Monday, August 14, 2017
On August 28, 2017, we celebrate the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby, a towering figure in comic book history. My portrait of a contemplative Kirby first appeared on the cover (and interior) of my 2014 book Heroes of the Comics (Fantagraphics). In honor of the Kirby centenary, the work is now being issued as a limited edition (15) large, fine art print, hand-numbered, hand-titled, and signed by me.
Early in his long career, Jack Kirby co-created the sensational Captain America. In the early 1950s, freelancing for DC and Atlas, he specialized in action thrillers and covers depicting horrifying monsters bent on destroying Earth. These appeared in Tales to Astonish,Amazing Adventures, and World of Fantasy. At Marvel in the early 1960s, editor Stan Lee created a new superhero series, The Fantastic Four, and enlisted Kirby to plot and illustrate their adventures. Kirby replicated this success with The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, X-Men, The Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, and others. Kirby devised what was essentially Marvel's in-house style, designing their dynamic visual motifs and creating a template that artists have been following and stealing for decades.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
|the book's cover featuring musician Muddy Waters|
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Friday, July 14, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
Woody Allen's first play, Don't Drink The Water, starred the great Lou Jacobi and
|1966: Lou Jacobi, Vivian Vance|
and author Woody Allen, before Vance
Don't Drink The Water would be revived often after it's successful Broadway run with various revolving touring company casts over the next decade. Jackie Gleason, (coming off Skidoo), and Estelle Parsons would star in the awful 1969 film version, directed by Howard Morris, which Woody Allen would disavow.
The play takes place inside an American embassy behind the iron curtain. Three tourists, an American caterer named Walter Hollander and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy just ahead of the police who suspect them of spying via their innocent picture-taking. The comedy hijinx ensues from there, including the son of the, (missing), ambassador falling in love with the caterer's daughter. Don't Drink The Water received overall positive reviews and would run for 598 performances at three different Broadway theaters.
(thanks to John Wendler)
|the original 1966 poster when the show was announced|
out of town with Vivian Vance
(David Merrick produced), hit shows
Sam Levene, Selma Diamond