Wednesday, August 15, 2018

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

A visit to your LCS would have rewarded you with two Kirby-covered comics with 17 pages of Kirby words and pictures each.

Sadly, it was the final Kirby BLACK PANTHER and his penultimate DEVIL DINOSAUR.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Proto-Marvel was still transitioning from a multitude of diverse artists to Kirby and the favored few.
 Kirby's 20th TALES OF SUSPENSE cover. (Ditko inks)
Not only was there 13 Kirby story pages, there was also 6 pages by Steve Ditko and 5 by Paul Reinman.

Monday, August 13, 2018

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 4th consecutive cover for CHALLENGERS was his 14th cover contribution to the 1958 spinner-rack zeitgeist.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

Possibly Kirby's 100th published cover 
(or maybe his 113th depending on which comic historians you adhere to.)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 19th consecutive Kirby covered STAR SPANGLED was available for purchase. At this point in history a quarter of his published covers were for that title.
Like the previous 18 issues it also had interior Kirby art.

Friday, August 10, 2018

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

Guess which villain is making his 5th Marvel appearance. All of which were drawn by Kirby.

from 
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #109

Thursday, August 9, 2018

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

 
 CAPTAIN AMERICA #25
10 copy incentive variant


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'Nuff  said True Believers?!
TRUE BELIEVERS KIRBY 100TH INTRODUCING MIGHTY THOR #1
    Reprinting the Thor story from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY  #83 and the Loki story from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #85

TRUE BELIEVERS KIRBY 100TH 
THOR VS HULK #1
    Reprinting JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #112 plus the cover and 10 pages from AVENGERS #3

TRUE BELIEVERS KIRBY 100TH GROOT #1 
     Reprinting the Groot story from TALES TO ASTONISH #13 and the Xemnu story from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #62

 And from DC COMICS for a mere $4.99 there is


NEWSBOY LEGION & BOY COMMANDOS SPECIAL #1
Jack Kirby's two wartime kid gangs share their first adventure together in a novel-length tale written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin!  This issue also includes the 11 page story "Cabbages and Comics ," starring the Newsboy Legion, from STAR SPANGLED COMICS #29, written and illustrated by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

In slightly less than 3 years 25 issues of TALES TO ASTONISH were published.

96% of the issues had Kirby covers.
88% of the issues had interior Kirby art for a total 226 pages.
96% of the issues had interior Ditko art for a total 116 pages
76% of the issues had interior Heck art for a total 103 pages
32% of the issues had interior Reinman art for a total 38 pages
20% of the issues had interior Sinnott art for a total 25 pages.


Summer 1961 Kirby art from TALES TO ASTONISH #25 with comics biggest competitor (television, Pong hadn't been invented yet) threatening the world!



The same issue presents a Heck 5 pager about the wisdom of robbing a Gypsy, no matter how isolated his house is. 
And Steve (the closer) Ditko completes the issue with a haunted house five pager.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had started purchasing Kirby covers since when they first began appearing 27 months earlier your collection would now consist of 49 comics.
This would be the 20th one with ONLY a Kirby cover.

Monday, August 6, 2018

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were a Kirby Cover Completist in 1953 you would have had to spend only 50 cents so far.
You would only have had to buy BLACK MAGIC
All the 1953 issues also had Kirby interior art. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 13th DC cover was available for purchase. 
FUN FACT: Kirby got 13 covers published at DC in half the time it took him at Marvel.
First 13 Marvel covers (May 1940 to Sep 1941 = 16 months)
First 13 DC covers (Jan 1942 to August 1942 = 8 months)

Saturday, August 4, 2018

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete Timely/Atlas (Marvel) collection would consist of 53 comics.
The newest, CAPTAIN AMERICA #7, would have Kirby's 10th Marvel cover (plus 41 pages of Kirby interior art.) 

      Despite Captain America's use of performance enhancing drugs Major League Baseball allows him to play in an official game.

