Tuesday, May 31, 2016

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

6 more Kirby covers appeared on the spinner racks.
Half of them were Dick Ayers-embellished Western covers.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

A Complete TimelyAtlas (Marvel) collection would consist of 19 books, the newest of which would be RED RAVEN #1. It had Kirby's 1st Marvel cover and story.

Marvel waited 28 years before reprinting it!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 27th cover for 1959 went on sale.
It would be possible that your local 40 pocket spinner rack was 25% Kirby covers.

Friday, May 27, 2016

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 4th consecutive cover for ADVENTURE hit the stores bringing his total of published covers to 38 in slightly less than 2 years.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

DEJAck VU
This Kirby-covered HOUSE OF MYSTERY would have been returned by the retailers for credit less than a month earlier.

Thor Heyerdahl's book AKU AKU sold out 4 printings by November 1958 pushing Easter Island & its distinctive statues into the mainstream zeitgeist of the waning Fifties era.

Maybe Kirby's story from TALES TO ASTONISH #5 could have appeared 8 years earlier if Kirby had read FATE in 1951. 


“Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.”
― Thor Heyerdahl

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1958 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to only buy 7 comics!



Monday, May 23, 2016

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1956 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to only buy 6 comics!
This was the only war comic. Other than a Western comic all the rest were romance covers.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

With his first cover for DETECTIVE COMICS a complete collection of Kirby covers would consist of 37 comics . Kirby was assisted by Joe Simon, Jerry Robinson and Fred Ray.

 Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace slightly less than two years  earlier.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

63 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1953 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to only buy 3 comics!
And they all would have been BLACK MAGIC!!!

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

64 YEARS AGO

Kirby had two new covers available for purchase

This brought his 1952 total up to 6

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's first new cover for 1950 hit the stores bringing his total to nearly 200 covers in less than 10 years.

Monday, May 16, 2016

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

If the action doesn't get you to turn the page the title will!
from CAPTAIN AMERICA #104

Sunday, May 15, 2016

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby had two new covers hit the stores bringing his total to nearly 200 covers in less than 9 years.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

This was somewhere between Kirby's 153th and 169th published cover (depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43, 48-51,60 and BOY COMMANDOS #11
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than eight years earlier.

Friday, May 13, 2016

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

This was somewhere between Kirby's 125th and 141st published cover (depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43, 48-51,60 and BOY COMMANDOS #11

Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than seven years earlier.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

4 YEARS AGO TODAY

THE AVENGERS knocked LETHAL WEAPON 3 off the bottom of  the 200 All Time Domestic Box Office Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation List. LETHAL WEAPON 3 took in $145 million in 1992 which equaled $276 million in 2012 dollars.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

70 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 114th cover was on sale.
Or maybe it's his 129th (depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43, 48-51 and BOY COMMANDOS #11

Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than six years earlier.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 100th cover was on sale.
Or maybe it's his 96th or 107th depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43 and BOY COMMANDOS #11 
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than five years earlier.

Monday, May 9, 2016

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be either 89 or 90 comics, depending on if this is Kirby's 25th, 26th or 27th cover for STAR SPANGLED COMICS (Kirbystorians do not agree on #31 and 33)
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than four years earlier.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be 69 comics with his sixteenth cover for STAR SPANGLED COMICS
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than three years earlier.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be 35 comics with his fourth cover for STAR SPANGLED COMICS


Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than two years earlier.

Friday, May 6, 2016

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be 10 comics with his third cover for CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace slightly less than a year earlier.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Did any of the people that were still reading comics (after the mass exodus of the previous five years) realize that this Kirby-drawn proto-Giant Man character hinted at an embryonic new era of comics about to spring from the heads of Kirby, Ditko and Lee?
The five-pager from STRANGE TALES #70 is set four years in the future, the year that Hank Pym first became Giant Man.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

Another oft-homaged Kirby cover was on sale at your local spinner rack.


editor-ordered homage art by Marko Djurdjevic

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)

Monday, May 2, 2016

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Red Skull was a hacker before hacking was cool! Plus the real reason that the Nazi's lost the war. Was that Kirby-suggested dialog or an example of Lee's character-defining writing without which comic characters would be just empty suits?
from CAPTAIN AMERICA #104

Sunday, May 1, 2016

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

KIRBY'S FIRST THOR COVER WENT ON SALE

Although it also had Kirby's first Thor story it wasn't the first comic with a Thor story. Thor first appeared in WEIRD COMICS #1 more than two years earlier and appeared in 5 consecutive issues.