Saturday, April 30, 2016

IN THE SHOPS TWO YEARS AGO TODAY

MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 03 $24.99
(W) Stan Lee (A) Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko (CA) Jim Steranko
     The MARVEL MASTERWORKS proudly unfurl one of the greatest runs in Marvel history: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko's CAPTAIN AMERICA! We begin with the Red Skull in a plot that forces Cap to do his nemesis' bidding or risk America's nuclear annihilation! Its Kirby action at its best with Batroc the Leaper and the Trapster, and Lee drama at its deepest as Cap relives his first meeting with - and the death of - Bucky Barnes. Last, but most certainly not least, comes Jim Steranko! The master of the medium will take you on a ride like none other with Cap vs. the Hulk, the return of Bucky and...the death of Captain America! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #101-113.
How much more fortunate the Millennial Kirby collector is to live in the century of the affordable reprint rather than the whatever-the-market-will-bear century that the Geezer Kirby fans were subjected to.

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.