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But isn't the unpublished cover shown below just a little more interesting?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

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Jack Kirby's Darkseid and Highfather by John Byrne


As the price of comic book original artwork has risen, I have adapted. Rather than focusing on precious Jack Kirby pages I have shifted my attention to pages that feature Jack Kirby characters but which are drawn by other artists.

Jack Kirby's Fourth World was a 20-issue series from DC Comics back in 1997 and 1998. The story and art in each issue were by John Byrne with covers provided by Walt Simonson.

Here is an interior page I own from issue 6, and it features Highfather confronting Darkseid. Rest assured that all that Kirby Krackle populating the bottom half of the page is hand-drawn! Upon closer inspection you will also see Orion and Mr. Miracle and Big Barda. Let's blow up the page really large so you can see every detail.

Hooray for Jack Kirby!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Tiki Fin Fang Foom


Fin Fang Foom is a beloved monster created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby at Marvel Comics for 1961's Strange Tales #89. Do not be frightened by the destructiveness or put off by the trash-talking F.F.F.  displays in his debut cover shown above, he's a good egg at heart!

I am one of the many who have purchased the Fin Fang Foom mini-bust sculpted by Randy Bowen when that cold-cast statue was released a couple of decades back. (The bust was also produced in red but I own the more beautiful green version.)

Now our beloved dragon jumped up to a new and unforeseen plateau! Mondo is a company that specializes in collectibles relating to record albums and to comics and, for last month's Mondocon (held virtually and simultaneously with the San Diego Comicon (which was also held virtually this year)) they manufactured the Fin Fang Foom Tiki Mug! Available in three colors! When you yearn for a flagon of mead, your dragon can be right there with you!

If you hurry you might still be able to order one for yourself over here!


Monday, August 02, 2021

Comicon Mutts 2021 (Part 2 of 2)


Patrick McDonnell once again this year celebrated the week of the San Diego Comcon in his Mutts newspaper comic strip. Here are the second half of this year's Comicon installments.

In earlier years there would also be a Sunday strip in the series as well as the six daily strips of the week. Not so this year, however, so we will use our imagination to picture The Pink Sock in color.

Please enjoy...  in glorious black and white...  The Pink Sock