Tuesday, January 31, 2017

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

1942: THE YEAR OF THE KIRBY DROUGHT!

There wouldn't be any new Kirby art on sale until next month!!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

32 YEARS AGO TODAY

there had only been one comic released so far in 1985 with Kirby art.
Not only did WHO'S WHO #2 have four pages of Kirby/Theakston artwork it also had art by Joe Kubert, Gene Colan, Carmine Infantino, Kevin O'Neil, Curt Swan and Gil Kane.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

So far 1944 was a good year to be Kirby fan. Four comics were already published with Kirby-drawn stories for a combined 66 pages. Two of them also had Kirby covers.
One of which was the 24th consecutive cover for this title.

Friday, January 27, 2017

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

So far 1946 was a good year to be a Kirby fan.


Two of these comics also had interior Kirby art.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

28 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were lucky the last Kirby comic book cover of 1988 was still available at your neighborhood comic book retailer.
 
It was the last cover Kirby would ever do for DC.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was a good time to be a Kirby fan.
 
Two more Kirby-covered comics hit the shops bringing his total for 1977 to nine.

This one also had 17 interior pages written and drawn by Kirby increasing his 1977 total to 51 pages.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

34 YEARS AGO TODAY

If Phil Seuling hadn't created the direct market a decade earlier this Kirby creation might not ever have been published.

from SILVER STAR #2



Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your 1945 resolution was to support your favorite artist by purchasing all of his new work so far you would only have spent 10 cents.
Only the cover was by Kirby (and Simon).

Saturday, January 21, 2017

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

A comic was on sale that both CGC and Greg Theakston agree had a Kirby cover.
 
But do they agree that it is a swipe?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

Since the beginning of 1959 three comics had already shipped with Kirby/Rule covers. Two comics had shipped with Kirby/Rule interior pages.
This is the only comic that had both.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel shipped their 7th Kirby-covered comic for 1977.
Like four of the first six, it was Kirby-covered only.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

39 YEARS AGO TODAY

The first new Kirby comic for 1978 appeared in the shops.
Not only did Kirby write it, it had a Kirby/Royer cover and 17 Kirby/Royer interior pages.

Monday, January 16, 2017

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kamandi, the hero that is just like you...
 He likes Kirby comics too!

from KAMANDI #4

Sunday, January 15, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you bought this comic because the gorilla cover lead you to assume it was published by DC you would have been disappointed.
If you bought it because you thought that a Kirby cover indicated that there was interior Kirby art you would have been equally disappointed.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

The most homaged Kirby cover of all time became a part of the Sixties zeitgeist




Friday, January 13, 2017

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

By this time your local comics pusher should have had all 11 of Marvel's books for January on their spinner rack. Eight of them would have covers by Kirby.
Seven of those covers, like this one, would be inked by Chic Stone
 
House Ads from SGT FURY #16 
If Ditko had drawn more than one cover maybe Marvel would have promoted it too!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

    Three comics with new Kirby art had already shipped since the start of 1967. Three different inkers were given the honor of collaborating with the King. 
    Vince Colletta finished the Master of Mythology's THOR #138 cover and 21 interior pages. 

Joe Sinnott embellished the Sultan of Superhero's FANTASTIC FOUR #60 cover and 20 interior pages.


    John Tartaglione inked this addition to Marvel's Most Prolific Cover Artist's legacy. He also inked the 20 Jack Sparling interior pages.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

1968 was not even two weeks old but already four new Marvel comics had new Kirby art in them. 

Three of them also had Kirby covers. Speedy penciler Kirby managed to keep four inkers employed!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #100 - Kirby/Shores cover
      "This Monster Unmasked" (20 Kirby/Shores pages)


THOR #150 - Kirby/Colletta cover
       "Even in Death" (16 Kirby/Colletta pages)
       "Triton" (Inhumans) (5 Kirby/Sinnott pages)


FANTASTIC FOUR #73 - Kirby/Sinnott cover
       "The Flames of Battle" (20 Kirby/Sinnott pages)


NOT BRAND ECHH #7
       "The Origin of the Fantastical Four" (8 pages of Kirby layouts/Marie Severin pencils/ Tom Sutton inks)

And if that wasn't enough Kirby awesomeness for you and you'd been reading comics for less than five years there were 27 Kirby pages reprinted in MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS #14 that would be new to you. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 1st Kirby comic of 1970
Not only were Kirby's cover pencils embellished by the legendary writer/artist Bill Everett so were the 20 interior pages!!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

 The 1st NEW Kirby comic of 1973
Not only was the cover by the Jack Kirby/Mike Royer art team, so were the 23 pages of interior art and it was also scripted by Kirby!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 1st Kirby comic of 1974
Start with a protective grandfather and a frail child...

include a dog, adapt a plot from a classic TWILIGHT ZONE ...
and mix in a hero that protects your dreams for a surefire winner!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

42 YEARS AGO TODAY


KAMANDI #28 was the 1st Kirby comic of 1975. It was the 6th consecutive issue of the series to open with a full-pager followed by a double-pager.
It was also the second consecutive issue to open with a talking dog.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

56 YEARS AGO TODAY Four new Kirby/Ayers covered comics had already shipped since the beginning of the year.

These three also had 13 pages of interior Kirby/Ayers art each.


If you were a Western fan you probably would have bought RAWHIDE KID #21 and been rewarded with 18 pages of Kirby/Ayers story art.