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An Important Message On Behalf Of Tom Ziuko
-- my name is Gary Mann, writing here on Tom's behalf. You may not
know me, but if you read comic-books or grew up reading them, chances
are you're familiar with the name Tom Ziuko, and his work.
was recently hospitalised for the second time in less than a year; this
time requiring emergency surgery. I've helped to create this Facebook
page for Tom in order to bring attention to his current medical
situation, and hopefully gain assistance in order to help him out.
Tom is a comic-book colorist by profession -- over the course of his
thirty year career he's worked primarily for DC and Marvel Comics; as
well as a host of other independent publishers. His credits include work
on a wide variety of characters and genres, ranging from Superman,
Bat-Man, Spider-Man and Captain America to Dracula and The Shadow; and
on titles as diverse as Crisis on Infinite Earths and The History of the
DC Universe, from Hellblazer to Looney Toons; as well as dozens of
I've known Tom since we were both young comic-book
fans back in the 1970's, and I've started up this Facebook page in order
to hopefully raise some much needed financial assistance for him. Tom
is a freelance artist, unable to afford health insurance, and the last
year has been brutal for him -- in December of 2010 he was diagnosed
with acute kidney failure; he spent the following months in the hospital
being treated for this, and then convalescing at home, during which
time he was also diagnosed with neuropathy.
Then in September
he was dealt another life threatening blow -- he had to have emergency
surgery to repair his strangulated colon. He was facing a possible
colostomy -- but I'm happy to report that his surgeons were able to save
both his life and his colon.
After spending another month in
the hospital, Tom is currently recuperating at home, although still
unable to return to work full-time. Early last year, Tom's friend and
fellow freelance artist Alan Kupperberg mounted an effort to help raise
some funds for him; and a great non-profit organisation, The Hero Initiative, has played a major role in helping Tom to survive during
this last year, keeping him afloat and literally saving him from
becoming homeless. But Tom continues to face a mountain of medical
bills, personal expenses and debt.
And so I appeal to those of
you who may have been touched by Tom's work over the last three
decades; in that you might be able to contribute to assisting him
financially while he continues his recovery. I know that times are tight
right now for everyone, but any contribution you might be able to make,
no matter how small, would be both beneficial and greatly appreciated
We have a Paypal account set up if you'd like to
contribute over the internet then you can do so using this email address. And whether you're able
to contribute funds or not, you can write to Tom directly here on
Facebook, or at his email address in order to send
him get-well wishes, to say hello and wish him a speedy recovery, or
just to let him know if you've enjoyed his work over the years.
If you want to contribute directly to Tom's assistance fund, you can do so at Paypal
On behalf of both Tom and myself -- thank you so much! - Gary Mann
Be warned - read this, take note and learn the easy way - we've learnt this lesson the hard way.
As people who read this stuff on some form of a regular basis might be aware we're off to New York in just over a month. Three weeks in New York, one week in San Fransisco. The key, for us anyway, is booking some decent accommodation, so we decided that, as we're going to be in New York for three weeks solid, that we'd go for a serviced apartment over a hotel room. So we started looking on the proper web-sites for places until we found one. Great location, it does exist, great photos - the lot. Perfect for our needs. The other half made contact with the 'owner' via the web-site and made arrangements to pay. We were asked to pay via MoneyGram, no biggie and no alarm bells started to ring - we've not done this before and all seemed normal. We made the first payment and got an email back from the 'owner' saying he'd gotten the payment and could we fix th…
Let's nip this right in the bud now and call this image bullshit (as Penn & Teller would say). Yesterday a link was emailed to quite a few people, showing the image you see on the left, which is supposedly the Jack Kirby version of The Amazing Spider-Man. If it the art was genuine then it'd rewrite Marvel history as we know it. There's one slight problem though - it's a hoax, and not a very good one at that. Someone has taken the Giant Man image from the splash page of Tales To Astonish #51 and doctored it, using a logo taken from page #183 of Joe Simon's Comic Book Makers book and parts of the design that Steve Ditko drew for one of Robin Snyder's books (in which he discussed the differences between Jack Kirby's discarded version of Spiderman and the final, Steve Ditko-Stan Lee version of Spider-Man) and mashed them all together. As to why anyone would want to do that, or what end they hoped to achieve is beyond me. But then that's life.
Go and have a read, and, more importantly, pass the word on to everyone and anyone who is thinking of travelling anywhere and booking. First rule of thumb - NEVER pay anyone via a money transfer system such as Western Union or Moneygram. They assist the scammers, and once your money is gone, those companies couldn't care less. They've got their cut. Make sure you pay in such a way that you've got recourse - if it's a money transfer then it's a scam, as far as I'm concerned.