Monday, November 20, 2017

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 11th 1957 cover went on sale.
Inside was 24 pages of Kirby art. What a bargain for 12 cents. Kirby would have only 1 more cover published by the end of the year.

So far for 1957 Joe Kubert had 21 covers published and Curt Swan had 37 published but Gil Kane had them all beat with 42 covers. Kane would have 5 more covers published by the end of the year!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

For the second time in Comics History there were three comics on sale with Thor on the cover.


Of course, they were all by Kirby.

Friday, November 17, 2017

70 YEARS AGO TODAY

So far only one Kirby-covered comic for the month had shipped.
This brought the year-to-date total of new Kirby-covered comics for 1947 to 21. All but one of which also had Kirby interior art.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

41 YEARS AGO TODAY

1976 was the last best year to be a collector of Kirby-covered comics. Two more hit the shops bringing his year-to-date total to 87.

That was more new Kirby covers than would be released in the next 5 years combined!!!

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 14th cover for 1951 was on sale.
So far Kirby had done all 9 covers for this title. Only 2 of those issues (including this one) did not have any interior art by him.

By this point in 1951 Gil Kane had 15 covers published and future Kirby inker Chris Rule had 17 covers published.

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).

Sunday, November 12, 2017

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

In the shops - Kirby/Ditko versus Kirby/Ayers


AND THE COMIC FANS WIN!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

NEW KIRBY HOMAGES IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

ILLUMINATI #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99


ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $4.99


ALL NEW HAWKEYE #1
 KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT -  $3.99

Friday, November 10, 2017

75 YEARS AGO

 Kirby's 56th published cover was in the shops.
It was the 10th issue of the title to be Kirby-covered, his longest streak at that point in Comics History!
And all ten issues also had Kirby interior art.

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.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

55 YEARS AGO TODAY


JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #88 had the second appearance of Loki and the third for Odin. 
The 13 page story contains more panels depicting the fabled realm than the five previous issues combined!

One of the six panels on the last page was not by Kirby and Ayers.  To find out which panel it is and who drew it go to:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

After 10 months, 5 issues and 120 pages neither Lee or Kirby had come up with the anger-as-transformation-trigger for the Hulk yet.

It seems obvious now but in 1962 it was an idea still waiting to be thought.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

79 YEARS AGO TODAY: Jim Steranko, the genius that brought Pop Art to comics, was born

If you were a Kirby fan in the mid 1960s you probably still cherish the few months that Kirby collaborated with the future superstar writer/artist.



Saturday, November 4, 2017

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

The only Kirby-covered comic for November 1958 had already shipped.
And it didn't even have any Kirby interior art.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

90 YEARS AGO TODAY A legendary Kirby inker was born

54 years ago this rare Kirby/Ditko cover collaboration went on sale.
Three years earlier Steve Ditko did the art for a five page Charlton Comics Thor story.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

Your complete collection of Kirby-covered comics would now number 23.
The most recent one would be the 9th one without any Kirby artwork inside.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

 It was a happy Halloween for fans of Kirby/Ditko Monster covers.

Monday, October 30, 2017

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had been reading comics for less than 9 years this Kirby/Ayers cover, the only Kirby art to ship that week, would be new to you.
Unfortunately it did not contain any interior Kirby art - new or reprinted.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

NEW KIRBY HOMAGES IN THE SHOPS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #2 KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Daniel Acuña (CA) Tradd Moore




HOUSE OF M #4 KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Ario Anindito, Dave Johnson (CA) Dave Johnson 





HOWLING COMMANDOS OF SHIELD #1 KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(W) Frank Barbiere (A) Brent Schoonover (CA) Mike Del Mundo





SPIDER-MAN 2099 #2 KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT -  $3.99
(W) Peter David (A) Will Sliney (CA) Marguerite Sauvage 

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(W) Ryan North (A) Erica Henderson (CA) Chris Bachalo 

NEW AVENGERS #2 KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT  - $3.99
(W) Al Ewing (A) Gerardo Sandoval (CA) Simon Bisley 

Friday, October 27, 2017

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you started buying Kirby-covered comics at the beginning of 1943, with the newest issue of ADVENTURE you would now have a collection of 19 books, all of which would also have at least one Kirby illustrated story inside.
   

Thursday, October 26, 2017

86 YEARS AGO TODAY

 The man who wrote the scripts that Kirby ignored was born.
 
"Let me put it this way: I wouldn't swear to it, but I have no recollection of ever writing a story that had already been penciled. A full script is the only way I know how to write."
         Larry Lieber from Alter Ego Vol. 3 #2

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, October 24, 2017

43 YEARS AGO TODAY: Cover Composition 101

Multiple foreground gun barrels aimed at the hero with a gun-sight-suggesting background circle. KA-CHING!!
If you missed this issue you had to wait 34 years for it to be reprinted.

Monday, October 23, 2017