Saturday, December 27, 2014

KIRBY RESPONSIBLE FOR MUTANT POPULATION EXPLOSION

In 1963 Lee/Kirby came up with a reusable explanation for characters having unique powers. Mutation. They collaborated on the first twenty issues of X-MEN from 1963 to 1966 and created the first 17 Marvel Universe Homo Superiors: Professor X, Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, Marvel Girl, Magneto, Vanisher, Blob, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Toad, Mastermind, Unus, Lucifer, Juggernaut and Mimic.
A decade later Kirby created 5 more mutants for Marvel without Lee's input: Burner, Lifter, Peepers, Shocker and Slither.




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Lee's twenty years of scripting experience and Kirby's craft, honed by drawing nearly 9000 pages by this point in his career, combined to produce the perfect 13 page Giant Menace story. (and create one of the three best-known dragons after Smaug and Puff).

Monday, December 22, 2014

What is the Subtext?

From August 1961's JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #73

 9% of U.S. households (3,880,000) had a TV in 1950.
87.1% of U.S. households (45,750,000) had a TV in 1960.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The REAL reason Disney settled with Kirby's human creations?

See, there's been this series of science-fiction movies, three in all, the last few years. Maybe you've seen one or all of them. I've only seen one of them, myself, and it seemed altogether Kirbyesque to me.
- Mark Evanier, THE SOURCE column (1986 NEW GODS #1 reprint

A 1972 triptych from issue 9 of the series that MIGHT have inspired STAR WARS.

Monday, December 15, 2014

AN EARLY HONING OF SYNOPSIS CRAFT WOULD BE A NECESSARY TOOL IN BUILDING THE HOUSE OF MARVEL.

This one-page retelling of the seven page "What was Gargantus"  from STRANGE TALES #80 is an early example.
From:
STRANGE TALES #85 - Kirby/Ayers cover - shipped March 1961
    "The Return of Gargantus" (13 Kirby/Ayers pages)
    "The Man Who Fell" (5 Reinman pages)
     "The Ape Man" (5 Ditko pages)

Reinman draws an impressive gypsy and a credible gypsy camp.
Ditko designs an entire prison island for his five-pager.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This Kirby/Ditko full-pager first appeared in 1960.

It would be more than a decade before it would be reprinted. Nearly two decades later it was included in the Ancient Menaces section of MONSTER MASTERWORKS, a book that includes a text "treatment on the subject of monsters in storytelling" by King Kirby.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014