Thursday, December 26, 2013

Was the reprint editor purposely trying to ruin Lee and Kirby's reputations?

If you started reading comics in the early 1970's the edited versions of well-crafted Silver Age masterpieces might have made you wonder what all the fuss was about.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

An Editing Masterpiece?


Page five from MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #57 was created by combining pages five and six of FANTASTIC FOUR #75

Monday, December 23, 2013

Superfluous Kirby - The Fantastic Four File

If you didn't start reading comics until 1969 you would not have seen this page showing how responsible Sue Richards was about her prenatal care as it was cut from the 1975 reprinting of FANTASTIC FOUR #76.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Rainy Day Fun: Identify the Kirby inkers.

Jim Lee inked 1 of the story pages of PHANTOM FORCE #1 (plus a pin-up). Can you tell which page? The other was finished by Scott Williams.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

"Along with a few surviving western titles, much of Kirby's output was now movie-matinee-style monsters with names like Monstrom and Titano and Groot and Krang and Droom. Lee would feed plots to his younger brother, Larry Lieber, who would then write them into scripts and send them to Kirby."

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Comic scholar Nick Caputo has observed that a planet-with-a-word-balloon panel is indicative of a Larry Lieber script.

The Ditko contribution to March 1961's TALES OF SUSPENSE #18 was a five page hard science fiction story likely inspired by Asimov's popular robot stories. 

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    96 YEARS AGO TODAY: the most important birth in comics' history!

       The Hero Initiative is a charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need. The Hero Initiative has recruited more than 40 artists to celebrate Jack Kirby's birthday by drawing a “birthday card to Jack.” The drawings will be featured at, and they will be auctioned to benefit Hero Initiative at a later date.

       Or you can simply donate in Kirby's name via the PayPal link at Please type in “Kirby4Heroes” in the special instructions box. 

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    "Although a rare and potent blend of horror and heroics, THE DEMON failed to build as other Kirby creations had, and perished after sixteen issues." - THE COMIC BOOK HEROES (1985)

    In 1989's THE COMIC BOOK IN AMERICA by Mike Benton THE DEMON is mentioned once, as one of Kirby's Fourth World books.

    In the 256 page DC COMICS: SIXTY YEARS OF THE WORLD'S FAVORITE COMIC BOOK HEROES by Les Daniels, the Demon is mentioned once and only because of his appearance in the Bissette-rendered panel from the 1985 SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2 that illustrates the Swamp Thing's chapter.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    Kirby's Fourth World got more than a quarter of the votes for favorite Kirby creation in the First Daily Kirby Poll.

    The Fourth World comic that the got the most votes for single favorite Kirby comic was MISTER MIRACLE #9.

    The growing-hair-as-a-sign-of-rebellion revelation surely resonated with readers in the summer of 1972.

    Monday, August 5, 2013

    FANTASTIC FOUR #48 came in second for the best single issue Kirby comic in the First Daily Kirby Poll.

    Many of the people that voted for FF #48 also added that it was difficult to select just one comic. Other poll participants were unable to pick just one. FF #48 was a part of the run that employed the "soap opera" format of interlocking episodes. The first six and two-third pages of the issue concluded the previous issue's Inhuman storyline.

    The Galactus "trilogy" didn't begin until the fifth panel of page seven.

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

    Thanks to all that took the time to answer the first Daily Kirby Poll.

    More than 90% of you were born in the 1950s and discovered Kirby in the 1960s. Your ages ranged from 22 to 63 and averaged out to 53.
    More than half of you said that the FANTASTIC FOUR was your favorite Kirby creation although when you add in the votes for the Marvel Universe and the "Ant-Man is my second favorite character, everyone else is my favorite" plus the solo votes that he got, THE THING won by a landslide.
    The single issue that got the most votes was 
    Stan's hyperbole has become reality.

    Friday, August 2, 2013


    What year did you discover Kirby?
    How old are you?

    What is your favorite Kirby comic (single issue)?

    What is your favorite Kirby creation or cocreation?
    (All responses will be kept confidential.)

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    Jack Kirby, Storyteller: Galactus and the Inhumans

    By Barry Pearl

    About a Year ago the Daily Kirby gave me the privilege of posting a blog that asked a very interesting question.  I thought the time had come for me to give MY answer, which actually has a Cold War influnce.  And I hope it surprises you!!!!   I wrote, in part,

    In Fantastic Four #48, the Inhumans siblings, Black Bolt and Maximus battle and Maximus wins. “I can create a negative zone around our land. A zone that nothing can penetrate.” And Maximus creates a barrier forever separating the Inhumans from Humanity.

