Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Avengers in The New Yorker

This drawing by Kristian Hammerstad accompanied The New Yorker's review of Avengers: Infinity War. I like it quite a bit and thought you may not have seen it so here you have it!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

My Favorite Action Comics Cover

Action Comics #1000 is now upon us. How about that!

Some news outlets have been been running feature articles on which covers are the best that the series has ever featured. The New York Times, for example, devoted a full page to the endeavor this week. And on the 13th Dimension comics blog, Superman writer/artist Dan Jurgens told what his favorite Action Comics covers have been. Mr. Jurgens' top choice was Action Comics #1 and his first runner up was issue 419's cover, as shown above. I was very pleased to see #419 on the gentleman's list, especially so prominently, because that is my very own favorite Action Comics cover of all time.

Why, you ask?

Because I owned it for twenty years!

The original artwork pencilled by Neal Adams and Inked by Murphy Anderson is shown below. Iconic and fabulous. It was my great pleasure to own that page from the mid-1980s until 2006. It was purchased from me by a gent who wrote a half-dozen episodes of Seinfeld and you can read about the artwork's current status and whereabouts over here.

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.