Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Flash Sings?

I read the Birthdays Paragraph in the newspaper every day so I can see who is how old. I was a little surprised yesterday when the Paragraph notified me that "Singer-actor Grant Gustin is 29."

Mr. Gustin stars as The Flash on his television show that I feel is quite good. What startled me was not the age of 29 but the designation of "singer-actor." Singer? My fingers did the walking right over to youtube so I could see evidence of Mr. Gustin's musical gifts. I found exactly one song sung by the gentleman.

The label "singer-actor" appears to be quite a stretch (or at least proof that Mr. Gustin's promoter and/or agent does yeoman's work earning his fee) but you should judge for yourself:

Friday, January 11, 2019

Stan Lee by Todd McFarlane

By any metric, Stan Lee will be remembered as one of the all-time giants of the comic book industry. It was my pleasure to watch and enjoy Mr. Lee on the stage in panel discussions at the Chicago Comicon just about every year from 1976 to 2017. The gentleman was quite an entertainer!

Presented above is Todd McFarlane's tribute drawing of Mr. Lee that was printed recently in The New York Times Sunday magazine.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Scarcer than a Double Cover?

Most mornings on the way to school I stop at Panera Bread for a bagel and coffee. It's right on the way so why not?

So it was the other day. I poured the coffee into my paper cup (it's self-service at Panera, which I like), then I added the sugar and cream. I opened the paper wrapper around the coffee stir so I could mix my special recipe all together, but you'll never guess what happened. Are you sitting down?

There were TWO coffee stirs in the wrapper. Tee Doubleyou Oh coffee stirs in one coffee stir wrapper! I never saw such a thing in my life before.

Of course comic book fans have all come across comics with double covers. In my decades of comic fandom I've owned a few double covers, but I have never, ever before heard of two coffee stirs in one wrapper.

I accept this as a sign. Posts on The Hayfamzone Blog have frozen to absolute zero over most of 2018 but now it's a new year. It's time for the Hfz to thaw out just like Steve Rogers did. Keep watching this space!

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!