By Howard Chaykin, Jesus Aburtov, Wil Quintana, Ken Bruzenak
For those not familiar with Howard Chaykin, he is a longtime professional of the comic industry going as far back as the 1970’s, known primarily for heavily violent/sexual works and stark political views. While I have very limited reading experiences of his body of work, I had the fortune of meeting him in person briefly at a comic-con. As such, I can attest that he lives up to the blunt and nonchalant persona he portrays in interviews. All of this is to give background and context for the review of his Image miniseries, The Divided States of Hysteria. Continue reading The Divided States of Hysteria Collection Review→
In June of 2016, Image Comics will be debuting new series from Howard Chaykin & Richard Tommaso, bring back Jupiters Legacy, release an artist edition for Injection #1, begin new arcs for Paper Girls, Descender, Rumble & more. Details at CBR
In American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1970s, contributor Dave Dykema notes that, in 1976, when Marvel Comics agreed to publish a comic book adaptation of the upcoming Star Wars movie, filmmaker George Lucas made two requests: “First, in order to maximize publicity, Marvel’s first two Star Wars issues had to be on the newsstands before the film came out. Second, Lucas wanted artist Howard Chaykin to draw the comic. Lucas liked Chaykin’s work on a 1973-74 three-issue run of DC’s Weird Worlds (#8-#10) starring science-fiction swashbuckler Ironwolf.”
Curious about the comic that inspired Lucas to request Chaykin for the Star Wars adaptation, Nothing But Comics takes a look at the Ironwolfstrip presented in DC Comics’ Weird Worlds #8-#10.
All images are from the Kelly Sue DeConnick/Matt Fraction e-mail list Milkfed that you can join here Preview art is from Satellite Sam #7 with art by Howard Chaykin and Pretty Deadly #5 with art by Emma Rios
SEX CRIMINALS #2: This issue of Sex Criminals focuses on the Y chromosome half of the criminals, Jon. As with issue #1 and Suzie, Matt Fraction covers Jon’s first experience with stopping time when he reaches orgasm – and also, as with the first issue, the results are fucking hilarious. The humor works here for two main reasons: one, the art by Chip Zdarsky is just what this comic needs to succeed in the realm of sexual perversity that it flirts with. His style is lighthearted enough to keep things in the arena of charactures but true enough to not slip into parody or slapstick. Dancing around the edges of pornography can be a tricky feat but it is handled with craftsmen-like precision here and the results are stunningly uncontroversial. The second reason this comic is funny as hell is Fraction knows that the majority of us have experienced these scenarios that Suzie and Jon are going through ( well, except for the whole stopping time thing) yeah, I can remember the first time I went into a video store to rent an “adult” movie. I was what, maybe 16 or 17 and hoped to god the rental clerk would just assume I was 18. I could relate to a lot of what Jon went through as kid and it brought back those funny memories and made me laugh – a lot. I am in love with this comic and I can’t recommend it enough. WRITING: EXCELLENT / ART: GREAT