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.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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)

Friday, September 18, 2015

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

 Kirby gets Stoned!



All nine of the Kirby covers that shipped September 1964 were inked by Chic Stone.

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

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 from
The 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

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 16, 2015

53 YEARS AGO

      The Marvel Universe consisted of four titles. FANTASTIC FOUR would prosper. TALES TO ASTONISH and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (the half superhero and half fantasy anthologies) succeeded. INCREDIBLE HULK did not generate enough sales to survive.  After the cancellation of his series it would be six months before the Hulk would make another appearance.
     I thought that it would illuminating to compare the sales of a successful Lee/Kirby concept to an unsuccessful one from the same year. Unfortunately the only Marvel titles I was able to find the average monthly 1962 sales for were MODELING WITH MILLIE (143,476), PATSY & HEDY (139,855), TALES TO ASTONISH (139,167), STRANGE TALES  (136,637), JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (132,113), GUNSMOKE WESTERN (126,475) and TALES OF SUSPENSE (126,140).
     At least 43 comics were outselling Marvel's titles in 1962 including CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (195,000), BETTY AND VERONICA  (302,820), BATMAN (410,000), CASPER (436,153) and SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN (470,000).  

Even a crossover with the FANTASTIC FOUR couldn't save the INCREDIBLE HULK.