Friday, April 30, 2021

Jimmy Olsen is Animated Again!


 They were lost but they are found!


Jimmy Olsen #143 was published by DC Comics in 1971. The issue was written and pencilled by Jack Kirby, inked by Vince Colletta, heads redrawn by Murphy Anderson, and was lettered by John Costanza.

I have owned the original artwork to page 5 of that issue since the mid-eighties. Proudly have I owned it! It is the only splash page in my collection of Kirby artwork. But about ten years ago, it got even better.


At my request and through the magic of Photoshop, the artwork was transformed into an animated gif by Jeanette! The process is performed on a digital image so the page of original artwork is unharmed in every way, but it's as if the page has come to life! So much fun!


There are two versions of the gif, both shown here. They were lost for the last few years but I'm glad to report that they turned up again last week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


Friday, April 23, 2021

Superman said hayfamzone!


Yes, the hayfamzone has business cards! Short and to the point, isn't it?

They can be placed on the cover of a comic  book so it looks like the character is uttering the name of this beloved website.

Superman and Jughead and Herbie and many others have all been spotted saying "hayfamzone."

In case you ever wondered what we do for fun in the hayfamzone, now you know.

Friday, April 16, 2021

My New Batmobile


Loo at what I purchased at a comic store last week! This beautiful Batmobile is made of metal and it's very heavy. It has four strong magnets on its underside so I keep it affixed on the side of my refrigerator.

Officially it's a bottle opener but I do not use it for that purpose.

You can find the Batman logo if you look on the underside.

You might be able to find one for yourself on eBay if you look over here.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Krypto by Bernie Wrightson


I stumbled across this image and it's too nice not to share!

We all know how great Bernie Wrightson's Swamp Thing always is, but he also draws a great Krypto!

They keep publishing more issues of Batman Black and White, but most of the artists represented in that comic don't get it. Many of the stories included in that series feature artwork that is CRYING OUT for color, defeating the point of printing the artwork in black and white.

The drawing below, on the other hand, is beautiful as is, no color needed.


Monday, March 29, 2021

Ragman Logo Sold!


The original hand-drawn 1991 Ragman title logo sold at auction last week! How much do you think it sold for?

I've been collecting original artwork for almost 50 years but I never saw a logo original for sale before. Maybe I wasn't paying attention? 

When Ragman appeared in his first series back in 1976, that comic's logo was a team design by artist/editor Joe Kubert and letterer Gaspar Saladino and Production Manager Jack Adler (and you can read all about the history of that logo on Todd Klein's blog over here). This 1991 version of the logo retained the same outline by Gaspar but with a hand-drawn rather than photographic in-fill.

The original of this 1991 re-design sold last week for almost $300. We're not talking about non-fungible tokens here; we're talking about pen-on-board. How about that!

Friday, March 26, 2021

1992 Photo of Steve Ditko


Throughout his long career, artist Steve Ditko dodged cameras and preferred to let his work be his face. The co-creator of Spider-Man! The co-creator of Doctor Strange! The creator of The Creeper! Of course everybody was curious what the gentleman looked like!

Yes, there were one or two photos that leaked out in the 1960s, but Mr. D did an exceptional job of keeping the lid on. But now a previously unseen photo has come out.

Nephew Mark Ditko has posted a 1992 photo of himself and his famous uncle. What a wonderful picture! From today forward, this is what what I will call up as my mental image of Steve Ditko. Here it is for your enjoyment also. Hooray for Steve Ditko!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Jack Kirby's Leila Taylor


In 1987, Greg Theakston and his Pure Imagination published Jack Kirby's Heroes and Villains, a hardcover printing of 125 character drawings in pencil (one per page) by Mr. Kirby. Yes, I bought a copy.

In 1994, Greg Theakston returned to the well and published Jack Kirby's Heroes and Villains, Black Magic Edition. This time, the same drawings were inked by a wide variety of industry professionals. Yes, I bought a copy.

As Jack Kirby original artwork became pricier I looked for ways to buy artwork that was "almost" by Mr. Kirby. The artists who inked a page in the Black Magic Edition did not have access to the Jack Kirby original page so they light boxed their artwork. 

Do you remember of Sam (The Falcon) Wilson's girlfriend in the Captain America comics? Her name was Leila Taylor.

And now, from my personal artwork collection, here is Leila Taylor with layouts by Jack Kirby, pencils and inks by Andy Smith: