Sunday, October 17, 2021

Jack Kirby's Best Signature


 My favorite Jack Kirby signature is the one The King signed work with between the years of 1969 and 1973.

The new Mister Miracle series that is currently running honors Mr. Kirby by using a likeness of that best signature on the creator's byline.

Created by Jack Kirby!

 


Saturday, October 02, 2021

Murphy Anderson's Signature

 

The cover to 1964's Strange Adventures #161 was drawn by Murphy Anderson. The gentleman drew many covers for that title, but one thing about this cover is out of the ordinary. 

Murphy Anderson signed this cover. Such a rare occurrence! A script capital M side-by-side with a script capital A. It's a very nice design and it is so rare that this is the only place I remember seeing it!

Maybe you haven't spotted it yet? 

Look down by the man's brown pant leg. 

Bingo!

Maybe you'll see it more clearly on the original artwork. Please send me a message if  you know any other covers that Mr. Anderson signed in this way!


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Drawing Robert Kanigher

 

Did you ever before see the above drawing of Robert Kanigher? I believe I never saw it before last week, yet it was drawn by Joe Kubert way back in 1983.

In an interesting coincidence, I also drew Mr. Kanigher that same year! The below drawing with Mr. K in the rocket ship was first published in the Comics Buyer's Guide #497 back when I was regularly drawing commentary cartoons for that newszine/adzine. I sent a xerox copy of my drawing to Mr. Kanigher in care of DC Comics and he got such a kick out of it that he published the artwork on the letters page of Sgt. Rock #397 in 1984! Please do investigate this Grand Comics Database entry that mentions my inclusion in that comic book, right over here!



Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Joe Kubert's Robot Spider

Joe Kubert did some drawing for Marvel Comics back in the 1990s, like the above cover.

But isn't the unpublished cover shown below just a little more interesting? 

I mean, robot spider? Come on!




Saturday, September 11, 2021

Jack Kirby's FIRST Black Panther Cover

 


Above is the 1966 cover that introduced The Black Panther to the world. A classic. An iconic Jack Kirby design.

But that was not the first cover that Mr. Kirby drew for that issue of The Fantastic Four. In a rare happenstance, the first drawing that was to serve as that cover was rejected for reasons that have not been stated. That first drawing is shown below. 

I myself prefer the published version but I believe every fan should see this first draft!



Sunday, September 05, 2021

Paul Kupperberg's Direct Comments

 


I enjoy reading about interactions that comics fans have had with comics pros. Maybe you enjoyed reading about the brushes I have had with Walter Simonson and Kurt Schaffenberger and William Gaines that I have shared in the past.

In the same spirit, longtime comics pro Paul Kupperberg has published a book displaying the fruits of interviews he conducted with comics pros back in the 1970s and 1980s. Like mine, his interactions also include ones with Mr. Simonson and Mr. Schaffenberger!

Any reader who enjoys The Hayfamzone Blog would also enjoy this book and I recommend it highly!




Saturday, August 28, 2021

King Kirby Dramatic Podcast

 


Jack Kirby is my favorite comic book artist of all time!

Do you know that gentleman's life story? I do too but now there is a whole new way to hear all the details again. A dramatic podcast with a cast of five actors has been posted for all of us Kirby fans to enjoy free of charge!

Comics scribe Fred Van Lente and his wife Crystal Skillman are the writers of King Kirby and you can hear the podcast for yourself right over here.

Hooray for Jack Kirby!