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.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Both of these 1963 covers are by Kirby and Ayers. The stories they promote were drawn by Joe Sinnott and were written by Robert Bernstein.


   Bernstein was a writer that I was a fan of as a child even though I didn't know his name. The barbershop where I started reading comics had a massive collection of old DCs, mostly the Superman titles. Many of the short stories were by Bernstein including this 1961 Swan-drawn one.
 
"I guessed that Loki must be the original ancestor of Mr. Mxyzptlk and that he, too, can be sent to the 5th dimension for 90 days if he could be tricked into saying his name backwards." JIMMY OLSEN #55 (Jimmy the Red, Thor's Best Pal)

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!!!)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

38 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you are in your forties this might have been your introduction to Kirby's work.
 (What child doesn't love dinosaurs?)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING!

Plotting Silver Age comics involved little more than coming up with reasons for people to punch each other.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

An Editing Masterpiece?

Page eleven from MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #57 was created by combining pages twelve and thirteen of FANTASTIC FOUR #75. Originally these five panels took up one and a third pages but a crafty cropping job made the average 1975 Fantastic Four fan blissfully unaware.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Can't cite my source

I remember reading an explanation by Stan Lee on why he decided to create a shared universe with characters that aged and evolved. It was because, based on the Golden Age superhero era, he assumed that superheroes would only last 8 or 9 years.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stark Mansion, like 91.3% of American households in 1963, had a TV.

Of course they had a state of the art large screen table top model. 
They probably were also one of the 1% of households that had cable in 1963! (If you had cable in 1963 you were literally one in a million.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

There is an important difference between the CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN and the FANTASTIC FOUR.


Both series start with the same basic premise: a crash landing causes four characters to become action heroes. Instead of starting with a synopsis splash the more than a dozen Kirby CHALLENGERS began with a symbolic splash. The synopsis splash evolved through necessity when Lee created the stylized reality known as the Marvel Universe by combining action heroes with the soap opera format.