Wednesday, December 13, 2017

32 YEARS AGO TODAY

SUPER POWERS II #6, with a cover and 22 pages of story art by Kirby/Theakston, was in the shops.

There would not be another comic with more than 8 pages of new Kirby art until PHANTOM FORCE #1 was released 8 Christmas shopping seasons later. Only 51 pages of new Kirby art, divided among 27 publications, would be published from January 1986 to November 1993.

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. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

You might have been 1 of the 73 million Americans who watched the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time but if you were one of the more than 100 million that didn't maybe it was because you were busy reading this historic Kirby comic...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

This Kirby-covered comic brought his year-to-date total for 1969 to 24.
  It also has Kirby interior art.
One more comic would ship before Christmas with a Kirby cover and interior art.

Friday, December 8, 2017

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

These two Kirby-covered comics brought his year-to-date total for 1958 to 23. Both comics also had Kirby interior art.

One more comic would ship before Christmas with a Kirby cover and interior art.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

63 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last three of the 24 Kirby-covered comics for 1954 were available for purchase.


1954 was one of the rare years that Kirby did not dominate the spinner rack. Joe Maneely had triple the amount of covers published. (ADVENTURES INTO TERROR #29, ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS #26, 27 and 29, ARROWHEAD #2 and 4, ASTONISHING #30, 31 and 34, BATTLE #27 and 33, BATTLEFRONT #22, 24 and 25, BATTLE GROUND #1. BLACK RIDER #24 and 25, COMBAT CASEY #14 and 15, COMBAT KELLY #20, 25, 26 and 27, CRAZY #3, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #20, JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #30, JUNGLE ACTION #1 and 2, JUNGLE TALES #1, JUSTICE #44 and 46, KID COLT OUTLAW #40 - 43, MARVEL TALES #120 and 129, MYSTERY TALES #23 and 24. MYSTIC #28 and 29, OUTLAW FIGHTERS #2 and 3, OUTLAW KID #1 and 2, POLICE ACTION #1 and 5, RINGO KID #1, 2 and 4, RIOT #3, SPACEMAN #6, STRANGE TALES #33, SUB-MARINER COMICS #37, TWO-GUN KID #16 - 18, UNCANNY TALES #22 and 26, WAR COMICS #27, WESTERN OUTLAWS #1 and 5, WESTERN THRILLERS #2, WILD #1 and 5, WILD WESTERN #32, 33, 35, 36, 38 and 39, YOUNG MEN #25)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

64 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last of the 7 Kirby-covered comics for 1953 was available for purchase.
 
And yes, there was a five page Kirby story that was just as disturbing as the cover!!!
Obviously, other artists had more covers published in 1953
than Kirby. 
Joe Maneely alone had covers published on 17 different titles-  
ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS 25 and 26,  
ADVENTURES INTO TERROR #20
ASTONISHING #27 and 30
BATTLE #19 and 22
BATTLE FRONT #11 and 13
COMBAT CASEY #9 and 14
COMBAT KELLY #32
CRAZY #3 
JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS  
MARVEL TALES #116 and 120
MYSTERY TALES #12
POLICE ACTION #1
WESTERN OUTLAWS #1
WEIRD WORLDS #26
WILD #1
YOUNG MEN #25
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last of the 16 Kirby-covered comics for 1952 was available for purchase.

1952 was one of the rare years that Kirby did not dominate the spinner rack. Joe Maneely had nearly triple the amount of covers published. (ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS #1 and 3, AMAZING DETECTIVE COMICS #13, ARIZONA KID #6,  BATTLE ACTION #5, BATTLE #15, BATTLEFRONT #2 and 7, BLACK RIDER #18, COMBAT #3, COMBAT KELLY #4, 5 and 8, CRIME EXPOSED #8, CRIME MUST LOSE #12, KID COLT OUTLAW #19 - 21, MAN COMICS #16, MARVEL TALES #108, MEN IN ACTION #5, MEN’S ADVENTURES #15, MYSTIC #7, 9 and 15, SPORTS ACTION #10 and 11,  SPY CASES #10, SUSPENSE #13, 15 and 18, TEXAS KID #7 - 10, TWO GUN WESTERN #12 and 13, UNCANNY TALES #2, WAR ADVENTURES #7, WAR COMBAT #3, WESTERN OUTLAWS AND SHERIFFS #71 and 72, WILD WESTERN #20 - 22, YOUNG MEN #15)

Monday, December 4, 2017

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last of the 15 Kirby-covered comics for 1951 was available for purchase.
So far Kirby had done all the covers for this title and 80% of the issues, including this one, also had Kirby interior art.

It was one of the rare years that Kirby did not dominate the spinner rack. Kirby inker Chris Rule had twice as many covers published 
(LOVE ADVENTURES #8, LOVE ROMANCES #14 – 19, LOVE TALES #44, 45 and 49, LOVERS #31 – 34 and 36, MAN COMICS #8, MY OWN ROMANCE #14-17 and 19, MYSTIC #1, PRIVATE EYE #1, TRUE SECRETS #4, 5, 7, 10 and 11, WAR COMICS #3, WILD WESTERN #15 )

And the prolific Joe Maneely had more than triple Kirby's amount
(ALL TRUE CRIME CASES #46, APACHE KID #3, ARIZONA KID #4 and 5, ASTONISHING #7, BATTLE #4, BLACK RIDER #12, 16 and 17, CRIME EXPOSED #7, GUNHAWK #13 – 18, JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #8, KENT BLAKE OF THE SECRET SERVICE #3, KID COLT OUTLAW #12, 16 and 17, LOVE TALES #48, LOVERS #35, MAN COMICS #10 and 11, MEN’S ADVENTURES #10, MY OWN ROMANCE #18, RED WARRIOR #6, SPORTS ACTION #8 and 9, SPY CASES #6 and 7, SUSPENSE #10, TEXAS KID #1 – 6, TWO GUN WESTERN #6  and 11, WAR COMICS #6, WESTERN OUTLAWS AND SHERIFFS #69 and 70, WILD WESTERN #18 and 19, YOUNG MEN #10 - 12)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

The last two of the 24 Kirby-covered comics released in 1950 were available for purchase.

Both comics also had interior art by Kirby.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 82nd published cover was in the shops.
It was the 23rd consecutive issue of the title to be Kirby covered - more than any other at that point in Comics History!
All 23 issues also had Kirby interior art.

Friday, December 1, 2017

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

 Kirby's 59th published cover was in the shops.
It was the eleventh issue of the title to be Kirby covered - more than any other at that point in Comics History!
All eleven issues also had Kirby interior art.