The History of Comics, as Told by HOWARD CHAYKIN (Sort of)

Hey Kids! Comics
Credit: Howard Chaykin (DC Comics)
Credit: Howard Chaykin (DC Comics)

Howard Chaykin returns with a new creator-owned series filled with what he calls "behind-the-scenes personal drama, lurid flimflammery, and just plain out and out larceny" in a new series titled Hey Kids! Comics. Scheduled to launch this August from Image Comics, Hey Kids! Comics follows Chaykin's controversial 2017 miniseries United States of Hysteria.

"Hey Kids! Comics is a fictionalized history of more than a half century of turbulence and triumph, despair and drama in the comic book racket," Chaykin writes on Facebook. "Where aspiring artists climbed into business and bed with conmen and clowns, ganefs and gangsters, to create the foundations of today’s biggest entertainment business - or at least, the tail that wags the dog."

"Much of it really happened, and the names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike...and since everyone was guilty of something, no one was really all that innocent," Chaykin continues.

Chaykin plans Hey Kids! Comics as a long-running series, as "there's a treasure trove of material in the eighty year history of our curious industry - and I'd love to cover it all."

"And, for those of you who think Hey Kids is going to be a poison pill, be disabused of that notion right here, right now," Chaykin says. "I’ve worked in comic books for forty eight years, and despite vast debilitating waves of frustration and bitterness, this was a conscious choice… and I’m the luckiest bastard (literally and figuratively, I might add) walking."

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