Saturday, January 20, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

60 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?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

41 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

40 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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

from KAMANDI #4

Monday, January 15, 2018

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you bought this comic because the gorilla cover caused 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.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

One of the most homaged Kirby covers of all time became a part of the Sixties zeitgeist




Saturday, January 13, 2018

53 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 with covers by Kirby.
Seven of those covers, like this one, were 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!

Friday, January 12, 2018

51 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 Superheros' 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.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

1968 was not even two weeks old but already four  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. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

48 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!!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

45 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. It was also scripted and edited by Kirby!!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

44 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!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

43 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.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018

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

These three also had 13 page Kirby/Ayers drawn stories.


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.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Already 3 Kirby covered comics had been released for 1959


All 3 were inked by Chris Rule. Two comics had Kirby/Rule stories.
This is the only comic that had both.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

THOR #162 - Kirby/Colleta cover  
     "Galactus is Born" (20 Kirby/Colleta pages) (6 full-pagers) The 3rd consecutive issue to feature Galactus. It was also the 18th consecutive issue that Lee/Kirby didn't create any new characters for. 

CAPTAIN AMERICA #112 - Kirby/Giacoia cover 
      "Lest we Forget" (20 Kirby/Tuska pages) (4 full-pagers)
Kirby returns to Cap after a two issue hiatus.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 1st Kirby reprint of 1973
It reprinted this 7 page Kirby-drawn story for the first time in more than a decade.

It introduced the Me Generation to two standard 1962 elements: the  9-panel grid and the ambiguous conclusion.

Monday, January 1, 2018

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

Looking back on 1959 you probably couldn't help but be impressed by Kirby's dominance of the 40 pocket spinner rack. He had 64 covers published that year. 


As 1960 began these are the Kirby covers that you might have seen at the store if they hadn't sold out yet (the cover dates are the dates they are returnable)
The above comic has a Kirby/Ayers cover and a 5 page Kirby/Ayers story.
The above comic only has a Kirby/Ayers cover

The above comic only has a Kirby/Ditko cover.
Besides the Kirby/Giacoia cover, the above comic has a 4 page Kirby/Reinman story and a 4 page Kirby/Ditko story
Besides the Kirby/Colletta cover, the above comic has a 4 page Kirby/Rule story
Besides doing the cover for the above comic Kirby also did the splash page for the story it teases. There is also a 6 page Kirby/Ayers story
The above comic has a Kirby/Ayers cover and a 7 page Kirby/Ayers story.
Besides the Kirby cover, the above comic has a 6 page Kirby/Brodsky story
Besides doing the cover for the above comic Kirby/Ayers also did the 7 page story it teases.