Friday, December 30, 2016

Why it is impossible to get an accurate lifetime page count of Kirby's art.


Mort Meskin working on a Crestwood studios page. Jack Kirby drew the top right panel and Meskin the bottom center one. Mort Meskin was one of the most influential comic artists of the 20th century. Meskin is the common influence on Steve Ditko and Joe Kubert's style.
    Mort's son Peter maintains the site that this photo is from: http://www.mortmeskin.net/ It has checklists, rare artwork, family photos and more. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

 
Kirby's last published cover of 1942 hit the stores bringing his total for the year to 36, more than any previous year. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

94 YEARS AGO TODAY THE MAESTRO OF THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE WAS BORN.

"Lee's dialogue was witty and filled with character. Place it over exciting visual storytelling by Kirby or Ditko and you had something very special." - Mark Evanier KIRBY KING OF COMICS




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Examples of superstar artists of the 'Nineties collaborating on Kirby's last story.

Here are half of the pages Danny Miki inked for PHANTOM FORCE #1 
and one third of the pages that Erik Larsen inked. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

33 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last CAPTAIN VICTORY triptych of 1983 featured two recurring Kirby Archetypes - the blonde hero and the sentient machine.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

THE PERFECT PRESENT

from MARVEL HOLIDAY MAGAZINE #16 (2010)
Words by Stan Lee 
Art by Nick Dragotta

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Kirby constant in his Sixties work was the frequent use of full-page close-ups.

The seventies reprinting of Captain America's origin from CAPTAIN AMERICA #109 in MARVEL SUPER ACTION #11 edited out this one...

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

The third Holiday season that Kirby was a part of the zeitgeist there was three Kirby-covered comics on sale.



And all three also had Kirby interior art.

Friday, December 23, 2016

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was the second Holiday season that Kirby was a part of the zeitgeist. December 1940 there was only one Kirby-covered comic on display but this year there was four.






Thursday, December 22, 2016

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 14th (and final) Kirby-covered comic for 1957 went on sale.
Kirby also illustrated the 6 page story that the cover teases.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

IT WOULD BE A CRIME IF YOU DIDN'T GET THESE TWO KIRBY-COVERED COMICS FOR CHRISTMAS! (one of which is probably Kirby's 150th published cover)

And they also had two Kirby-illustrated stories each, adding up to 41 pages.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

76 YEARS AGO TODAY What a great time to be a Kirby fan!

Not only did Kirby's 8th comic cover hit the market place
There was also 63 pages of interior Kirby artwork divided among 6 stories!!!!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

23 YEARS AGO TODAY if you were lucky you would have been still able to purchase Kirby's penultimate comic at your local shop. It had shipped less than a week before.

Originally intended to be published by Genesis West, PHANTOM FORCE #1 was published by Image with eight inkers finishing the 22 pages of interior Kirby art. 
Does anything typify 1993 more than Rob Liefeld inking an Image Kirby cover?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

32 YEARS AGO TODAY

Winter 1984 was a disappointing time to be a Kirby-loving kid. There hadn't been any new Kirby comics since August 1984 (NEW GODS #6 and SUPER POWERS #5) and there wouldn't be any until the third week of January with the release of WHO'S WHO #2 with its Kirby pin-up pages of Beautiful Dreamer,  Ben Boxer, Big Barda and Big Bear. 

Marvel did not release ANY Kirby comics, new or reprinted, the entire year of 1984. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

41 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you looked beyond the Joe Kubert cover you would have been rewarded with 18 pages of Kirby art.
If not, you would have had to wait 38 years for it to be reprinted.

Friday, December 16, 2016

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

DC delivered a double dose of Kirby covers, story and  interior art at the spinner racks. 



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

What child wouldn't want a comic with a Kirby gorilla cover for Christmas? 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

31 YEARS AGO TODAY

SUPER POWERS II #6, with a cover and 22 pages of story art by Kirby/Theakston, was in the shops.

There would not be another comic with more than 8 pages of new Kirby art until PHANTOM FORCE #1 was released 8 Christmas shopping seasons later. Only 51 pages of new Kirby art, divided among 27 publications, would be published from January 1986 to November 1993.

Monday, December 12, 2016

36 YEARS AGO TODAY

1980 was another of those Holiday shopping seasons when there wasn't any new Kirby comics for Santa to bring to the good little boys and girls. Marvel DID reprint X-MEN #8 (for the second time) in AMAZING ADVENTURES #14 six weeks earlier.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

38 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 1978 Holiday Season found the shops devoid of any new Kirby comics. His most recent books, DEVIL DINOSAUR #9 and MACHINE MAN #9  had been released 3 months earlier. 

The only Kirby in the shops was MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #82, which reprinted all but one page of FANTASTIC FOUR #102 from eight years earlier. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

You might have been 1 of the 73 million Americans who watched the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time but if you were one of the more than 100 million that didn't maybe it was because you were reading this historic Kirby comic...


Friday, December 9, 2016

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

This Kirby-covered comic brought his year-to-date total for 1969 to 24.
  It also has Kirby interior art.
One more comic would ship before Christmas with a Kirby cover and interior art.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

These two Kirby-covered comics brought his year-to-date total for 1958 to 23. Both comics also had Kirby interior art.

One more comic would ship before Christmas with a Kirby cover and interior art.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

62 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last three of the 24 Kirby-covered comics for 1954 were available for purchase.


One of them also had interior Kirby art.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

63 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last of the 7 Kirby-covered comics for 1953 was available for purchase.
 
And yes, there was a five page Kirby story that was just as disturbing as the cover!!!

Monday, December 5, 2016

64 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last of the 16 Kirby-covered comics for 1951 was available for purchase.
75% of the Kirby-covered comics for 1951 were for this title.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last of the 15 Kirby-covered comics for 1951 was available for purchase.
So far Kirby had done all the covers for this title and 80% of the issues, including this one, also had Kirby interior art.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last two of the 24 Kirby-covered comics for 1950 were available for purchase.

Both comics also had interior art by Kirby.

Friday, December 2, 2016

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 82nd published cover was in the shops.
It was the 23rd consecutive issue of the title to be Kirby covered - more than any other at that point in Comics History!
All 23 issues also had Kirby interior art.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

 Kirby's 59th published cover was in the shops.
It was the eleventh issue of the title to be Kirby covered - more than any other at that point in Comics History!
All eleven issues also had Kirby interior art.