Thursday, May 23, 2019

Jim Engel's Art Collection on TV!

Jim Engel is a fabulous cartoonist whose work I have enjoyed since the 1970s, and I had the opportunity to meet the gentleman in person at The 1983 Artists Party that I have written about before. Well, last Sunday night Mr. Engel was the focus of a 30-minute television show!

The show is titled Collector's Call and it has a web presence over here. Each episode of that series focuses on a different type of collection and Jim's episode was all about his original comic book artwork collection. For just a few more days you can watch that full episode on the Collector's Call website but after that you'll have to do a bit of investigating to find it.

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Largest Comic Book Ever!

I have always enjoyed the massiveness of oversized comic books. Do you remember all the Limited Collector's Editions from DC and all the Treasury Editions from Marvel back in the 1970s? The above Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer edition that was released in October of 1972 was the first of all those tabloid comics (and served as my introduction to the wonderful world of Rube Grossman artwork), and then many dozens of other Limited Collector's Editions and Treasury Editions followed.

Although tabloid-sized comics are magnificently oversized, there was an even larger comic book than them! Pre-dating the above Rudolph by five years was 1967's Wham-O Giant Comics #1.

Each page of Wham-O Giant Comics is the size of the TWO facing pages of a tabloid size comic so I'm ready to go out on a mathematical limb and say that Wham-O Giant Comics is TWICE the size  of a tabloid comic; each page of the Wham-O is the size of FOUR regular comic pages put together. The Grand Comics Database proclaims it to be "The biggest-sized comic ever published in terms of surface area." These 52 monstrous pages are area-equivalent to 208 regular-sized comic book pages. Huge! Have I convinced you yet?

This is the same Wham-O company that originated and still makes frisbees and hula hoops by the way. The company still exists but no longer publishes comics. The Batman TV show boom of the 1960s made producing comics attractive to many new publishers, including Wham-O. Giant Comics was intended to be an ongoing series but only this one issue made it into print.

But what an issue of great artwork it is! Wally Wood is one of the best comics artists ever of course, plus there is work by Ernie Colon and Marvin Stein and Henry Boltinoff, as well as the last-published work of the Golden Age master Lou Fine. This comic is a very impressive package.

And now here are two hayfamzone bonuses for you:

Look over here to watch a one-minute commercial for Wham-O Giant Comics #1 that aired on televisions across the nation back in 1967


over at this website you can view a full-screen image of each page of the huge comic!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Harley Quinn! Rocketeer! Mondo Statues!

I had not heard of the company named Mondo before last week, and I thank hayfamzonder Dave Bowen for bringing it to my attention!

Mondo produces a wide variety of collectibles and comics fans might be most interested in Mondo-produced statues like the ones shown here featuring Harley Quinn and The Rocketeer.

You can investigate the world of Mondo for yourself here over at their website.

Friday, May 03, 2019

John Byrne has Signing Guidelines

I like that there is no charge for the signing.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

More Sinnott, More Mutts!

Three weeks ago we were treated to the Sunday edition of Mutts in the newspaper being a take-off on a Fantastic Four cover and guest-inked by 1960s Fantastic Four inker Joe Sinnott.

This past weekend we were again treated to Mutts being a take-off on an FF cover and guest-inked again by Mr. Sinnott!

How long can this continue? Forever , we hope!

Friday, April 12, 2019

My Letter Column Title

This collage of letter column headings from past decades caught my eye on twitter this week; of course the ones shown above are merely the tip of a very large iceberg! (I do not remember if I knew that "Written to the Corps" for a Green Lantern title's letters page was a take-off on "Rotten to the Core" but I hope I did!)

Way back at the dawn of The Hayfamzone Blog (thirteen years ago now!) I informed you that my suggestion for a letters page heading was chosen when Jonah Hex was awarded his own title in 1977. Since J.H.ex was a western comic I thought "Via Pony Express" was right on the money and the editor agreed! I wrote all this in the Blog thirteen years ago but I never showed you what the heading looked like because the Hfz displayed only text and no images for its first year. Now it can be shown, voila! The designer did a very nice job including the horse and rider in silhouette,  I would say. Bravo! Hooray for Jonah Hex!

Friday, April 05, 2019

A Gift of Swamp Thing

The artist known as Goddess of the World has given me as a gift the above original painting of Swamp Thing, her interpretation of that classic character. Quite excellent! Many thanks, G.o.t.W.!