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)


  1. I seriously doubt that Kirby felt he was the "luckiest freelancer on Earth" while at Marvel. The page rates were lower than DC and while Kirby was contributing to the writing, he wasn't getting paid for it. He had to turn out a ridiculously high number of pages in order to earn a living.

  2. I had always heard that Kirby walked it as they were removing the furniture at Timely, and Stan was all but throwing the towel in. Kirby sat down and said, "Let me make up some concepts to pitch for you and we'll see if we can turn this around." And as luck would have it, it did turn around...but not until we had three years of monster books and then an attempt at relaunch superheroes in a new vein... and the rest is history.

  3. Mark M-- "Half a loaf is still better than none." At least Kirby was employed. Not many of the rest of the Timely Bullpen could make that claim. I'd say he was a scrapper who drew on his years of experience and skills and rescued a dying company (at that point!)