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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

In the first three weeks of October 1972 DC shipped 20 comics. Only one had a Kirby cover.
FUN FACT: During the same time period DC published 10 Nicholas Cardy covers (GHOSTS #10, FROM BEYOND THE UNKNOWN #20,  WITCHING HOUR #26SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #8SUPERMAN #259WANTED THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS VILLAINS #4FLASH #219JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #103WEIRD WAR TALES #9 and WORLD'S FINEST #215)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

NEW KIRBY HOMAGES IN THE SHOPS TWO YEARS AGO TODAY

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(W) Dan Slott (A) Giuseppe Camuncoli (CA) Paolo Rivera 


ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Tradd Moore 


KARNAK #1
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT  - $3.99
(W) Warren Ellis (A) Gerardo Zaffino (CA) Eric Powell 





INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez (CA) Walt Simonson



SHIELD #11
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(W) Mark Waid (A) Howard Chaykin (CA) James Stokoe 




UNCANNY INHUMANS #1
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $4.99
(W) Charles Soule (A) Steve McNiven, Brandon Peterson (CA) Arthur Adams

Friday, October 20, 2017

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 23rd cover for STRANGE TALES was in the stores, putting him two STRANGE TALES covers ahead of Bill Everett.
 It was the first STRANGE TALES sequential panel cover.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

41 YEARS AGO TODAY


5 comics went on sale with new Kirby covers.


These two also each had 17 pages written and drawn by Kirby. (Royer did the inking on both)

NOVA #5, AVENGERS #155 and DEFENDERS #43 were the 3 Kirby-cover-only comics

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

This was one of the rare months that another Marvel employee had more new covers published than Kirby!!!
Kirby covered twice as many Marvels as George Tuska, Marie Severin, Don Heck, John Romita, Dan Adkins, Dick Ayers, Steve Ditko or Ogden Whitney.
But Gene Colan covered three, making him the Marvel King of Covers for that month.

Fun Fact: October 1967 was also one of those even rarer months when Marvel didn't reprint ANY Kirby art.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

October of 1966 was one of the rare months that Kirby didn't have more new Marvel covers published than anybody else!
He was tied with Gene Colan, Larry Lieber, Stan Goldberg and Gil Kane at two.
 
Gil Kane had more covers published that month if you also count ATOM #28 and GREEN LANTERN #49 from DC.

Monday, October 16, 2017

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

All seven Kirby-covered Marvel comics that were available from your dealer were embellished by a man that considered inker to be a derogatory term.





Kirby and Ayers also teamed up for a total of 68 story pages spread among these five comics.

“Stan told me he was hiring me not to trace. I was to add, to embellish.” – Dick Ayers (from THE JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #13)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

94 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's most controversial inker was born.
An example of Kirby/Colletta crackle.
Why is Vince Colletta considered controversial?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

NEW KIRBY HOMAGES IN THE SHOPS TWO YEARS AGO TODAY

A-FORCE #5 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) Chris Samnee 

CAPTAIN AMERICA WHITE #3 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) Glenn Fabry 



CIVIL WAR #5 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) John Cassaday
                       

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) Mike Allred 


MS MARVEL #19 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $2.99
(CA) Cliff Chiang


SPIDER-GWEN #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) Francesco Francavilla 


UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $4.99
(CA) Geof Darrow 



Friday, October 13, 2017

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

The third time TALES OF SUSPENSE featured only two story artists Kirby was NOT one of the artists.
He DID do the cover though 
(with Ayers embellishing.)
Ditko and Reinman were the interior artists.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

45 YEARS AGO TODAY did Marvel think that Gil Kane could improve on Kirby?

WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #19 reprinted the entire contents of TALES OF SUSPENSE #24 from 11 years earlier.
The first two of the four stories are penciled by Kirby and embellished by Ayers. 
But the only thing Marvel didn't reprint was the Kirby/Ayers cover!?!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

 Kirby Dynamics 101
Tilt the background.
Inks by the legendary artist Bill Everett. He also embellished the 20 pages of Kirby art inside. Lee/Kirby/Everett - what a great time to be a Thor fan!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel's line of books and stable of artists had expanded to such a degree that the evidence points to Lee giving one sentence plot assignments to Kirby suggesting single issue grudge match fights for the issues of FANTASTIC FOUR and CAPTAIN AMERICA that went on sale in October 1968.

“Some artists, of course, need a more detailed plot than others. Some artists, such as Jack Kirby, need no plot at all. I mean I’ll just say to Jack, ‘Let’s make the next villain be Dr. Doom’… " 
        - Stan Lee CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN #12 

For details on the evolution of the Marvel Method go to