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!

Friday, April 21, 2017

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 11th new cover for 1970 hit the stands.
Inside was 30 pages of reprinted Kirby art.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete National (DC) collection would consist of 428 books. 
Three months earlier the work of Jack Kirby and his partner Joe Simon began appearing in National Comics (and disappearing from Timely/Atlas Comics)

ADVENTURE COMICS #74 not only had a Kirby/Simon cover and a 10 page Sandman story with an early Kirbybot (back when computers were called "calculating machines)...
 

..it also had a Manhunter story that begins at a masquerade party, has a scavenger hunt as a plot device and shows plenty of mobsters getting punched by the hero!

At this point 24 year old Kirby already had nearly 1000 pages of art published.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

1972 was a good year to be a Kirby fan. With the arrival of NEW GODS #9 at the shops he now had 7 covers and 204 pages of words and pictures published for the year.

Monday, April 17, 2017

41 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's penultimate Odin cover (Joe Sinnott inks)
Interior art by John Buscema not Kirby.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

SO FAR KIRBY WAS ONLY AVERAGING ONE PUBLISHED COVER A MONTH FOR 1958

Half of them were for CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN.
COTU also accounted for nearly half of the 102 pages of Kirby interior art published at this point in 1958.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2 YEARS AGO TODAY

Name the Kirby characters!
Cover to UNCANNY X-MEN #33 by Paul Anka

Friday, April 14, 2017

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

TALK ABOUT CONTINUITY!!! 
Lee/Kirby's 100th issue
Cover and interior embellishment by Joe Sinnott

Thursday, April 13, 2017

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

STRANGE TALES #86 - Kirby/Ayers cover 
    "I Created Mechano" (13 Kirby/Ayers pages)
    "Georgie's Globe" (5 Ditko pages)
    "Beware of Meeks Bringing Gifts" (5 Kirby/Brodsy pages)
Once again atomic power causes a big problem in a Kirby drawn tale.
Ditko's strange tale, like Kirby's leadoff, features a character the average comic reader of 1961 can easily identify with.  
A Kirby First Contact 5 pager is the closer. According to Nick Caputo a word balloon coming from a planet indicates a Larry Lieber script.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

CAPTION BY CAPTAIN OBVIOUS
 Attention Speculators: This was one of those rare Lee/Kirby THOR issues that didn't introduce any new characters.

Monday, April 10, 2017

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

More than 48 million U.S. households had a television
More than 15 million households watched Wagon Train.
More than 14 million watched Bonanza.
More than 13 million watched Gunsmoke.

They were the three most popular shows 
No wonder Lee commissioned this Kirby/Ayers cover!
(Alternate post title: is that a Rorschach chicken on the Kid's vest?)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Kirby DC campaign to defeat Marvel continues into its 3rd year...
from KAMANDI #19

Saturday, April 8, 2017

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

The first year of the Kirby/DC campaign to defeat Marvel continues...


from FOREVER PEOPLE #3
words by Kirby
art by Kirby/Colletta

Friday, April 7, 2017

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did Hercules, Zeus, Pluto and Tana Nile appear in this issue
it also had one if my favorite Kirby Bifrost/Asgard panels.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

Slightly more 50 million U.S. households had a television.
15 million households watched Bonanza.
13 million watched Gunsmoke.
11 million households discovered Clint Eastwood on Rawhide.
11 million watched Wagon Train and The Virginian
10 million watched Have Gun Will Travel

No wonder Lee commissioned this Kirby/Ayers cover!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

You had the opportunity to purchase something historic.
For the first time Marvel reprinted a Golden Age Captain America story. Actually they reprinted two Cap stories from 1941, both penciled by Kirby. Each was finished by a different inker. The 17 page "Hunchback of Hollywood and the Movie Murder" was finished by Frank Giacoia. Reed Crandall applied his considerable embellishing skills to the 11 page "The Plundering Butterfly and the Ancient Mummies" 
FANTASY MASTERPIECES #3 also had another treat for the young connoisseur of comparative Kirby collaborations - a 13 page Kirby/Ayers giant monster story.

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

Captain America's fourth Silver Age appearance was available at your local spinner rack.
Like Cap's three previous appearances since the beginning of the 1964, Kirby provided the art. Cap had been on hiatus since 1954. Kirby hadn't drawn the character that he co-created since 1942. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did this comic have a Kirby/Rule cover, it also had two stories drawn by them.
Plus there was also two stories drawn by future Kirby embellisher Joe Sinnott.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

This is such a great Kirby cover that if you had bought this comic new for 12 cents you probably didn't mind that only half of the interior pages were by Kirby.