Sunday, July 31, 2016

70 YEARS AGO TODAY


Although the experts agree that this cover is by Kirby they can't agree if the 14 page lead story that the cover teases is the work of Jack Kirby or Curt Swan.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only was there 49 Kirby pages depicting D-Day a year before it happened...
This comic also presented Kirby's only double-page spread for 1943!

Friday, July 29, 2016

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

You could have purchased the 8th consecutive issue of BOY COMMANDOS with a Kirby cover
Sadly, it was at least the second issue not to have any interior art by Kirby.
"NOTE- Most issues signed by Simon & Kirby are not by them."  (1999-2016 OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDEs)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

DC uses Kirby's name to commit fraud.
Someone signed "Simon & Kirby" on this cover, but Overstreet would reveal the crime a half century later... (although it didn't identify who the talented forger was.)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

1973 was a great year to be a Kirby fan. This was the 17th comic that year that not only had a Kirby cover...

It was also the 17th to be written and drawn by Kirby. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel made me feel old by reprinting the fourth Marvel comic I bought as a youngster.
Kirby/Giacoia versus Kirby/Sinnott

Sunday, July 24, 2016

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

Hopefully you didn't miss Kirby's 6th consecutive cover for ADVENTURE COMICS.
There were also two Kirby-drawn stories inside. The 9 page Manhunter story wouldn't be reprinted for 30 years and it would be 67 years before the Sandman story would be published again!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 3rd and final cover for HOUSE OF SECRETS went on sale.
There was a 6 page Kirby-rendered story to go with the cover.

Friday, July 22, 2016

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby and Camelot
Kirby generates gravitas for the first issue of the DEMON the same way he did a year earlier in the first NEW GODS, by destroying an existing mythology before introducing his creations.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

Triptych Zero
After 23 years of honing his craft the King opens a comic with a full page panel followed by a double-page spread for the first time.  The historic FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1 wasn't reprinted until 7 years later, the same month Kirby left Marvel for the second time.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you loved Kirby and you loved love you must haved loved being able to purchase his third Romance comic in 2 months. Yes, all 3 had covers AND interior art by Kirby!!!

Monday, July 18, 2016

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

For a quarter you could have bought SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #141 with 22 pages of new Kirby artwork (he also wrote it!) including 3 pages of collages.


JIMMY OLSEN #141 also included a self-portrait of Jack Kirby, a reprint of the historic 13 page first appearance of the Newsboy Legion from 1942 and the cover of the comic it was from (STAR SPANGLED COMICS #7).  

Unlike Marvel, DC paid artists when they reused their product. DC waited 32 years to reprint JIMMY OLSEN #141.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

When you saw this at the store you could have wrongly assumed that this was a symbolic cover (also known as a no-scene-remotely-like-this-inside cover)
With the Mangog saga Lee/Kirby seemed to be trying surpass their  earlier Galactus trilogy in the FANTASTIC FOUR. Instead of merely eating the Earth, this villain wanted to destroy the universe by unsheathing the cover-depicted Odinsword. 
The four years Marvel paid Kirby to hone his monster-creating skills (1958-1962) was money well-spent. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

AN ERA IS BORN. 
Kirby did the covers for the next 11 issues of YOUNG ROMANCE. He also provided interior art for all of those issues.


Friday, July 15, 2016

89 YEARS AGO TODAY.

Jack Abel was born. He became a Kirby inker after having been a penciler earlier in his career.
Abel inks Kirby's second Groot cover.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

89 YEARS AGO TODAY

Mike Esposito was born. After assisting the legendary Hogarth on the Tarzan Newspaper strip he was hired as a penciler by Stan Lee in 1950. He formed a comic company with Ross Andru in 1953 which went bust in 1954 when comics nearly went extinct.
After Kirby saved comics in the Sixties, Esposito's immortality was assured when Lee enlisted him into the Kirby Inker Army.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby satisfies the Me Generation's need for instant gratification by beginning this 1976 CAPTAIN AMERICA with punching (this time Cap's punching motivation is information gathering).

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were American, odds were one in three that you had read at least 10 comic books in the previous 30 days.
            - source: Mike Benton's THE COMIC BOOK IN AMERICA

Despite the huge potential audience, according to Mark Evanier's KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, the Kirby written and drawn BOYS' RANCH did not sell well and was canceled after 6 issues.

Monday, July 11, 2016

49 YEARS AGO TODAY


In FANTASTIC FOUR #67 Reed Richards demonstrates what a genius he is by reverse engineering a teleporter from photographs.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 17th cover hit the stores.
It was Kirby's third Hitler cover in seven months.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was a good time to be a Kirby fan. 5 more comics with Kirby covers went on sale. These 2 also had 21 pages of interior Kirby art.

 

These 3 only had Kirby covers. That brought his total for 1964 to 60!!!



Friday, July 8, 2016

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

Galactus appears in THOR for the 5th time in 9 issues.
(All drawn by Kirby, of course)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 11th published cover for 1947 was his 3rd that year for REAL CLUE CRIME STORIES. If you bought all 3 you would have been rewarded with 83 pages of interior art by Kirby!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

TWO KIRBY FIRSTS!!!
 
 First Kirby bondage cover.
First time Kirby did a second cover for a title..

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

72 YEARS AGO TODAY


   Some Golden Age art experts believe this cover is actually by Fred Ray, the great SUPERMAN cover artist of that era. It is a testament to Simon & Kirby's popularity in the Forties that DC would put their name on someone else's art. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

the best-stocked retailers would have three DC comics with Kirby story art. Two of those comics would also have Kirby covers.
This was Kirby's 15th consecutive cover for ADVENTURE COMICSIt also had Kirby's 16th consecutive 10 page Sandman story for ADVENTURE COMICS.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

Four more Kirby-covered comics went on sale making his total 16 so far for 1950.