Saturday, May 27, 2017

75 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.
It also contained 2 Kirby-drawn stories for a total of 19 pages.

Friday, May 26, 2017

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

This newly shipped Kirby cover might have given you a case of 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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

59 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 buy 7 comics!
This is possibly Kirby's 350th cover.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

61 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 buy only 6 comics!
This was the only war comic. Other than one western comic all the rest were romance covers.

Monday, May 22, 2017

75 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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

64 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby had two new covers available for purchase

This brought his 1952 total up to 6
and his lifetime total to nearly 250

Thursday, May 18, 2017

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 10th cover for 1951 went on sale bringing his total to more than 200 covers in 11 years.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

67 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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

69 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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

70 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.

Friday, May 12, 2017

5 YEARS AGO TODAY

MARVEL'S 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.

In order for a movie to make it on to that list now it would have do more in box office sales than current #200 THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY's $334,450,000 

MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS is currently at 29, the highest ranking superhero movie on the list.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

71 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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 100th cover was on sale.
Or maybe it was 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.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

73 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.

Monday, May 8, 2017

74 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.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

58 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 a 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.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

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


Editor-ordered homage art by Marko Djurdjevic

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

49 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

Monday, May 1, 2017

75 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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 3 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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

57 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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

41 YEARS AGO TODAY

Pity poor George Perez, having to draw the 17 pages of artwork that this instant-classic Kirby cover teases.
Plus this Kirby-covered comic was also released making 17 Kirby-covered comics published so far for 1976
And it had 35 pages written and drawn by Kirby increasing his 1977 total to 138 pages.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's dominance of the Seventies continued. Not only was this his 23rd cover for 1977.
The 17 pages of Kirby words and art increased his 1977 total to 170 pages.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

World War Two was over so 1946 was a good year to be a Kirby fan. The 10th Kirby-covered comic for the year was on sale.

It also had 3 Kirby-drawn 12 page stories.

Monday, April 24, 2017

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

1973  was a great year to be a Kirby fan
The 10th Kirby-covered comic to hit the shops, like the previous 9,  also had a story written and drawn by Kirby.


This brought his page total up to 222 for the year and another 100% Kirby comic (MISTER MIRACLE #15) would be out next week!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

9 YEARS AGO TODAY


The MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 had an editor-ordered Kirby homage cover. Artist Marko Djurdjevic's only allowed creativity was the altering of the characters into Skrulls.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2 YEARS 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!