Title: Hey Kids! Comics! #3
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer & Artist: Howard Chaykin
Colorist: Wil Quintana
Letterer: Ken Bruzenak
Cover Artist: Don Cameron
Special Appearance: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
This has been one of those books I’ve put off reading because I assumed the title HEY KIDS COMIC! was somewhat of a lighter tone. Howard Chaykin presents this hard look at the comic book publishing world. He obviously pulls from life and puts Marvel and DC in his crosshatch. This focuses primarily on four characters through the span of four decades in time. The book is up front of how people were treated as far as racism, sexism and religion. It’s fascinating that the book was published in this context. Chaykin knows this is how things used to be and what the book references. I also enjoyed how creators had to deal with being swiped or other artists ripping off their work. This issue feels a little bit like a one-shot instead of part of the overall series. I’ve been a fan of Chaykin’s work since American Flagg. His art is timeless and simply detailed and fantastic. It’ll be interesting to see where this series goes as a whole. I believe this story needs to be told. Image is the perfect publisher with the proper creator/mastermind pulling the strings.