Comics

Who knew? They didn't even tell me!

The International School of Comics has opened in Chicago. Artists like Tom Gianni and Jill Thompson are involved and the school's curriculum seems to be organized very much like that of The Joe Kubert School that has been thriving for three decades-plus over in New Jersey.

The new school's website is right here, and over here is video of the news feature from Chicago public television that informed me of the school's existence.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kiesza as Wonder Woman

I had not previously heard of the Canadian singer named Kiesza but, when I saw in today's newspaper a photo of the chanteuse performing on stage in what I would have to call a Wonder Woman outfit, I knew I had to tell you about her.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Career of Jack Kirby, One Month at a Time

As I write this, one of my auctions on ebay is for 1948's Detective Comics #136. I always look up details on The Grand Comic Database to include in my item description, and that site indicated that the Batman story in that issue was by the great Dick Sprang and that the Boy Commandos story was by Jack Kirby. Hm.

As I looked at the panels of the Boy Commandos, I was doubtful. A hand here, a face there, the artwork just didn't shout "Jack Kirby" to me. Both Curt Swan and Louis Cazaneuve drew many stories in a Kirby style and I felt this story may have been by one of them. I have found errors previously in the GCD (and corrected them), and I wrote this off as another one of those mistakes.

But the matter kept nagging at me and I felt the need to dig deeper and double-check. I remembered that a few years back I had stumbled across a website that listed what comic books featured Jack Kirby artwork for every single month of the gentleman's career. I had tried and failed to relocate that website over the years, but I'm pleased to say I had no difficulty whatsoever pinpointing it this time.

Jack Kirby - A By-the-Month Chronology is the name of the website. Click right here, and if you scroll down to 1948 you see that Detective Comics #136 is listed. Jack Kirby did indeed draw the 12-page "Tale of Two Brooklyns." But let's look at what other information is provided, and this is what makes the Chronology so much fun for me. Mr. Kirby drew a total of 39 pages that month; the cover of Charlie Chan #1 that I show above and the cover and stories for Headline Comics #30 are listed.

What a wonderful resource Jack Kirby - A By-the-Month Chronology is! I will study it and enjoy it and refer to it over and over again in the future.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Superhero Fight Club

Arrow and The Flash on the CW Network are must-watches every week, but are you also enjoying the new iZombie series? It's another good show that I'll say more about another day, but it was during a recent episode of iZombie that the above three-minute treat from the CW debuted. It's a fun bit of fluff apparently intended to try to entice iZombie viewers not to miss out on the network's superhero shows. I hope you like the video as much as I do!