Saturday, November 29, 2014

"Some comics historians theorize he may have been an inker on some portion of Kirby's landmark comic Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961), for which George Klein is the generally recognized, uncredited inker. Others note the long lag time between Rule's last confirmed credit and the Fantastic Four premiere. The Jack Kirby Museum, singularly and with no specified corroboration, gives Rule credit for stories as late as "I Dream of Doom" in Strange Tales #96 (May 1962), and lists him as inker for one of three chapters in The Fantastic Four #1 (the 12-page "The Fantastic Four Meet the Moleman") and the 24-page entirety of The Fantastic Four #2 (Jan. 1962)"


Friday, November 28, 2014

After presenting 60 stories by 15 different artists* in 13 issues, the 14th issue of TALES OF SUSPENSE was the first to have only two stories by two different artists.

Of course, one of those artists was Kirby, who also provided the cover. The other was Ditko.


*Kirby, Ayers, Burgos, Crandall, Ditko, Everett, Reinman, Heck, Buscema, Forgione, Sinnott, Williamson, Forte, Lieber and Heath.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

From January 1956 to September 1958 15 issues of WORLD OF FANTASY were published. They presented 90 stories by 49 artists.

Talents as diverse as Bernard Krigstein
Gene Colan

Mort Meskin
Manny Stallman
and future Kirby inker, Chris Rule
 
Early November 1958 WORLD OF FANTASY #16 shipped. It had the debut appearances in that title of three men that many credit with saving Marvel Comics and possibly the entire industry from extinction in the next decade.
 Joe Sinnott, many fans' favorite Kirby inker.
Steve Ditko
 
 and the savior of superhero comics - Kirby.



Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fin Fang Foom marked the end of 13 page Giant Menace Era. Starting with STRANGE TALES #90 Kirby's lead stories were cut back to seven pages.

Coincidence-filled alien invader stories with twist endings supplied by unlikely heroes filled the void. 
There isn't a story that can't be made better by setting it at a circus.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lee and Kirby hit the ball and touched them all with their lead story for STRANGE TALES #89.

"When I was a kid, I loved going to the movies. When I say a kid, I mean 10, 11, 12 years old. And there was one movie I'd seen. I remember nothing about it except the name. It took place in China, I believe, and the name of the movie was Chu Chin Chow. Now I have no idea what it meant — I don't know if it was somebody's name or a country or a city, but I never forgot that name. Those three words just stuck in my memory: Chu Chin Chow. So when I was looking for the name of a monster, I remember Chu Chin Chow ... and that particular meter, that beat, somehow led to Fin Fang Foom."  Stan Lee (from ALTER EGO #3)