Monday, August 11, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Glamour + Comics

This striking image is the work of Diane and Allan Arbus, a married couple as well as a professional photography team. They eventually divorced, and Diane Arbus went on to an even more legendary career.

Of course, the reason I'm posting it here is because of all the comics seen at the bottom. Easily identified is Wonder Woman #36, which would date this photo from around May 1945. It warms my heart to see comics so prominently displayed at a newsstand, and a little sad that it isn't this way anymore.

The other reason I love this photo is that, like I said above, it's the work of Diane and Allan Arbus. Mr. Arbus eventually went into acting, and ended up playing Dr. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H, my favorite character on my all-time favorite TV show. So you've got comics and M*A*S*H, all in one photo--all it really needs is a four-year-old Bob Dylan walking by, and it would have everything I'm interested in!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Glen and Randa - 1971

While at work, I came across the trailer for an obscure 1971 sci-fi film called Glen and Randa, about two teens who have survived some sort of holocaust. The opening moments feature fuzzy-headed (in more ways than one) Glen reading a Wonder Woman comic.

The issue in question is Wonder Woman #58, which was published in 1953, almost a full twenty years before the movie was made! I wonder (no pun intended) who on the crew had their comic book collection raided when it came time for props?

For those interested, you can see the whole Glen and Randa trailer here.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hey Kids, Comics! @ The 2014 Camden Comic Con!

Hey Kids! I will be attending the first-ever Camden Comic Con, taking place on Saturday April 5th! I will have copies of Hey Kids, Comics! on sale and available for signing, so please stop by and say hello!

You can find out more about the show on its Facebook page and Tumblr.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Friday The 13th Part III - 1982

While guest co-hosting on an episode of The Fire and Water Podcast, blogger and podcaster extraordinaire Michael Bailey mentioned some comics appearing in a scene from Friday The 13th Part III. Even though I've seen the film at least once or twice, I had no memory of this, so I had to track the movie down and check it out--and lo and behold, there they are!

Seen on display are Ghosts #112 (May 1982), Master of Kung-Fu #s 110 (March 1982) and #112 (May 1982), and what looks like Warlord #56 (April 1982). I can't quite figure out how they're displayed, exactly--they look like some set designer just slapped them on the side of a shelf rack with some double-stick tape. They must have wanted them to be seen prominently--if so, mission accomplished!

Let us not speak of that issue of Club.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hey Kids, Comics! @ Bookends Bookstore

The signing at Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, NJ was a smashing success! We had almost a full house and there were lots of questions about us, comics, and the book. Me and my guests and fellow essayists Paul Castiglia and Ed Catto signed lots of books, followed by a nice celebratory dinner afterwards.

Bookends treated us great and said that if (when!) we do HEY KIDS, COMICS! Vol. 2, they'll have us back!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Hey Kids, Comics! Signing - 11/30/13

Hey Kids! You should know that I will be doing my first in-store book signing at Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, NJ!

The signing will be on Small Business Saturday, November 30, at 2pm. Joining me for the event will be Hey Kids, Comics! essayists Paul Castiglia (Archie) and Ed Catto (Captain Action, The Bonfire Agency). Come by and pick up a copy of the book and get it autographed by all three of us!