Friday, August 3, 2018

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby immortalizes this famous Freemason on a cover for the third time in 1959!
Like the previous 2 times they were inked by Christopher Rule.
Like the previous 2 times there was no interior Kirby art.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

The release of these two comics brought Kirby's total of published covers for 1952 to eleven.
8 were for BLACK MAGIC

3 were for STRANGE WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had started purchasing Kirby-covered comics since they first began appearing 27 months earlier your collection would now consist of 47 comics.
Kirby's 7th SPEED cover, 
none of which had any Kirby interior art.
Kirby's 5th and final CHAMP cover, 
none of which had any Kirby interior art.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

Although the experts agree that this cover is by Kirby they can't agree if the 14 page lead story that the cover teases is the work of Jack Kirby or Curt Swan.

Monday, July 30, 2018

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only was there 49 Kirby pages depicting D-Day a year before it happened...
This comic also had Kirby's only double-page spread for 1943!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

50 YEARS AGO TODAY


     For the second month in a row Steve Rogers spends part of CAPTAIN AMERICA watching a movie about himself and Bucky.
     The movie date is in the comfort of his apartment with a male S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Plus Comic Book Plotting 101: The Evil Duplicate
from CAPTAIN AMERICA #106

Saturday, July 28, 2018

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

You could have purchased the 8th consecutive issue of BOY COMMANDOS with a Kirby cover
Sadly, it was at least the second issue not to have any interior art by Kirby.

"NOTE- Most issues signed by Simon & Kirby are not by them."  (1999-2017 OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDEs)

Friday, July 27, 2018

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

DC uses Kirby's name to commit fraud.
Someone signed "Simon & Kirby" on this cover. Overstreet would reveal the crime a half century later... (although it didn't identify who the talented forger was.)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

1973 was a great year to be a Kirby fan. This was the 17th comic that year that not only had a Kirby cover...

It was also the 17th to be written and drawn by Kirby. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel made me feel old by reprinting the fourth Marvel comic I bought as a youngster.
Kirby/Giacoia versus Kirby/Sinnott

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

Hopefully you didn't miss Kirby's 6th consecutive cover for ADVENTURE COMICS.
There were also two Kirby-drawn stories inside. The 9 page Manhunter story wouldn't be reprinted for 30 years and it would be 67 years before the Sandman story would be published again!!!

Monday, July 23, 2018

56 YEARS AGO

      The Marvel Universe consisted of four titles. FANTASTIC FOUR would prosper. TALES TO ASTONISH and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (the half superhero and half fantasy anthologies) succeeded. INCREDIBLE HULK did not generate enough sales to survive.  After the cancellation of his series it would be six months before the Hulk would make another appearance.

Even a crossover with the FANTASTIC FOUR couldn't save the INCREDIBLE HULK.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 3rd and final cover for HOUSE OF SECRETS went on sale.
There was a 6 page Kirby-rendered story to go with the cover.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were American, odds were one in three that you had read at least 10 comic books in the previous 30 days.
            - source: Mike Benton's THE COMIC BOOK IN AMERICA

Despite the huge potential audience, according to Mark Evanier's KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, the Kirby written and drawn BOYS' RANCH did not sell well and was canceled after 6 issues.

Friday, July 20, 2018

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

if you went to your retailer with $1.35 you could buy 190 pages of Kirby art: FANTASY MASTERPIECES #4 (45 reprinted pages), TALES OF SUSPENSE #81 (10 new pages), MARVEL SUPER-HEROES ANNUAL #1 (22 reprinted pages), THOR #132 (21 new pages), THOR ANNUAL #2 (30 new pages, 13 reprinted pages),  MARVEL COLLECTORS'  ITEM CLASSICS #5 (33 reprinted pages) 
and 
FANTASTIC FOUR #55 (20 new pages) 


Thursday, July 19, 2018

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you loved Kirby and you loved love you must haved loved being able to purchase his second Romance comic in 2 weeks. Both had covers AND interior art by Kirby!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

For a quarter you could have bought SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #141 with 22 pages of new Kirby artwork (he also wrote it!) including 3 pages of collages.


JIMMY OLSEN #141 also included a self-portrait of Jack Kirby, a reprint of the historic 13 page first appearance of the Newsboy Legion from 1942 and the cover of the comic it was from (STAR SPANGLED COMICS #7).  

DC waited 32 years to reprint JIMMY OLSEN #141.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby and Camelot
Kirby generates gravitas for the first issue of the DEMON the same way he did a year earlier in the first NEW GODS, by destroying an existing mythology as a prelude to introducing his creation.