Howard Chaykin is returning to the Image Comics fold soon with a new creator-owned series where he’ll be telling a form of comics history in Hey Kids! Comics!
The series is set to address “nearly a century of turbulence and triumph, despair and drama in the comic book racket” and Chaykin will be drawing on his nearly half-century of experience in that market to create it.
Like every man and woman who works in comics, I stand on the shoulders of giants. HEY KIDS! COMICS! is my love letter to those giants—a love letter with a touch of acid in the ink, certainly, but a love letter and a labor of love nonetheless.
The solicit copy for issue #1 is pretty florid, and reads:
Artists and writers, con men and clowns, ganefs and gangsters, they all created the foundations of today’s biggest entertainment business—or at least the tail that wags the dog.
Some of it really happened, and the names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty…
…although in the end, everyone was guilty of something.
Chaykin is nothing if not controversial, and certainly is likely to be intrepid in tackling the very checkered history of the comics medium.
We’ll find out on August 8th, 2018, when issue #1 of Hey Kids! Comics! lands in shops. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, July 16th.