Friday, December 30, 2016

Why it is impossible to get an accurate lifetime page count of Kirby's art.


Mort Meskin working on a Crestwood studios page. Jack Kirby drew the top right panel and Meskin the bottom center one. Mort Meskin was one of the most influential comic artists of the 20th century. Meskin is the common influence on Steve Ditko and Joe Kubert's style.
    Mort's son Peter maintains the site that this photo is from: http://www.mortmeskin.net/ It has checklists, rare artwork, family photos and more. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Examples of superstar artists of the 'Nineties collaborating on Kirby's last story.

Here are half of the pages Danny Miki inked for PHANTOM FORCE #1 
and one third of the pages that Erik Larsen inked. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

THE PERFECT PRESENT

from MARVEL HOLIDAY MAGAZINE #16 (2010)
Words by Stan Lee 
Art by Nick Dragotta

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Kirby constant in his Sixties work was the frequent use of full-page close-ups.

The seventies reprinting of Captain America's origin from CAPTAIN AMERICA #109 in MARVEL SUPER ACTION #11 edited out this one...

Monday, November 14, 2016

73 YEARS AGO TODAY: DETECTIVE #82 was available for purchase.


Can you find the important Kirby woman from this triptych from the 11 page Kirby/Simon story that appeared in that issue?


Friday, September 30, 2016

IN THE SHOPS ONE YEAR AGO TODAY


SHIELD BY LEE AND KIRBY COMPLETE COLLECTION TP $24.99
     Celebrating S.H.I.E.L.D.'s 50th anniversary, Marvel proudly presents the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. adventures! In 1965, having revolutionized everything from super heroes to war and Westerns, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby set their sights on the spy game. Cold War covert ops had been dominating headlines, so they created an international organization to protect the Marvel Universe. Headed by Nick Fury, and featuring Tony Stark and the Howling Commandos, S.H.I.E.L.D. boasted amazing gadgets, world-dominating villains and the debut of the awesome Helicarrier! These adventures include the first appearances of Hydra and A.I.M.; a team-up with Captain America; and countless threats to every man, woman and child on Earth. Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #21
(1961) , and material from STRANGE TALES #135-150 and TALES OF SUSPENSE #78.
     145 pages including 2 historical text pages by Stan Lee from  SON OF ORIGINS  OF MARVEL COMICS. Plus 4 pages of Kirby original art and period house ads.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

IN THE SHOPS ONE YEAR AGO TODAY





HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE - $7.95




(W/A) Various (CA) Jack Kirby

JACK KIRBY and HEAVY METAL for the first time ever!  Barry Geller & Jack Kirby's "LORD OF LIGHT."   These Pieces by Geller & Kirby, mostly unseen before now, are part of American history as they were the artwork used by the CIA for OPERATION: ARGO, which helped free American embassy workers during the Iranian coup in 1979.  Also featuring all-new, eye-scorching color!

Monday, August 29, 2016

9 YEARS AGO TODAY

HOMAGE OR BLASPHEMY?!?
Suydam even painted over Lee's contribution!
 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had been reading comics for less than a decade this was your introduction to the future Kirby co-created movie sensation...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

41 YEARS AGO TODAY

Superfluous Kirby - The Fantastic Four File
Good enough for FANTASTIC FOUR #78 (1968) but not good enough for the reprint of the story in MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #60 (1975) even though Stan Lee dialogued the heck out of it . 

Monday, August 8, 2016

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby further populates the proto-Marvel Universe by creating a terrified circus crowd.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

if you went to your retailer with $1.35 you could buy 190 pages of Kirby art: FANTASY MASTERPIECES #4 (45 reprinted pages), TALES OF SUSPENSE #81 (10 new pages), MARVEL SUPER-HEROES ANNUAL #1 (22 reprinted pages), THOR #132 (21 new pages), THOR ANNUAL #2 (30 new pages, 13 reprinted pages),  MARVEL COLLECTORS'  ITEM CLASSICS #5 (33 reprinted pages) and FANTASTIC FOUR #55 (20 new pages) 

There is a school of thought among Kirbyites that propose you can get all the storytelling nuances of a Lee/Kirby FANTASTIC FOUR page without reading the words. If this is the first time you've seen the splash of this rare-for-1966 single issue story please try it both ways and decide.
Without the words I would be wondering why these people are hunting the Surfer and why he is afraid of them. 
If I was trying to bolster the Words-not necessary Theory  I would have only shown you this page.

Friday, May 20, 2016

What 1975 Kirby fans missed from 1968.

The first 4 panels of this page from MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #56

is actually only two thirds of this page from FANTASTIC FOUR #74.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What's better than a good-looking blonde?

Two identical good-looking blondes, one tied to a chair. (Kirby embellished by Sinnott)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

KING KIRBY'S REIGN 1962-1964

In 1962 Marvel published 134 comics. 89 had Kirby covers and 78 had interior Kirby art totaling 1,167 pages.

In 1963 Marvel published 142 comics. 100 had Kirby covers and 53 had interior Kirby art totaling 919 pages.


In 1964 Marvel published 152 comics. 105 had Kirby covers and 53 had interior Kirby art totaling 983 pages.


And that is not counting the already classic Kirby stories that Marvel reprinted in those years.

In 1962 Marvel reprinted 27 Kirby pages in STRANGE
TALES ANNUAL #1.
In 1963 Marvel reprinted 17 Kirby pages in STRANGE TALES ANNUAL #2 and 13 pages in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1.
In 1964 Marvel reprinted 5 pages of  Kirby in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #2 and 40 pages in MARVEL TALES ANNUAL #1.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SON OF HOMAGE OR BLASPHEMY


The first MARVEL ZOMBIES series was written by the creator of THE WALKING DEAD, Robert Kirkman. Suydam used classic Kirby cover layouts for two of them.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Homage or Blasphemy?


