Thursday, November 30, 2017

6 YEARS AGO TODAY

HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1
the perfect Marvel Kirby primer for the uninitiated?!
 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

The final Kirby covered comic to go on sale for 1946 was either his 15th or 16th for the year.
It depends on if you believe Kirby or Swan drew the cover for STAR SPANGLED #60

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

The newest Kirby covered comic to go on sale MIGHT have been his 10th, 11th 12th, 13th, 14th or 15th for 1945.
It depends on if you believe Kirby or Swan drew the covers for STAR SPANGLED #43, 48, 49 and 51.
It depends on if you believe Kirby or Cazeneuve drew the cover for BOY COMMANDOS #11
It depends on if you believe Kirby or Ray drew the cover for STAR SPANGLED #50 

Monday, November 27, 2017

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were collecting Kirby covers you would now own 81 comics
More than one quarter of them would be STAR SPANGLED COMICS.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were collecting all of Kirby's published covers your collection would now consist of 25 comics.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

122 YEARS AGO TODAY Christopher Rule was born. He worked mainly during the Mostly Uncredited Era of Comics so it is impossible to quantify his contributions to the embryonic industry.

Rule inked the first Atlas/Marvel Kirby cover after the company-hopping Kirby returned from his 17 year hiatus.
Rule also inked the seven-page Kirby story that the cover promoted.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

32 YEARS AGO TODAY

This Kupperberg/Kirby/Theakston collaboration had been in the local comic shops for a week.

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!

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.

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