Sunday, August 17, 2014

THE DECOMPRESSION OF KIRBY or YOU ONLY NEED HALF AS MANY PLOTS IF THE STORIES ARE TWICE AS LONG

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?

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