1950 was a bad year to be a fan of Kirby-covered comics. None had been released yet and there would not any for another 3 months. Four comics with Kirby-drawn romance stories had shipped (YOUNG ROMANCE #19 and 20 and YOUNG LOVE #8 and 9) but it was decided that they would sell better with photo covers.
A catalog companion to the exhibition Comic Book
Apocalypse at California State University, Northridge, Fall 2015. Featuring
scholarly essays on the brilliance and diversity Jack Kirby brought to his work,
as well as a rare opportunity to view an amazing selection of the Kirby art that
was displayed at the exhibition. Essayists include Glen Alan Gold, Diana Schutz,
Howard Chaykin, Carla Speed McNeil and others.
Not only could you have seen the Beatles perform "All My Lovin', "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on television for the second time in two weeks. You could also have seen a new episode of MY FAVORITE MARTIAN. You would also have been able to buy new this Kirby-drawn comic that introduced one of the more enduring Silver Age females in the Marvel Universe.
If you were one of the 70 million Americans waiting for the Beatles second Sullivan Show appearance or even if you were one of the 3 million Americans that decided a week
earlier that once was enough, you might have bought this comic new.
If you recall seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show but not this Kirby comic (with cameos by the Fantastic Four AND the X-Men) being on sale maybe you are remembering the rerun broadcast seven months later.
It wasn't 100% Kirby. There was also Ditko Doctor Strange filler (but at
least Marvel warned you on the cover!)
While waiting for the second Ed Sullivan Show appearance of the Beatles in two weeks you could have watched OUTER LIMITS, COMBAT, THE FUGITIVE, BEVERLY HILLBILLIES and MCHALE'S NAVY and still had time to buy this Kirby-covered comic.
If you were 1 of the 73 million Americans who watched the Beatles perform 5 songs on the Ed Sullivan Show or even if you were 1 of the more than 100 million that didn't, you might remember seeing this Jack Kirby and Bill Everett cover on your local spinner rack.
You might have bought this Kirby-covered comic while waiting for the Beatles to make their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance.
Only the cover was by Kirby.
If you were more interested in the latest episodes of GUNSMOKE,
WAGON TRAIN, RAWHIDE, THE VIRGINIAN and BONANZA than the Beatles' Sunday Sullivan Show appearances maybe you were convinced by this Kirby cover to buy...