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.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Exile is Over!

The chains are broken and The Hayfamzone Blog has returned! The ransom has been paid and the wheels are beginning to turn again. Keep watching this space!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Hayfamzone versus Photobucket

I regret having to report that the previously helpful and cooperative photobucket.com has taken The Hayfamzone Blog hostage. Rest assured that in time I will take the necessary steps to restore earlier posts to their former glory.

One weekend when I was in about 4th grade, William E. Dever School in Chicago was vandalized. On the following Monday morning we students were horrified to walk through the hallways where spray paint and vile grafitti were emblazoned on every wall. I am every bit as disgusted when I see what photobucket has done to my blog posts.

Everything will work out in the end but, in the meantime, new blog posts will be published as text-only pieces with no accompanying images. We can all learn a valuable lesson from photobucket on how NOT to run a business.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Secret Hearts #83 and The Drowning Girl

This week on ebay one of the comic books I'm selling is Secret Hearts #83, a 1962 DC Comics romance book with artwork by John Romita and Mike Sekowsky and Tony Abruzzo. Of course Mr. Romita is known for his legendary run on The Amazing Spider-Man and Mr. Sekowsky was the inaugural artist on The Justice League of America, and Mr. Abruzzo was a mainstay for the romance comics.

As excellent as the work of those artists is, comics with their artwork do not automatically command high prices. So I was startled when the bids for my copy of Secret Hearts 83 were far higher on the first day of the listing than I ever expected the auction to end at on its fifth day. Time for a little research, I said to myself.

My friend google gave up the answer readily.  It turns out that this particular issue is especially collectible because the Tony Abruzzo splash page artwork to "Run for Love" was appropriated by artist Roy Lichtenstein for his 1963 museum piece that he titled "Drowning Girl." 

Of course I'm being polite by writing appropriated instead of stolen. I have dubbed Mr. Lichtenstein The Most Hated Artist Ever for his 'appropriations' from hard-working comic book artists but, if you're reading this the week that I'm writing it you yourself can place a bid for my Secret Hearts #83 with off-white pages right over here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Mutt & Jeff ? Sheldon Mayer Did It Again !

Mutt & Jeff #1, Summer 1939

I've been known to enjoy a few Mutt & Jeff comics over the years (and those two characters were certainly the inspirations for The Fox and The Crow, one of my favorite comics series of all time!). Mutt & Jeff enjoyed a respectable 20-year run over at DC Comics, with 103 issues published spanning the decades from 1939 to 1958.

But this week I learned some thing about Mutt & Jeff comics that I never knew and never would even have suspected: all 103 of their covers were drawn by the great Sheldon Mayer! Yes! The creator/writer/artist of Sugar & Spike and Scribbly (another couple of my favorites) drew the above cover for the first issue and the below cover of the last issue and also the 101 issues in between! Who knew?

(P.S. After all this talk of Mutt & Jeff you'll certainly want to take another look at my own Mutton Jeff comic strip, which you can do right over here.)

Mutt & Jeff #103, June 1958