Maybe this Arthur Suydam cover should be added to the Kirby checklist in the layouts section?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In the Sixties Kirby was persona non-grata at DC for being unwilling to stick to the scripts he was paid to draw

Kirby probably felt like the luckiest freelancer on Earth when Goodman overworked Stan Lee (writer, editor, art director and public relations) to the point that he had to come up with the Marvel method of just supplying a plot idea and then adding the words to whatever Kirby decided to draw.
A 1965 example of the sum being greater than its parts. (inks by Chic Stone)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

FREE NEW OLD KIRBY IN THE SHOPS TOMORROW


CAPTAIN AMERICA 75TH ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE #1 
(W) John Rhett Thomas (A) Various (CA) Jack Kirby
      Celebrate the birthday of a living legend with an All-New, All-Different, ALL-FREE commemoration of 75 years of Captain America! From fans' first impression of Steve Rogers socking evil in the jaw, to Sam Wilson wielding the shield today, this magazine has it all - bringing you fully up to date with Cap's comics and films! From a guide to the firmest friends and fiercest foes of Cap's storied history, to an in-depth look at his timeless costume, to features focusing on some of the finest creators ever to write or draw the Sentinel of Liberty - including John Romita Sr., Mark Gruenwald, Mark Waid and the King himself, Jack Kirby! Do your patriotic duty and take home this FREE slice of red, white and blue. Happy birthday, Captain - we salute you!

IMPORTANT: The free copies (that do have Kirby art on the inside) have a Movie Photo cover. The Kirby Covered copies cost $9.99. I'm guessing it has something to do with the Kirby Estate.

Monday, April 11, 2016

WHAT IF KIRBY CREATED DEADPOOL?!



Reality Check: Art by "Great Scott" Koblish. Deadpool first appeared in 1991.  Kirby retired from comics in 1986.

Monday, February 29, 2016

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

On Leap Day 1960 this Historic Issue was on sale. Not only was it the 8th consecutive TALES TO ASTONISH Kirby cover 
it was the first issue to have a Kirby story that was embellished by Joe Sinnott.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

1973 WAS A GOOD YEAR TO BE A KIRBY FAN

Every two months DC published at least 100 pages of new comics All EDITED, WRITTEN, DRAWN and COVERED by the King! (except for November/December)

On sale January 1973
DEMON #7 - Kirby/Royer cover
    "A Witch Boy" (23 Kirby/Royer pages
KAMANDI #4Kirby/Royer cover 
   "The Devil's Arena" (22 Kirby/Royer pages)
MISTER MIRACLE #13Kirby/Royer cover
   "The Dictator's Dungeon" (23 Kirby/Royer pages)

On sale February 1973
DEMON #8Kirby/Royer cover
   "Phantom of the Sewers" (23 Kirby/Royer  pages)
KAMANDI #5Kirby/Royer cover 
   "The One-Armed Bandit" (23 Kirby/Royer pages)

On sale March 1973
DEMON #9 - Kirby/Royer cover 
   "Whatever Happened to Farley Fairfax?" (23 Kirby/Royer pages)
KAMANDI #6 - Kirby/Royer cover 
    "Flower" (22 Kirby/Royer pages)
MISTER MIRACLE #14 - Kirby/Royer cover 
     "The Quick and the Dead" (22.5 Kirby/Royer pages)

On sale April 1973
DEMON #10 - Kirby/Royer cover 
   "The Thing that Screams" (20 Kirby/Royer  pages)
KAMANDI #7 - Kirby/Royer cover 
   "The Monster Fetish" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)

On sale May 1973
DEMON #11 - Kirby/Royer cover
   "Baron Von Evilstein" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)
KAMANDI #8 - Kirby/Royer cover
   "Beyond Reason" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)
MISTER MIRACLE #15 - Kirby/Royer cover
   "The Secret Gun" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)

On sale June 1973
DEMON #12 - Kirby/Royer cover
    "Rebirth of Evil" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)
KAMANDI #9 - Kirby/Royer cover 
    "Tracking Site" (20 Kirby/Royer pages) 

On sale July 1973
DEMON #13 - Kirby/Royer cover
    "The Night of the Demon" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)
KAMANDI #10 - Kirby/Royer cover 
    "Killer Germ" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)
MISTER MIRACLE #16 - Kirby/Royer cover
    "Shilo Norman, Super Trouble" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)

On sale August 1973
DEMON #14 - Kirby/Royer cover 
     "Witchboy" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)
KAMANDI #11 - Kirby/Royer cover 
     "The Devil" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)

On sale September 1973
DEMON #15 - Kirby/Royer cover
   "The One who Vanished" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)
KAMANDI #12 - Kirby/Royer cover
   "The Devil and Mr. Sacker" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)
MISTER MIRACLE #17 - cover 
   "Murder Lodge" (20 pages)

On sale October 1973
DEMON #16 - Kirby/Royer cover 
    "The Immortal Enemy" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)
KAMANDI #13 - Kirby/Royer cover 
    "Hell at Hialeah" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)

On sale November 1973
KAMANDI #14 - Kirby/Royer cover 
     "Winner Take All" (20 Kirby/Royer pages) 
MISTER MIRACLE #18 - cover
    "Wild Wild Wedding Guests" (20 pages)

On sale December 1973
KAMANDI #15 - Kirby/Royer cover  
    "The Watergate Secrets" (20 Kirby/Royer pages)


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Kirby rarity

A Captain America story that doesn't start with action! (and there isn't any action on page two either!!!)