Tag Archives: Jack Kirby

Unconventional Bun Toons! YAY!

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I didn’t go to any conventions this week, unlike the rest of the population.


While everyone is in San Diego comiconning, I’ve been hanging out at home, going to see Star Trek Beyond (quite good!  yay!) and going through some of my beat-up old Fifties comics…where I came across a cover that seemed far more relevant today than it was when it was first produced in 1958.

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Of course, it can’t be Donald Trump, he would have been only twelve when this cover was produced, but the portrait bears a striking resemblance to the future Republican nominee.  Perhaps this is a case of life imitating art, and young Donald saw this cover, inspiring him towards a life of public service.

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The Jack Davis cover looks more like Trump that THIS one does…


San Diego Memories, from a cartoonist not currently there…

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What Does It Matter Bun Toons?

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ATTENTION:  The rabbit is NOT a Pokemon.  He cannot be caught.

Today’s Bun Toon was the subject of a lengthy, lengthy discussion on my facebook page this week.

What I talk about, I toon about.

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While there are folks who MEAN well when they say “All Lives Matter”, they are doing the work of people who want to belittle the black community and silence their cry of alarm.  Whatever you thought you meant by “All Lives Matter”, it’s not coming across as anything but rude jackassery in the face of neighbours who need your help.

If you wouldn’t say it to an ambulance, and you wouldn’t say it to a breast cancer survivor, think about why it’s okay to say it to BLM supports…

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The history of black characters in comics included some strongly offensive characters in the golden age:


Back in the 40s, The Spirit’s assistant/sidekick “Ebony White” was a character of contrasts:  Besides being a ghastly stereotype visually and verbally, he was a resourceful and brave character.

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Marvel’s “Whitewash Jones” (one of the Young Allies Hostages being saved by Bucky and Toro, lower right) was the same sort of offensive visual.  Like Ebony, the character was brave, uneducated and loyal.


In the late 40s, a black journalist named Orrin Cromwell Evans founded “All-Negro Comics” publishing, a venture that lasted only one issue, unfortunately, as he could not get wholesalers to sell him the newsprint he needed to print his books on.


In the late 50s, Dell introduced LOBO, arguably the first mainstream African American comic book hero that wasn’t visually offensive.  Unfortunately, the series didn’t last very long, likely too liberal an idea for the times.

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Jackie Johnson, a gunner for Sgt. Rock’s Easy Company, became mainstream comic’s first  continuing character with African heritage in 1960.

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Jackie continued to appear as a support character in Sgt. Rock straight through to the 90s, fighting alongside Ice Cream Soldier, Little Sure Shot and Wildman in an integrated platoon that never would have seen action in the real World War II.

Jackie was quickly followed in the early Sixties by Gabe Jones, one of Sgt. Fury’s platoon in the Marvel version of the World War II Sergeant genre.

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Ironically, Gabriel Jones and The Young Allies’ Whitewash Jones, were BOTH created by Jack Kirby…who went on to co-create the Black Panther, one of comics coolest heroes ever.


Face Front, true believers!


(-Thanks to B.C. Holmes and Robert Klarer for the head’s up correction on All-Negro Comics. I’m late, but I correct.)


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Another Swan Song Bun Toon. Not So Yay!

This keeps happening.   I think this whole "mortality" thing is just awful.

This keeps happening. I think this whole “mortality” thing is just awful.

No preamble.  The Bun Toon says it all.

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Okay, I did end up with Ringo’s signature, but it was at the insistence of a friend, not me.

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The signatures...

The signatures…

Rather than just looking at the artwork, let’s consider the man we lost this week at 89  years old….


That’s Murphy Anderson, looking dapper in the ever-present suit.

My middle name is “Murphy” by the way, so I had an EXTRA fondness for the only other person I’ve ever met who shares that moniker.

I really do think that these two comic books have more influence on me than any two comics ever published…

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This was the first time I saw the “new” Superman of the 70s…Clark and Lois worked for a TV station, and Lois was starting to dress in modern clothes (Jimmy, not so much.)  The story (by Denny O’Neil) seemed more “grown-up” than the previous Superman stories I read.  This seemed like it was “mine”, and not the old fashioned stuff my older brothers used to read.

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I still have my copies of these two issues, though they have long ago lost their covers (and I purchased nice new copies at a convention).  This one also introduced me to my life-long fondness of Nick Cardy (quite a cover, no?)…as it had a Teen Titans reprint found within.

