Tuesday, February 28, 2017

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

Only 2 Kirby-covered comics had shipped since 1952 began.
This one had a 6 page story illustrated by Kirby.
(NOT the story promoted by the cover)
This one was Kirby-covered only.

The only other Kirby art that had shipped so far that year were  Kirby-illustrated romance stories in YOUNG ROMANCE #43 and YOUNG ROMANCE #44 for a total of 18 pages.

Monday, February 27, 2017

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

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.



Sunday, February 26, 2017

70 YEARS AGO TODAY

Only 2 Kirby-covered comics had shipped to the shops so far for 1947.
This one also had 6 stories drawn by Kirby for a total of 44 pages.
 

This one only had 1 Kirby-drawn story, a 6 pager.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 5th Kirby-covered comic for 1943 was on sale, increasing his lifetime total to 65.

Friday, February 24, 2017

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 19th consecutive issue of ADVENTURES COMICS to have a Kirby cover was also the 20th consecutive issue to have interior art by Kirby.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

Even though this cover is signed by Kirby some Comic Historians claim it is really by Gil Kane.
Comic Historians DO agree that the 11 page lead story's art IS by Kirby.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

Was this Kirby's second or third 1945 cover?
It depends on if you agree with the Comic Historians that attribute the cover of STAR SPANGLED #43 to Kirby or those that consider it a Curt Swan creation.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

 
Although Kirby DID draw one of the stories in this Kirby-covered anthology he did NOT draw the story that the cover promotes.

Monday, February 20, 2017

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

So far 4 comics with Kirby covers had arrived in the shops since the beginning of February, swelling his 1961 total to 9 covers. There would be 2 more before February ended.
This cover, like the other ten, was embellished by Dick Ayers.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were a Sub-Mariner fan your trip to the store rewarded you with his first appearance in more than six years!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

What do these two Kirby-covered comics have in common?

That's right - neither one has any interior art by Kirby.

Friday, February 17, 2017

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

COMIC BOOK APOCALYPSE 
GRAPHIC WORLD OF JACK KIRBY TP $39.99
IDW PUBLISHING

(W) Various (A/CA) Jack Kirby
    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.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

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.


ENCHANTRESS appeared 15 times in the 1960s

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #103 (1964)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #104 (1964)
AVENGERS #7 (1964)
AVENGERS #9 (1964)
AVENGERS #10 (1964)
AVENGERS #15 (1965)
AVENGERS #16 (1965)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #116 (1965)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #117 (1965)
FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 (1965)
AVENGERS #21 (1965)
AVENGERS #22 (1965) 
AVENGER# #38 (1967)
AVENGERS KING-SIZE SPECIAL #1 (1967)
HULK #102 (1968)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

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!)

Monday, February 13, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 9th published comic cover was his 1st bondage cover. (Who's been tied up more, Bucky or Robin?)
It also had at least 45 pages of Kirby interior art.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was the Kirby/Berry era of comics. This was the 4th Kirby/Berry cover of 1975.
It was also the 4th comic of 1975 to have 20 Kirby edited/written/drawn pages. All 80 of those pages were inked by Berry.


Friday, February 10, 2017

56 YEARS AGO TODAY proto-Marvel had already shipped half of their comics for February: KID COLT OUTLAW #98, STRANGE TALES #84, TALES OF SUSPENSE #17 and TALES TO ASTONISH #19.

100% of those comics had Kirby/Ayers covers and 75% of them had 13 pages of interior Kirby art.
The origin of proto-Magneto (from STRANGE TALES #84) was about a year ahead of its time.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

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.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

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...
You guessed it. No Kirby interior artwork.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

24 YEARS AGO TODAY Topps Comics had 4 comics at the retailers that had Kirby covers.

All four came poly bagged.  Only one of the four had interior Kirby artwork.
SATAN'S SIX #1 had 10 pages of Kirby pencil art embellished by Austin, Ditko, Miller, Royer and Sinnott.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

24 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Proto-slabbing Era of Comics was at its peak
There wasn't any Kirby interior art but there was a collectable Kirbychrome card.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

1971 was a good year for Kirby-Addicts. The third comic with a Kirby cover shipped.

And like the other two Kirby-covered comics it also had 22 pages of Kirby words and art.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

So far 1949 was a good year to be a Kirby fan


All three of these comics also had Kirby interior art.