Monday, December 25, 2017

I'm surprised Jack Kirby didn't create THE WALKING DEAD.

Kirby's genius was converting pop culture into comic book gold. He created an entire series based on a popular Science Fiction movie he had never even seen. He was inspired by the Depression Era pulp sensation Doc Savage to create two series, one in the 1950s and one in the 1960s. When he noticed in the 1940s that women were buying true romance magazines Kirby created the romance comics genre. He even had Captain America punch Hitler before America entered World War II.
Halloween 1968 the movie that was the template for THE WALKING DEAD comic, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was in the theaters. Fortunately for Robert Kirkman Kirby must have been too busy creating his Fourth World mythology while simultaneously free-lancing at Marvel to notice.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

37 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.

Monday, December 11, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Whenever Lee needed a hand he knew he could rely on Kirby.
from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #65 
embellishment by Dick Ayers

Monday, November 13, 2017

DID LEE/KIRBY START THIS 60s FAD?

Troll dolls were one of America's biggest fads from the autumn of 1963 through 1965.  Was this because of Ulik being a supporting character in THOR in the 60s.
    Actually Ulik the Troll was introduced in THOR #137 which didn't hit the shops until November 1966...
    This page is from THOR #173 (1970).

Thursday, November 9, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 56 YEARS AGO TODAY "When the (Lee/Kirby) Thing Runs Amok"

No, not that Thing (even though two issues of the FANTASTIC FOUR had been released by then).
This Thing....

From the first of two Kirby drawn stories in STRANGE TALES #93.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's penultimate FANTASTIC FOUR cover arrived at the local comic shops.
Sadly the interior art was NOT by Kirby.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

1942: THE YEAR OF THE KIRBY DROUGHT!

There wouldn't be any new Kirby art on sale until next month!!!