These two comics started me down my path of obsessive collecting, which led to me learning to draw them (like Curt and Murphy if I could), which led me to working in the biz…

…Which led to me eventually taking Murphy’s job after he retired.

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Yup.  I became Curt Swan’s inker about two years after I met them.  Did it for a while, and it was like nothing I can describe to wake up every morning working your dream job.

Curt Swan and I even co-created ARM FALL OFF BOY, the greatest comic character of all time.

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But enough about me.
Let’s finish off looking at some Swanderson artwork in their prime…from Action Comics #410.  One of those first issues I ever bought, back when I was nine years old….

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Damn.  Look how good that stuff still is!  Every drop of ink is in the right place.

Thanks for the fantastic ride, Curt and Murphy.  You were both unimaginable treasures of my youth, and you are both unimaginably missed.


For last week's nostalgic and yet, futuristic Bun Toon, click here.

For last week’s nostalgic and yet, futuristic Bun Toon, click here.

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!

Ty Cannot Come to the Bun Toon Today!

If only I had the time to draw this well today...

If only I had the time to draw this well today…

With all the comic book tsuris that happened this week (Batgirl covers and all), I had lots to say in bunny form, but alas, my opinions are restricted to my mouth today, as I am attending a Comic Convention in Toronto, and am out of the house by 8.30 this morning.



I’m having a great time (except for the lack of sleep) so come on down and say “hi”, and if I’m functioning and awake, I’ll do you a sketch, and mouth off about something pithy.

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Yesterday I did this Miracle Man for a fan…literally HOURS after re-reading the 16 issue “Original Writer” reprints from Marvel earlier in the day. Talk about timing….

But if I’m muttering and snarly, I need sleep and might be about to pass away from exhaustion.  Then it’s best to ask for THIS character, as I can see her anyway…

Another Friday sketch from Toronto.

Another Friday sketch from Toronto.

Ah, I’m kidding.  I’m still happiest drawing Batman.  I know what he looks like without reference.

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So Sorry To Disappoint Bun Toons! Woah!


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I’m in the middle of the most crazy deadline pressures of my adult life this last week as I wrap up Batman-Green Hornet and gear up for a quick, but fun visit with Spider-Man.   I’m so, so, so close to the bone with the deadlines that any waking moment not devoted to drawing Adam West and the gang is immoral and cruel to my editor (and colourist and letterer), so I’m afraid I have to run some RE-RUN TOONS this weekend.  (Only the second time I’ve done this in over four years of Bun Tooning! I’m NOT a failure.  I’m NOT!)

Since it’s Batman (and eventually Spider-Man) that are knocking my calendar days around, I figure it’s only fair to re-run some Bun Toons that feature ’em.

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Bonus Comics on a Deadline Moment featuring my two favourite cartoonists:





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For last week’s Bun Toon, drawn in a timely manner, click here

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For the Bun Toon archive (where you could go find your own re-run toons) click here.


Simple and Easy Bun Toons! YAY!

I don't want to hurt anyone's brain...

I don’t want to hurt anyone’s brain…

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Based on a true story.

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BONUS:  The not-at-all-secret origin of GOOD-MAN, written and drawn by a common street thief, down on his luck.goodman two web size colour


For last week's similarly themed Bun Toon, click here.

For last week’s similarly themed Bun Toon, click here.

For Good-Man's previous adventure, click here.

For Good-Man’s previous adventure, click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, which contains more than a few Good-Man Adventures, click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, which contains more than a few Good-Man Adventures, click here.

Everybody’s Happy Now Bun Toons! YAY!

Isn't it nicer when everyone is happy?  Sigh...

Isn’t it nicer when everyone is happy? Sigh…

Hey, it’s in the news, it’s about comics, I have to make a comment.

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There…I told you everyone was happy.

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The bonus moment is just as happy.  It was from Christmas a couple of years ago, and Christmas is always happy.

support the tropesPS:  If you link back to this Bun Toon, try not to give away that it’s all about Jack, that’s sort of the punchline both times..



For a link to a Bun Toon that's all about ME for a change, click above.

For a link to a Bun Toon that’s all about ME for a change, click above.

More Bun Toons than you could reasonably read await after you click here.

More Bun Toons than you could reasonably read await after you click here.