Friday, June 30, 2017

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

1959 was a good time to be a Kirby fan. Since the beginning of the year 33 Kirby-covered comics were published.
This latest one, like all but 15 of those comics, also had Kirby interior art.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 90th consecutive Lee/Kirby FANTASTIC FOUR was available for purchase.

The cover gives away the entire issue's plot, which is finally gotten to after spending the first 8 pages showing how the villain they defeated in the previous issue is disposed of.


Kirby rarely used a 9-panel grid (1 page out of 20 in this case) but when he did it was always a treat.


Kirby proves repeatedly that a three panel tier is optimal for presenting a transformation sequence. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Future movie star Groot makes his debut in a 7 page, 31 panel story.
Cover by Kirby and Ditko. Story art by Kirby and Ayers.
But wait - there is also a 6 pager by the dream art team of Kirby/Ditko

Monday, June 26, 2017

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 17th cover for 1942 went on display.
It was his 5th (consecutive) cover for ADVENTURE.
It was his 42nd published cover.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete Timely/Atlas (Marvel) collection would consist of 46 comics. With the newest issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA seven  would be Kirby covered.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 23rd cover for 1975 hit the shops.
Like all but 2 of those comics 1ST ISSUE SPECIAL #6 also had Kirby interior art.



Friday, June 23, 2017

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 9th cover for 1958 went on sale.
A third of them were for CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

Like the first issue of NEW GODS the first issue of DEMON begins with the destruction of an existing mythology.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's penciling speed is legendary. How many seconds would you guess that it took him to draw his 31st cover for 1977?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

10 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel reminds Millennials of Kirby's Legacy
from MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: CAPTAIN AMERICA REMEMBERED (2007)

Monday, June 19, 2017

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had been following Kirby's Marvel work for less than 5 years there was 25 pages of reprinted Kirby art in MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #22 that would be new to you. Either way the cover would be new to you...
 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

Was this issue of KAMANDI inspired by writer/artist/editor Kirby eating a bad California seafood dinner?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

1975 was a good year to be a Kirby enthusiast. The two 2 new Kirby-covered comics that you would find at the shops this week, like 19 of the 20 Kirby-covered comics already published that year, also contained Kirby interior art.


Friday, June 16, 2017

59 YEARS AGO

Jack Kirby penciled and inked (with the help of his wife Roz) 11 Green Arrow shorties for a total of 65 pages. As was the convention with the Fifties floppies all the stories began with a Splash Panel rather than a Splash Page.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

TALES OF SUSPENSE #21 was the second issue of that title to have art by only Kirby and Ditko.
Dick Ayers inked the Kirby cover and the 18 Kirby interior pages.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had become a Marvel zombie within the last two years and had a quarter it would have difficult to resist buying this comic with its 40 pages of Kirby art that would be new to you - plus 15 Ditko pages and 13 Heck pages!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were a fan of Kirby covers and insect-inspired characters, with only 12 cents to spend, which comic did you choose?
OR
Did you buy the one with the 13 pages of interior Kirby art?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

KIRBY COMIC PLOT PADDING 101: the fantasy sequence detailing what will happen if the villain wins.

Friday, June 9, 2017

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

 My Marvel collection consisted of two comics. THOR #143 and
Marvel paid Kirby more for covers because he knew just the elements to combine to separate children from their money.
Kirby's talent for designing impressive architecture made me begin to appreciate establishing shots more. 

My years of reading Superboy/Superman made me assume that bald scientists are evil. Kirby reinforces this belief by using his "arrogant stance" for the character in the second panel. Kirby portrays another of the scientists projecting the same body language from a different angle in the third panel.
Lee/Kirby pose the philosophical question "Is it wrong to put a blind girl in harm's way to advance science?" Note that the least evil/amoral scientist is the one with blonde hair.
An action-filled flashback explains WHY they need to put a blind damsel in distress (and a girlfriend of one one of the Fantastic Four besides) while also giving a hint of how powerful the mystery character is.
What are they looking at on the penultimate page? Lee/Kirby figure it would be worth another 12 cents to find out!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1946 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to buy 11 comics. 
Five of them would have been STAR SPANGLED.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

61 YEARS AGO TODAY

4 more Kirby covers went on sale bringing his 1956 total up to 12.

  

All but 3 of them were romance covers.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

62 YEARS AGO TODAY

Two new Kirby-covered comics hit the shops bringing his total for 1955 up to 10 published covers (for 8 different titles.)

Nearly 300 Kirby covers had been published in 180 months.

Monday, June 5, 2017

64 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1953 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to only buy 4 comics! 

And they all would have been BLACK MAGIC!