Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The last CAPTAIN VICTORY triptych of 1983 featured two recurring Kirby Archetypes - the blonde hero (visual shorthand adopted from the white-hat-wearing heroes from the Westerns of his youth?) and the sentient machine.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

ANOTHER KIRBY MYSTERY

THOR #165 was released when the U.S.A. was divided by the Vietnam War. Was it plotter Lee, penciler Kirby or inker Colletta that put the footprints of the American chicken on the uniforms of the soldiers?

Monday, November 30, 2015

NEW/OLD KIRBY IN THE SHOPS THIS WEDNESDAY


BOY COMMANDOS BY SIMON AND KIRBY HC VOL 02
   Jack Kirby & Joe Simon
   Stories from THE BOY COMMANDOS #3-5, WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #10-13 and DETECTIVE COMICS #74-83 and 85, the Boy Commandos must escape enemy kidnappers, encounter a mystical monk looking for items that exemplify modern civilization, set up a pirate radio station behind enemy lines, and stand accused of treason.

Friday, November 20, 2015

KIRBY FULL PAGE PANEL TRIVIA

FANTASTIC FOUR #89 had the same amount of full page panels as the first 11 issues of that title combined. (5)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

37 YEARS AGO TODAY

 An example of why Seventies comic fans were less impressed with Lee/Kirby than Sixties comic fans.

The reprinting of Captain America's origin from CAPTAIN AMERICA #109 in MARVEL SUPER ACTION #11 didn't include the action-packed second page.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

74 YEARS AGO TODAY


MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #24 didn't have a Kirby cover but it DID have 7 pages of Kirby/Simon art making Kirby's third year drawing funny books his most successful so far.  He had 14 covers published and 616 interior pages! If THAT wasn't enough to satisfy that era's Kirby fans he also had 19 pages of story illustrations in three different Goodman pulps!!!

Monday, August 24, 2015

LESS THAN 48 HOURS UNTIL NEW KIRBY/STERANKO HITS YOUR LCS...!!!

from SHIELD #9


   A commemorative 50th Anniversary story that spans the past and the present, and unites Phil Coulson and Nick Fury, Sr. in a unique cross-time adventure to answer a riddle that lies at the heart of the origins of SHIELD: who is The Man Called D.E.A.T.H.? Includes a sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko that has never seen print as part of a story before!
    Plus: The return of Dum Dum Dugan and the birth of the new Howling Commandos! The very first SHIELD story from 1965! And the pilot presentation sequence that inspired the series!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

Pity poor Sal Buscema. Tasked with creating a cover for a comic that not only reprinted two classic Kirby-rendered AVENGERS comics from six years earlier (for a total of 46 pages)...
It also had a gallery of Kirby's first six AVENGERS covers!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

49 YEARS AGO TODAY: The End of an Era!

The final two Lee/Kirby FANTASTIC FOUR pamphlets to begin with a symbolic splash were distributed: FANTASTIC FOUR #56
and 
FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #4

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

If Daniel Acuña's homage to the King introduces just one more child to Kirby's Legacy it will be worth the effort
Cover to UNCANNY AVENGERS #22

Friday, July 17, 2015

NEW KIRBY IN YOUR FUTURE!!!

SHIELD #9
(W) Mark Waid, Various (A) Lee Ferguson, Jack Kirby (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
   A commemorative 50th Anniversary story that spans the past and the present, and unites Phil Coulson and Nick Fury, Sr. in a unique cross-time adventure to answer a riddle that lies at the heart of the origins of SHIELD: who is The Man Called D.E.A.T.H.? Includes a sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko that has never seen print as part of a story before!
    Plus: The return of Dum Dum Dugan and the birth of the new Howling Commandos! The very first SHIELD story from 1965! And the pilot presentation sequence that inspired the creation of SHIELD!
    In the shops August 26 - $5.99
1 in 50 KIRBY AND STERANKO VARIANT COVER

Thursday, July 9, 2015

46 YEARS AGO TODAY once you got past the John Buscema/Giacoia cover...

You were rewarded with 53 pages of Kirby-drawn classic (more than 4 years old) Captain America stories.  20 of the pages were embellished by Giacoia providing a veneer of artistic continuity with the cover.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NEW OLD KIRBY IN THE SHOPS TODAY

KING SIZE KIRBY SLIPCASE HARDCOVER

MARVEL COMICS $200

(W) Jack Kirby and Various (A/CA) Jack Kirby
    Celebrate Kirby's contribution to Marvel history in this decades-spanning collection! Westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor and super heroes - Jack Kirby was a master of it all! Collecting material from RED RAVEN COMICS #1; MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #13; CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 and #7; TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #5; RAWHIDE KID (1955) #17; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #1, STRANGE TALES (1951) #89, #94 and #114; TEEN-AGE ROMANCE #84; FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1, #48-51, #57-60 and ANNUAL #5; INCREDIBLE HULK (1962) #3; TWO-GUN KID #60; LOVE ROMANCES #103; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #8; SGT. FURY #6 and #13; AVENGERS (1963) #4; TALES OF SUSPENSE #59; X-MEN (1963) #9; THOR (1966) #134-136 and #155-157; NOT BRAND ECHH #1; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1-2; MARVEL TREASURY SPECIAL: CAPTAIN AMERICA'S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES; CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #200; ETERNALS (1976) #7; DEVIL DINOSAUR #1; and WHAT IF? (1977) #11.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

49 YEARS AGO TODAY there would be five different Kirby covers to choose from at your local comic supplier.

Not only did Frank Giacoia embellish this Kirby cover he also inked all of the interior pages, 10 of which were penciled by Kirby. The other 12 were the work of Gene Colan.
The other four Kirby covers were inked by Colletta (THOR #132 and THOR ANNUAL #2), Sinnott (FANTASTIC FOUR #55) and Esposito (STRANGE TALES #149)

Monday, July 6, 2015

91 YEARS AGO TODAY Frank Giacoia was born.


He was a penciler of both comics and newspaper strips. Along with Sinnott, Ayers, Everett and Colletta, Giacoia helped define the look of Kirby's Marvel art. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

41 YEARS AGO TODAY - Superfluous Kirby - The THOR File

These panels were good enough for THOR #139 (1967) but not all of them were good enough for the reprint of the story in MARVEL SPECTACULAR #10 (1974). Only two of them were used in the reprint.



53 YEARS AGO: the low tech proto-subliminal ads in Kirby's "The Madness" are not the reason STRANGE TALES #97 is a key issue.


It is the Ditko five-pager introducing Peter Parker's Aunt May and Uncle Ben that made this a key issue.
 
The 1974 OVERSTREET said it so it must be true!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW/OLD KIRBY IN THE SHOPS TODAY Behind this Jeun-Siik Ahn cover might be some young fan's introduction to the King. Thanks Disney/Marvel for perpetuating the legend!!!

   
Hank Pym a.k.a. ANT-MAN learns that a little experiment can land him in BIG trouble! 
    PLUS: Reprinting TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (the first appearance of Hank Pym) and TALES TO ASTONISH #35 (the first of appearance of Ant-Man in costume)! And the covers too.

Thursday, June 18, 2015