Sunday, July 22, 2018

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 3rd and final cover for HOUSE OF SECRETS went on sale.
There was a 6 page Kirby-rendered story to go with the cover.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were American, odds were one in three that you had read at least 10 comic books in the previous 30 days.
            - source: Mike Benton's THE COMIC BOOK IN AMERICA

Despite the huge potential audience, according to Mark Evanier's KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, the Kirby written and drawn BOYS' RANCH did not sell well and was canceled after 6 issues.

Friday, July 20, 2018

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

if you went to your retailer with $1.35 you could buy 190 pages of Kirby art: FANTASY MASTERPIECES #4 (45 reprinted pages), TALES OF SUSPENSE #81 (10 new pages), MARVEL SUPER-HEROES ANNUAL #1 (22 reprinted pages), THOR #132 (21 new pages), THOR ANNUAL #2 (30 new pages, 13 reprinted pages),  MARVEL COLLECTORS'  ITEM CLASSICS #5 (33 reprinted pages) 
and 
FANTASTIC FOUR #55 (20 new pages) 


Thursday, July 19, 2018

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you loved Kirby and you loved love you must haved loved being able to purchase his second Romance comic in 2 weeks. Both had covers AND interior art by Kirby!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

For a quarter you could have bought SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #141 with 22 pages of new Kirby artwork (he also wrote it!) including 3 pages of collages.


JIMMY OLSEN #141 also included a self-portrait of Jack Kirby, a reprint of the historic 13 page first appearance of the Newsboy Legion from 1942 and the cover of the comic it was from (STAR SPANGLED COMICS #7).  

DC waited 32 years to reprint JIMMY OLSEN #141.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby and Camelot
Kirby generates gravitas for the first issue of the DEMON the same way he did a year earlier in the first NEW GODS, by destroying an existing mythology as a prelude to introducing his creation.

Monday, July 16, 2018

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

AN ERA IS BORN 
Kirby did the covers for the next 11 issues of YOUNG ROMANCE. He also provided interior art for all of those issues.