Sunday, November 29, 2020

Buck Rogers by Frank Frazetta



Famous Funnies #215 was published in 1955. The cover featuring Buck Rogers was drawn by Frank Frazetta, and the printed version of the beautiful artwork appears above.

And here is a look at the original artwork (not in my personal collection, but thank you for asking!).

At some point after the publication of the comic book, Mr. Frazetta appears to have returned to the artwork and watercolored it himself, to stunning effect!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Batgirl as You Never Saw Her Before


The other day I saw the above unusual drawing of Batgirl and I knew I wanted to show it around. The original drawing sold on ebay for quite a bit (and the buyer got an excellent deal).

 I wrote to the artist asking him to tell me a little about himself so I could share that also. I had assumed he was a fan artist like me and so many others, but no! He is a professional with a full resume.

Mike Maihack is the artist. Mike usually draws digitally but, for the fun of it, he drew Batgirl and Supergirl on paper every day of October 2020. The above Batgirl piece is one of those October drawings.

Mike is a big fan of Barbara and Kara and he describes his drawings of them as fan art. But professionally he draws his Cleopatra in Space for Scholastic, and

she has even been developed as an animated series. How about that!

You can check over here on ebay if Mike posts an auction for any more of his artwork in the future, but in the meantime how about one more LARGER look at his Batgirl!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

A Free Comic Book for You!

Yes, a free comic book! Plus a free t-shirt! Free sticker and pin and tote bag! All free!

 As the cover above indicates, the comic book is by well-known creators Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore.

The only downside is limited quantities and the giver-outers of the kit may run out of their supply soon. 

The good news is I received mine without paying a single cent and without giving any credit card information. I typed in my address and the box arrived two weeks later.

The order form is over here.

Be sure to tell those giver-outers that the hayfamzone sent you, and enjoy!

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Phil Kelsey Drew Space Ranger


Do you remember Phil Kelsey? What! You never heard of him? 

Okay, I know what you mean. The name Phil Kelsey is not a household word even in comics-friendly households. He was a comic book artist in the 1960s. But not for very long at all!

Phil Kelsey drew exactly ten Space Ranger stories for DC Comics in the early 1960s. Five of these stories were printed in Tales of the Unexpected #78 through #82, beginning in 1963, and then the other five were printed in Mystery in Space #92 through #95, ending in 1964. Phil Kelsey never drew another comic book story after that. (I am showing the Space Ranger story from Unexpected #80 in the photos on this page.)

I located one mention of Phil Kelsey on the internet that indicates that the gentleman worked in advertising art before his stint in comics, but that one tidbit is the one and only piece of information I could find.

I did find reference to an artist named Phil Kelsey Jr. who I'm thinking might very well be the son of the artist who drew Space Ranger. I am sending a message to Phil Kelsey Jr. and I will post an update if I find out more.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Werewolf versus Werewolf


Up above is a werewolf I drew back in the early 1980s and down below is a werewolf that Arthur Adams drew in 2005. Take a second and think about which drawing you like better. Don't worry, it won't hurt my feelings! I like his very much also.

I'll tell you somebody who like my drawing pretty well though was Robert Kanigher (it's his werewolf after all; that character was one of The Creature Commandos who headlined the final issues of Weird War Tales). I sent a copy of it to him at DC Comics and Mr. Kanigher liked it so much that he printed the entire drawing on the letters page of 1984's Sgt. Rock #397 and it took up almost the full page. How about that! (Oh, and that's Bob Kanigher himself inside the rocketship.)

Friday, October 23, 2020

Moebius and Coffee


In 1989,

the great Moebius (a.k.a. Jean Giraud)

drew magazine advertisements

for Maxwell House coffee.

Nice, aren't they?

Friday, October 16, 2020

Steve Ditko's Mr. A


 Mr. A is hard to read and it's hard to like. Serious business. Not fun. Remember the thirstiest day of your life, and then think about putting a handful of sand in your mouth.

Steve Ditko's magnum opus was called Mr. A. He first wrote and drew it for Wally Wood's Witzend #3 in 1967 and he kept taking it off the shelf every once and a while up through 2008. A 41-year commitment to his creation.

"Fools will tell you that there can be no honest person!"

A 9-minute video on youtube tells the history of Mr. A and we have it for you right down here: