Friday, September 30, 2016

IN THE SHOPS ONE YEAR AGO TODAY


SHIELD BY LEE AND KIRBY COMPLETE COLLECTION TP $24.99
     Celebrating S.H.I.E.L.D.'s 50th anniversary, Marvel proudly presents the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. adventures! In 1965, having revolutionized everything from super heroes to war and Westerns, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby set their sights on the spy game. Cold War covert ops had been dominating headlines, so they created an international organization to protect the Marvel Universe. Headed by Nick Fury, and featuring Tony Stark and the Howling Commandos, S.H.I.E.L.D. boasted amazing gadgets, world-dominating villains and the debut of the awesome Helicarrier! These adventures include the first appearances of Hydra and A.I.M.; a team-up with Captain America; and countless threats to every man, woman and child on Earth. Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #21
(1961) , and material from STRANGE TALES #135-150 and TALES OF SUSPENSE #78.
     145 pages including 2 historical text pages by Stan Lee from  SON OF ORIGINS  OF MARVEL COMICS. Plus 4 pages of Kirby original art and period house ads.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

What is better than no-hitting the Yankees at Yankee Stadium?
Having Kirby immortalize you on a cover!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

Maybe a sibling or parent bought this Kirby-covered educational comic for you.
Maybe they also purchased these Kirby-covered comics for themselves.

This one also had 17 pages written and rendered by Kirby.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

62 YEARS AGO TODAY

"This is probably the scariest depiction of a prehistoric animal ever in the history of comics. And certainly my personal favorite Bullseye story."  - Harry Mendryk (September 18, 2010)

To see a restoration of this page from BULLSEYE #3 click on Harry's name! That's right, this is the same issue with the Kirby child torture panel...!!!  

Monday, September 26, 2016

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

What is better than a multi-part Lee/Kirby FANTASTIC FOUR story based on a Star Trek episode?
A Lee/Kirby trilogy based on two STAR TREK episodes that were broadcast a week apart: “The Gamesters of Triskelion" (January 5, 1968) and “A Piece of the Action” (January 12, 1968). If you want to experience the zeitgeist of the late Sixties I suggest you watch these and then read FANTASTIC FOUR #91-93.
In the former Captain Kirk is abducted into slavery and trained to fight as a gladiator for the gambling entertainment of aliens. In the latter Kirk visits a planet with a 1920s gangster culture. 
If you would like to have an authentic snack to further experience that era I would suggest SpaghettiOs and coke in an aluminum can.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

64 YEARS AGO TODAY

How much do the makers of the LEPRECHAUN movie franchise owe the Kirby Estate?






Saturday, September 24, 2016

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

This might be the first time some of you long time fans saw Kirby's name (it was the first time that it appeared on the cover of ADVENTURE COMICS)

Friday, September 23, 2016

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby drew the Hulk flying in INCREDIBLE HULK #4
    Lee's captions insist that the Hulk is leaping even though the art shows the Hulk changing direction in midair. It is possible that Lee didn't reject the page and have Kirby draw a new one because Kirby wouldn't be paid for the rejected page.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

This 1968 Lee/Kirby splash demonstrates how their decade of collaborating had honed their respective skills.
Kirby depicts the three characters that make it possible for Lee to craft  a synopsis disguised as a conversation, complete with a comedic punchline. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

MISTER MIRACLE #11 exhibits the archetypal opening for a Kirby-crafted 1970s comic, the visual one-two punch of a full page panel followed by a double-page spread.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel shipped as many Kirby-covered comics as the month before...9
  
This issue of STRANGE TALES, like the previous issue, had a Kirby cover but no interior Kirby pages. Half of the Kirby-covered comics released in August and September of 1964 contained no Kirby interior art.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

Banner decides in the second story of  HULK #4 that teenagers are undependable so he adds a foot switch to his transformation machine!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

Hogun establishes himself as a staunch Thor ally in his third "Tales of Asgard" appearance.

Friday, September 16, 2016

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

Even though Marvel had expanded their monthly output by 30% from a year earlier, Kirby penciled the same amount of covers - nine. Six of the Kirby-covered books had interior pencils by Kirby totaling 107 pages.
Dick Ayers did not embellish ANY Kirby artwork that was published September 1963 leaving a void that was filled by Sol Brodsky, Paul Reinman, Don Heck, George Ruossos and Steve Ditko.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

BLACK MAGIC volume 2 #1 was in the shops with 8 pages of Jack Kirby art inspired by the same legend as this Albert Pinkham Ryder painting from a half century earlier.

To see the rest of the story

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

IN THE SHOPS ONE YEAR AGO TODAY





HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE - $7.95




(W/A) Various (CA) Jack Kirby

JACK KIRBY and HEAVY METAL for the first time ever!  Barry Geller & Jack Kirby's "LORD OF LIGHT."   These Pieces by Geller & Kirby, mostly unseen before now, are part of American history as they were the artwork used by the CIA for OPERATION: ARGO, which helped free American embassy workers during the Iranian coup in 1979.  Also featuring all-new, eye-scorching color!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

There was 9 comics with Kirby covers available for the discriminating consumer. 


 More than half of those covers were inked by Dick Ayers. 
If you were seduced by this Kirby/Ayers cover into purchasing this comic you were rewarded with 24 pages of interior art by the same team. Their combined talents made it possible for Stan Lee to establish that the Fantastic Four was set in the real world by having guest stars anyone would recognize. For an example of just a few of these celebrities 
click HERE.

Monday, September 12, 2016

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Kirby/Ayers Age of Marvel Comics continued.


Examples of pre-Sinnott Kirby/Ayers Krackle.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

56 YEARS AGO TODAY it was the Kirby/Ayers Age of Marvel Comics.

“As the inker Dick had to do a lot of “embellishing” (in ink, but also in pencil, to bring the drawing up to a finish before inking it). Also a lot of corrections and refinements and added detail were required–probably partly due to how fast Kirby penciled, which was always very fast (as much as five pages per day, I have heard–on a good day the most I could ever manage was three, and not on a regular basis!). Anyhow Dick estimated that the inking took him two or three times as much time per page as it did for Jack to pencil. And he wasn’t bragging or complaining–that’s just how it was in those days.” - Rich Buckler
 
from TALES TO ASTONISH #15
Dick Ayers prided himself in making sure that the period weaponry and costuming was authentic.


Not only did Ayers work his magic on this Kirby cover he also embellished all 23 of the interior pages, five of which were penciled by Kirby.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby illustrates the danger of changing the channel on someone else's television set!

Friday, September 9, 2016

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

40 year old Kirby adds Cubism to his Artist Skill Set.
Kirby also provided the art and possibly the script for the 8 page story this cover promotes.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

 After 18 years in the industry Kirby knew how to draw a crowd.
To read the rest of this rare gem

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

61 YEARS AGO TODAY

Was it a conspiracy or just good business sense?
 Kirby immortalizes a famous Freemason!


Fun fact: In 1955 10% of adult American males belonged to a Masonic Lodge.