    Of course, life goes on, and Galactus, led by his herald, the Silver Surfer, attempts to drain Earth of all of its energy.  In issue #50, the Silver Surfer turns against his master and is punished for it. “Since you shall be herald to Galactus no longer. I shall remove your space time powers. Henceforth, the Silver Surfer shall roam the galaxies no longer.”  And the Surfer is banished, stranded on Earth to live amongst the people he helped save.

    So what’s the link? A defeated Maximus punishes the Inhumans by imprisoning them in the Giant Refuge to keep them separate from humanity. Galactus does just the opposite he punishes the Silver Surfer by imprisoning him on Earth where he must forever mingle with the same humanity. There is a contradiction here. But which is the worst punishment?

    The surprising (I hope) answer is: Both are!!!! Because they were both given the SAME punishment.  In both cases the powers that be, Maximus and Galactus, took away their ability to make a choice. They took away their freedom, their freedom to choose. They were both shown that they were not fully in charge of their own lives.  Crystal was separated from her love, Johnny, and the Surfer was separated from his love, Shalla-Bal. Neither could go where they wanted to.

    Why is this a cold war ending? In 1966, Russia did not allow people to leave their country, even on a vacation.  Even during the Olympics, Russian athletes were heavily guarded. They, like the Inhumans, had to remain where they were born. The ability not to travel was definitely a cold war era concern.

    PS: There were two mistakes in the Silver Surfer comic I feel that lead to its cancellation. First, although he was the Sentinel of the Skyways he was trapped on Earth. That was fun for a few issues, but he would have been more interesting visiting other galaxies.

    But there was something about the early Silver Surfer  stories that was so silly!!!!!  Stan Lee, wanted to use the Surfer as the best example of prejudice and discrimination, often alluding to the reality of being an African-American or another  minority.

    So is it discriminatory or common sense when in the middle of winter a naked, silver, plastic person shows up with a surfboard in your backyard and you don’t live near the beach… and you call the police?  Being fearful of that is not prejudice, it’s common sense.

    (Barry became part of the Silver Age zeitgeist by having a letter printed in SILVER SURFER #14. - Bill)

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Is it merely nostalgia that makes me think June 1967 was one of Marvel's best months?

    1st - Beatles release Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in US.
    2nd - Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston
    3rd - Aretha Franklin's "Respect" reaches #1
    4th - 19th Emmy Awards: Mission Impossible, Monkees, Don Knotts & Lucy Ball. Monkees take home an Emmy for their Outstanding comedy Series
    5th - Murderer Richard Speck sentenced to death in electric chair
    11th - Race riot in Tampa Florida; National Guard mobilizes
    12th - Race riot in Cincinnati, Ohio (300 arrested). Supreme Court unanimously ends laws against interracial marriages
    13th - "You Only Live Twice" premieres in US. Thurgood Marshall nominated as 1st black Supreme Court justice
    16th - 50,000 attend Monterey International Pop Festival
    17th - China becomes world's 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power
    18th - Monterey International Pop Festival rocks Southern California
    19th - Paul McCartney admits on TV that he took LSD
    20th - Muhammad Ali convicted of refusing induction into armed services
    25th - 400 million watch Beatles "Our World" TV special (First global satellite television program)
    25th - Mohammed Ali (Cassius Clay) sentenced to 5 years

    retro-researched on the Proto-net

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    "Jack Kirby meets Philip Marlowe? It's got my vote!" BRYAN TALBOT

    Talbot's not talking about this...

     He's talking about this!

    The new book by the best-selling author of 

    Saturday, May 18, 2013

    Joe Kubert and the Germans help Kirby get work.

         While stationed in Germany in 1951, a German movie magazine with red and blue anaglyphic photographs and glasses impressed Joe Kubert. In 1952, after being discharged from the Army, he convinced St. John to hire him to write, draw and produce their comics. Kubert got his boyhood friend and fellow artist Norman Maurer to assist him. In the Spring of 1953 the duo developed an affordable way to produce the same 3-D effect as the German magazine. They devised a process unique enough to patent.  They formed the American Sterographic Corporation and sold the first license to use their innovation to St. John.

    A month and half later a million and a quarter copies of THREE DIMENSION COMICS #1 starring Mighty Mouse arrived at the newstands. Even though it cost 250% more than the 2-D comics it sold out. St. John decided to make their entire line 3-D.

    Leon Harvey (of Harvey Comics) noted the success of THREE DIMENSION COMICS #1, was able to figure out the basics of 3-D and began publishing 3-D comics two months later using a method that created 4 planes of depth rather than the 6 planes of depth that the Kubert/Maurer process produced.

    Harvey contacted Jack Kirby and asked him to develop a superhero to capitalize on 3-D's popularity.

    Unfortunately by the time CAPTAIN 3-D reached the market the 3-D fad was over.

    For more about the history of the 3-D process (which goes back to 1838) I recommend AMAZING 3-D by Hal Morgan and Dan Symmes