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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

This was Kirby's 10th TALES TO ASTONISH cover but the first to be embellished by Dick Ayers.  It was also the first issue with Kirby/Ayers interior art.

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

8 YEARS AGO TODAY

    
The MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 Kirby homage cover is an example of Marko Djurdjevic technique minus Djurdjevic esthetics -  a paint-over of the cover for AVENGERS #4, the only allowed creativity is the altering of the characters into Skrulls.

Friday, April 22, 2016

1 YEAR AGO TODAY

Disney/Marvel indoctrinates a new generation of fans to the King

AVENGERS OPERATION HYDRA #1 $3.99 (KIRBY CLASSIC Variant cover)
(W) Will Pilgrim (A) Andrea DiVito (CA) Jack Kirby
   Join the Avengers - Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk-- as they set off on an all-new adventure against a secret Hydra splinter cell! 
   PLUS: Reprinting AVENGERS #16, presenting the story that brought Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch onto the team for the first time!

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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

74 YEARS AGO TODAY A complete National (DC) collection would consist of 428 books.

Three months earlier the work of Jack Kirby and his partner Joe Simon began appearing in National Comics (and disappearing from Timely/Atlas Comics)

ADVENTURE COMICS #74 not only had a Kirby/Simon cover and a 10 page Sandman story with an early Kirbybot (back when computers were called "calculating machines)...
 

..it also had a Manhunter story that begins at a masquerade party, has a scavenger hunt as a plot device and shows plenty of mobsters getting punched by the hero!

At this point 24 year old Kirby had nearly 1000 pages of art published.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Homage or Blasphemy?


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

Saturday, April 16, 2016

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

Fortunately for Stan Lee, Kirby drew this underwater sequence before thought balloons went extinct.
from CAPTAIN AMERICA #103

Friday, April 15, 2016

1 YEAR AGO TODAY

Name the Kirby characters!
Cover to UNCANNY X-MEN #33 by Paul Anka

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)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

STRANGE TALES #86 - Kirby/Ayers cover 
    "I Created Mechano" (13 Kirby/Ayers pages)
    "Georgie's Globe" (5 Ditko pages)
    "Beware of Meeks Bringing Gifts" (5 Kirby/Brodsy pages)
Once again atomic power causes a big problem in a Kirby drawn tale.
Ditko's strange tale, like Kirby's leadoff, features a character the average comic reader of 1961 can easily identify with.  
A Kirby first contact five pager is the closer. According to Nick Caputo a word balloon coming from a planet indicates a Larry Lieber script.

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.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

More than 48 million U.S. households had a television
More than 15 million households watched Wagon Train.
More than 14 million watched Bonanza.
More than 13 million watched Gunsmoke.

They were the three most popular shows 
No wonder Lee commissioned this Kirby/Ayers cover!
(Alternate post title: ATTENTION COLLECTORS OF THOUGHT BALLOON COVERS.)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Kirby DC campaign to defeat Marvel continues into its 3rd year...
from KAMANDI #19

Friday, April 8, 2016

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

The first year of the Kirby DC campaign to defeat Marvel continues...


from FOREVER PEOPLE #3
words by Kirby
art by Kirby/Colletta

Thursday, April 7, 2016

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby, King of the Unconscious Thor Cover
See also THOR #127, 149, 172 and 174

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

Slightly more 50 million U.S. households had a television.
15 million households watched Bonanza.
More than 13 million watched Gunsmoke.
More than 11 million households discovered Clint Eastwood on Rawhide.
11 million watched Wagon Train and The Virginian
More than 10 million watched Have Gun Will Travel

No wonder Lee commissioned this Kirby/Ayers cover!
(Alternate post title: ATTENTION COLLECTORS OF THOUGHT BALLOON COVERS.)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

You had the opportunity to purchase something historic.
For the first time Marvel reprinted a Golden Age Captain America story. Actually they reprinted two Cap stories from 1941, both penciled by Kirby. Each was finished by a different inker. The 17 page "Hunchback of Hollywood and the Movie Murder" was finished by Frank Giacoia. Reed Crandall applied his considerable embellishing skills to the 11 page "The Plundering Butterfly and the Ancient Mummies" 
FANTASY MASTERPIECES #3 also had another treat for the young connoisseur of comparative Kirby collaborations - a 13 page Kirby/Ayers giant monster story.

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

Captain America's fourth Silver Age appearance was available at your local spinner rack.
Like Cap's three previous appearances since the beginning of the 1964, Kirby provided the art. Cap had been on hiatus since 1954 but Kirby hadn't drawn the character he co-created with Joe Simon since 1942. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did this comic have a Kirby/Rule cover, it also had two stories drawn by them.
Plus there was also two stories drawn by future Kirby embellisher Joe Sinnott.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

Even Lee's War on Women caption doesn't undermine this 1968 contender for Best 100 Kirby covers.

Friday, April 1, 2016

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

This is such a great Kirby cover that if you had bought this comic new for 12 cents you probably didn't mind that only half of the interior pages were by Kirby.