Thursday, December 31, 2015
48 YEARS AGO TODAY the transporter/teleporter device providing the dramatic entrance of THOR #135's villain was NOT a Star Trek influence. The first episode was broadcast less than a month before so this issue would already be on the way to the printers when Kirby first watched the show in his home studio.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
The 1983 SILVER STAR visual novel was based on a screenplay written by Jack Kirby and Steve Sherman 7 years earlier. The first draft story treatment was printed in the 21st issue of the Kirby-Estate authorized 'zine THE JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
BOY COMMANDOS BY SIMON AND KIRBY HC VOL 02Jack 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.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
TALES TO ASTONISH #9, which shipped Christmas week of 1959, was the first issue to have a character make a return appearance. The character was a Kirby-drawn genie.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
If you had been a FANTASTIC FOUR reader for less than five years the never-before-reprinted story in MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS #18 would be new to you.
Part of the fun of rereading Silver Age Marvels is knowing now that Lee would provide the beginning and ending and task the artist/co-plotter with supplying the middle. Superhero stories being formulaic that was frequently as simple as choreographing fight sequences. Having the alien interact with gangsters was probably a Kirby contribution.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
73 YEARS AGO TODAY a retailer that sold both Harvey and National comics would have five Kirby-covered comics on display: ADVENTURE COMICS #79, CHAMP #23, GREEN HORNET #9, SPEED COMICS #23 and STAR SPANGLED COMICS #14.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
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!!!
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
In slightly less than 3 years 25 issues of TALES TO ASTONISH were published.
96% of the issues had Kirby covers.
88% of the issues had interior Kirby art for a total 226 pages.
96% of the issues had interior Ditko art for a total 116 pages
76% of the issues had interior Heck art for a total 103 pages
32% of the issues had interior Reinman art for a total 38 pages
20% of the issues had interior Sinnott art for a total 25 pages.
Summer 1961 Kirby art from TALES TO ASTONISH #25 with comics biggest competitor (television, Pong hadn't been invented yet) threatening the world!
The same issue presents a Heck 5 pager about the wisdom of robbing a Gypsy, no matter how isolated his house is.And Steve (the closer) Ditko completes the issue with a haunted house five pager.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
43 YEARS AGO TODAY your retailer would have four Kirby comics for you to choose from. Two of them, DEMON #1 and MISTER MIRACLE #10, would be DC comics with new Kirby covers and new Kirby interior art.
The other two would be Marvels. MONSTERS ON THE PROWL #19 (reprinting two Kirby stories from the early Sixties) and
reprinting the Kirby story fromThe new cover for the old Kirby story is by the younger of the talented Buscema brothers, Sal. As if it was not already unfair to task Sal with creating a composition that would inevitably be compared with Jack's it was further hampered by unnecessary word balloons.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
47 YEARS AGO TODAY for the second month in a row Steve Rogers spends part of CAPTAIN AMERICA watching a movie about himself and Bucky.
The movie date is in the comfort of his apartment with a male S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Not that there's anything wrong with that.