Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jack Kirby's Black Panther


Before today I had never seen the above alternate and unused version of Fantastic Four #52. Very nice! I wonder how many alternate covers like this were drawn by Jack Kirby that I have yet to see. Many, many, I hope. If you'd like to bid on the above specimen, details can be found over here.


Friday, April 01, 2016

Xaime Covers The New Yorker


I have been a fan of Jaime Hernandez's art for thirty-some years now (and you can see some another item I've written about him and his work over here). The new issue of The New Yorker came in the mail the other day and it was great to see that the cover was by this very gentleman! He has drawn some interior spot illustrations for earlier issues but I am just about certain that this marks Jaime's first appearance on the cover. Congrats!

The love came first but now here's the vinegar. What exactly is supposed to be going on in the above very nicely drawn image? A hot dog vending cart is rolling down the aisle in an airplane?  Why? Or is it a commentary on mustard? Or maybe it's merely a fun exercise in surrealism like Luis Bunuel's Mexican Bus Ride in which a jungle sprouts inside a bus filled with commuters? I don't understand it but congrats nonetheless!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Jack Kirby Watercolor


Take a look at this nice watercolor from 1980 by Jack Kirby! (Those craggy gray rocks remind me of the ones on the cover of The Forever People #1 from nine years earlier.) If it's not too late you can own the above original for yourself! You'll know whether it's still available if you check over here.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Batman Superman Jeep


You can now purchase a Jeep Renegade with Superman/Batman trim, tying in with the Dawn of Justice film being released in theaters next week.

Over here you can see more photos and here is the Jeep website. Let me know if you buy one of these bad boys!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Klaus Janson's Nice 1972 Drawing


Back in the day, many artists cut their teeth getting their artwork published in fanzines as a stepping stone to becoming professionals in the field of comics. Klaus Janson is one such artist and above is a sharp drawing of his that was printed as the back cover of 1972's The Spectrum #7.

I look at a fanzine in my collection like this one (which I purchased when it was published 44 years ago) and I wonder how many copies of the zine still exist. 100? 10? 2? 1? I wonder! Anyway, this week I am auctioning off on ebay my copy of this nice item and if you might be interested I encourage you to investigate the auction block over here. The fanzine will be leaving my collection this week, but who will be the lucky bidder?


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Free DC Comic


A convenience store chain named Dollar General is offering a Free DC Comic for a limited time, related to the Superman vs. Batman film that opens in theaters next week.

To get the comic book you have to buy a (small) bag of Doritos chips for the (large) price of $3.50. I did not bite.

Maybe on an upcoming day I'll investigate whether they're even talking about a physical comic book or a virtual one (as if online comics even deserved to be called 'books') and maybe I'll even cough up the $3.50 to make the purchase. But today was not the day.

I pass the information on to you in case you might be interested.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Take Me to my Cave!


That's a bearded Bruce Wayne up above telling (the unseen) Alfred the Butler to "Take me to my cave!"

For about a year now the current DC Comics have had Batman out of costume (and Superman also, for that matter). Heads should probably roll in the DC editorial offices because whichever honcho ordained that the public wanted a non-Batman and a non-Superman for a year could not possibly have been more off-base! Put two of the most internationally recognizable icons in mothballs? Seriously?

Anyway, the long wait is over, and Bruce Wayne will once again be donning his costume in next month's Batman #49. The one panel shown above and the great line in that word balloon almost make up for the many months I've been subsisting with non-Batman.

"Take Me to my Cave" indeed!

artist Greg Capullo's goatee = Bruce Wayne's goatee?