Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Rory Hayes

Rory was an underground comic artist who contributed to books such as Arcade, Bijou Funnies, Insect Fear, Snatch, Cunt Comics, Hydrogen Bomb and Skull.

"Fascinated by horror since an early age, he published his own comic 'Bogeyman' in 1968. An avid experimenter with drugs, Rory Hayes died in his sleep from an overdose on August 29, 1983, only 34 years old." quote taken from here.

Click the following numbers to see some of Rory's artwork.
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10

Click the following numbers to read "The Creatures In The Tunnel"
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

Panels From "The Thing In The Room!"
1 - 2

Panels From "The Transformation Of Dr Cline"
1 - 2

Lorzi "Season Of The Witch"
1 - 2

Page From "Last Hit"

A Dark Night Comic Strip

If you enjoy the work of Rory Hayes you might be interested in checking out Dan Nadel's amazing collection of unknown comics visionaries "Art Out Of Time". It includes several short comics by Hayes. And I have it on good word from Dan that a collection exclusively devoted to Rory's comics is in the works!


chris said...

Hey, this blog is great!
I think that the artwork selection #4 is actually a page by Rory's brother Geoffrey, however. He did a handful of pages in a similar vein to his brother's underground comix, but went on to a career in children's books. I think that the Comics Journal once ran a Geoffrey Hayes page & credited it to Rory, so it's not the first time.
Thanks for posting such a great selection of art.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I agree: great blog.

Picked up Art Out of Time a few days ago and Rory Hayes is a stunner. Can you say when can we expect the RH book?

aeron said...

Thanks for the clarification, Chris. I did look at that image and wonder because the drawing style is somewhat off from Rory's usual more crude style. But considering his background I assumed he was on more or less drugs that day and figured the 'Geoffrey" was some weird reference to his own name. I'll have to investigate more of his brothers work.

Glad you picked up "Art Out Of Time" more people need to support books like this so that Dan can make more of them! There's no time frame that I know of in regards to the Rory book, assuming there's no legal hang ups I'd expect it out in less then 2 years.