Sunday, December 31, 2017

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

The final Kirby covered comic of at least 11 that were released in 1945 was on the racks.
The reason I say at least 11 is because experts disagree on these 6 comics - so it could be as many as 17.

STAR SPANGLED #43 - Kirby or Swan/Brodie? - shipped Feb 2, 1945
BOY COMMANDOS #11 - Cazeneuve or Kirby? - shipped April 27, 1945 
STAR SPANGLED #48 - Kirby or Swan/Kaye? - shipped July 3, 1945
STAR SPANGLED #49 - Kirby or Swan/Brodie? - shipped August 2, 1945
STAR SPANGLED #50 - Kirby or Ray? - shipped September 4, 1945
STAR SPANGLED #51 -  Kirby or Swan? - shipped October 3, 1945

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 19, 2017

24 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 exemplify 1993 more than Rob Liefeld inking an Image Kirby cover?

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.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

Fun fact about the Red Skull: he likes to watch television upside down!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

41 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 122nd FANTASTIC FOUR cover (including annuals) was in the stores.
George Perez did the the interior art. For continuity's sake Joe Sinnott embellished everything.

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!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

The first comic of 1977 with Kirby art was of the bait and switch variety. Unfortunately for those that were aficionados of Kirby art only, the interior art was by Franks Robbins and Springer.