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.

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!