Sunday, August 28, 2016

99 YEARS AGO TODAY JACOB KURTZBERG WAS BORN

Twenty years later he had mastered cartooning sufficiently enough to be hired by a syndicate to draw a daily cowboy strip called The Lone Rider.

By his 24th birthday Kurtzberg had changed his name to Jack Kirby and was working in the embryonic comic book industry. Kirby already had nearly 1000 published story pages to his credit and 18 covers.

By his 30th birthday Kirby had contributed nearly 3,000 pages of story art and 150 covers to the comic book zeitgeist.

By the time Kirby was 35 he had produced more than 5,000 interior pages and 250 covers. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

83 YEARS AGO TODAY

You could get Kirby art for a penny. Founded in 1932, The Boys Brotherhood Republic was Mayor LaGuardia's solution to New York City's juvenile delinquency problem. Kirby had been a member for less than a year when he assisted in starting the club's newsletter. The  mimeographed newsletter sold for a penny. Kirby, who had not yet changed his name from Kurtzberg, did his first comic strip for the weekly newsletter.


The Boys Brotherhood Republic still exists. It was renamed the Boys and Girls Republic in 1998.

Friday, August 26, 2016

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

FAMOUS FUNNIES #61, the fourth comic book to contain Kirby art, was on sale. It had two and a half pages of ads, including  a Kirby's full-pager for the Lone Rider feature that would begin in the next issue. This made Kirby's page count for his first year in the industry twenty-four and a half pages.

Slightly more than a year earlier Kirby had been hired by Associated Features Syndicate to produce his first daily strip. It was a knockoff of the Lone Ranger, a character that had at that point been on the radio for four years and star of his own monthly pulp magazine for half a year. The Lone Ranger comic strip appeared in newspapers from September 1938 to December 1971. Kirby's Lone Rider strip appeared from January 1939 until February 1939. Thirty-two of those strips were colored and a reprinted four to a page, two pages an issue in FAMOUS FUNNIES #62, 63, 64 and 65.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 22nd Kirby covered ADVENTURE COMICS was available for purchase. It was the 3rd Kirby Cover Only issue.

Was it the inspiration for this cover 4 years later?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 20th comic for 1973 to be Kirby covered and contain Kirby interior art and story went on sale.

Monday, August 22, 2016

38 YEARS AGO TODAY

Another historic New Comics' Day at your local shop...

Kirby's final FANTASTIC FOUR cover. Unfortunately only the cover was by him.
Kirby's penultimate issue of MACHINE MAN - cover and 17 pages of story and art by the King.