Wednesday, August 27, 2014


(W/A) Various (CA) Don Heck
    In 1958, Stan Lee stood before the decimated Atlas line. Having gone from editor of a line of dozens of titles to just eight, Stan refocused his efforts on only biggest and best: enter TALES OF SUSPENSE! Anchored by the visual talents Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Don Heck, this new "big monster" book became part of a creative revival that would change comics forever. Their twist-ending tales featuring Martians, killer robots and massive monsters were the very foundation for what would become Marvel's super-hero House of Ideas. So strap on your tin-foil hat, grab your ray gun, and get ready to dive into one of the most amazing eras of comics' history! Collecting TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #1-10. Reprints 8 Kirby-drawn stories totaling 45 pages of art and 7 Kirby covers

(W/A) Various (CA) Larry Lieber
    Experience classic tales featuring mystic hero Dr. Droom, arch-villain Dr. Doom and the cosmic Watcher in one must-have Masterworks collection! Featuring some of the era's greatest talents - Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas and Gene Colan - it's a perfect Masterworks pedigree! This volume will also include a host of amazing extras from the 1960s peak of the Marvel Age - original Marvel Merry Marching Society memorabilia; rare pinups, posters and prints; and more! It's the volume you've dreamed of, so reserve your copy today! Collecting material from AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #1-5 (16 Kirby pages), TALES OF SUSPENSE #49-58, SILVER SURFER (1968) #1-7, MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1967) #20 and #23, and ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #1-8.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kirby/Ditko Vs Kirby/Ayers

Do you know what is special about this issue? In 1972 OVERSTREET didn't.
 Williamson and Steranko rate a mention but not Kirby or Ditko!?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Kirby denied credit for Marvel work.

"The Human Torch (joined by the Thing with ST 125, Oct 1964) received even less attention from its creator; Lieber wrote it and Dick Ayers who was most prominent as an inker, drew it from the beginning."
      - THE COMIC BOOK HEROES by Jacobs & Jones (1985)
 Maybe they hadn't bought an OVERSTREET in 9 years. OVERSTREET began crediting Kirby with the art for this story in  the 5th edition (1974) of the comic guide that changed the focus of the hobby by monetizing it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ever wonder why scientists of the 1960 proto-Marvel Universe thought it was a good idea to supersize insects?

Increasing the length of Kirby's giant menace stories to 13 pages made it possible to add such details. This story is from TALES TO ASTONISH #14. Like the previous issue, it also had a Kirby/Ditko cover. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014


After 9 consecutive issues with nearly equal amounts of Kirby, Ditko, Heck and Reinman art the story count per issue was reduced to 3 starting with STRANGE TALES #82 so that the Kirby-drawn stories could be expanded to 13 pages.

STRANGE TALES #73 - Kirby/Everett cover - shipped Oct 1959
        "Grottu, King of the Insects" (6 Kirby/Everett pages)
        "I Saw the End of the World" (5 Ditko pages)
        "I Was Captured by the Mole Men" (6 Heck pages)
        "I am a Walking Time Bomb" (6 Reinman pages)

STRANGE TALES #74 - Kirby/Ayers cover - shipped Nov 1959
        "Gorgolla, the Living Gargoyle" (7 Kirby/Ayers pages)
        "Beware the Hands of Hundu" (6 Heck pages)
         "I Was Trapped in the Nightmare World" (5 Reinman pages)
         "When the Totem Walks" (5 Ditko pages)

STRANGE TALES #75 - Kirby/Ditko cover - shipped Jan 1960
        "Taboo, the Thing from Murky Swamp" (7 Kirby/Ayers pages)
        "The Return of the Totem" (6 Ditko pages)
        "Doomsday" (5 Reinman pages)
        "I Made the Hulk Live" (5 Heck pages)

STRANGE TALES #76 - Kirby/Ayers cover - shipped March 1960
       "I am Dragoom, the Flaming Intruder" (7 Kirby/Ayers pages)
       "Beware, the Ghosts Surround Me" (6 Heck pages)
       "The Dummy and Me" (5 Reinman pages)
       "I Found the Mad Universe" (5 Ditko pages)

STRANGE TALES #77 - Kirby/Ayers cover - shipped May 1960
      "The Return of Taboo" (7 Kirby/Ayers pages)
      "I am the Beast-Man" (6 Heck pages)
      "The Strange Magic of Master Khan" (5 Ditko pages)
      "Am I the... Unhuman?" (5 Reinman pages)

STRANGE TALES #78 - Kirby/Klein cover - shipped June 1960
       "A Martian Walks Among Us" (7 Kirby/Ayers pages)
       "The Fantastic Menace of Mento the Mighty" (6 Heck pages)
       "The Gargoyle" (5 Reinman pages)
        "Worm Man" (5 Ditko pages)

STRANGE TALES #79 - Kirby/Ditko cover - shipped July 1960
       "I Was in the Clutches of the Living Shadow" (7 Kirby/Ayers pages)
       "The Ghost of Grismore Castle" (5 Ditko pages)
       "I Found the Perfect Hiding Place" (5 Reinman pages)
       "The Thing on the Moon" (5 Heck pages)

STRANGE TALES #80 - Kirby/Ditko cover - shipped Aug 1960
     "What? What? What was Gargantus" (7 Kirby/Ditko pages)
     "The Thing from Dimension X" (6 Heck pages)
     "the Door They Dare Not Open" (5 Reinman pages)
     "Trapped in the Room of Shadows" (5 Ditko pages)

STRANGE TALES #81 - Kirby/Ayers cover - shipped Sep 1960
     "The Scarecrow Walks" (7 Kirby/Ayers pages)
     "A Giant There Was" (6 Heck pages)
     "I Went Too Far Back" (5 Reinman pages)
     "The Thing in the Cell" (5 Ditko pages)

STRANGE TALES #82 - Kirby/Ayers cover - shipped Oct 1960
     "The Thing Called... It" (13 Kirby/Ayers pages)
      "The World Beyond" (5 Ditko pages)
      "Fangs of the Monster" (5 Heck pages)

STRANGE TALES #83 - Kirby/Ayers cover - shipped Jan 1961
        "From Out of the Black Pit Came... Grogg" (13 Kirby/Ayers pages)
         "Masquerade Party" (5 Ditko pages)
         "The Menace of Shandu" (5 Heck pages)

STRANGE TALES #84 - Kirby/Ayers cover - shipped Feb 1961
        "The Wonder of the Ages, Magneto" (13 Kirby/Ayers pages)
        "Twelve Silent Men" (5 Reinman pages)
         "They Met on Mars" (5 Ditko page story)

The proto-Magneto helps set the tone for the upcoming Superhero Age in STRANGE TALES #84. And what red-blooded American boy wouldn't like a story set at a carnival?

Thursday, August 14, 2014


There seem to be several souls out there laboring under the delusion that I "ghost wrote" some or all of these issues. This is not true.
 Mark Evanier, THE SOURCE column (1986 NEW GODS #1 reprint) 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

If your hobby is identifying art this post's for you.

Pappy's Golden Age Comic Blogzine has a 10 page comics story from 1947 that is signed by Simon & Kirby. According to the Final Edition of TwoMorrow's Kirby Checklist only 3 panels are by Kirby.