Wednesday, June 20, 2018

11 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel reminds Millennials of Kirby's Legacy
from 
MARVEL SPOTLIGHT:
 CAPTAIN AMERICA REMEMBERED 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had been following Kirby's Marvel work for less than 5 years there was 25 pages of reprinted Kirby art in MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #22 that would be new to you. Either way the cover would be new to you...
 

Monday, June 18, 2018

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Was this issue of KAMANDI inspired by writer/artist/editor Kirby eating a bad California seafood dinner?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

1975 was a good year to be a Kirby enthusiast. The two 2 new Kirby-covered comics that you would find at the shops this week, like 19 of the 20 Kirby-covered comics already published that year, also contained Kirby interior art.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

60 YEARS AGO

Jack Kirby penciled and inked (with the help of his wife Roz) 11 Green Arrow shorties for a total of 65 pages. As was the convention with the Fifties floppies all the stories began with a Splash Panel rather than a Splash Page.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

TALES OF SUSPENSE #21 was the second issue of that title to have art by only Kirby and Ditko.
Dick Ayers inked the Kirby cover and the 18 Kirby interior pages.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had become a Marvel zombie within the last two years and had a quarter it would have been difficult to resist buying this comic with its 40 pages of Kirby art that would be new to you - plus 15 Ditko pages and 13 Heck pages!

Monday, June 11, 2018

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were a fan of Kirby covers and insect-inspired characters, with only 12 cents to spend, which comic did you choose?
OR
Did you buy the one with the 13 pages of Kirby art?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

KIRBY COMIC PLOT PADDING 101: the fantasy sequence detailing what will happen if the villain wins.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

 My Marvel collection consisted of two comics. THOR #143 and
Marvel paid Kirby more for covers because he knew just the elements to combine to separate children from their money.
Kirby's talent for designing impressive architecture made me begin to appreciate establishing shots more. 

My years of reading Superboy/Superman made me assume that bald scientists are evil. Kirby reinforces this belief by using his "arrogant stance" for the character in the second panel. Kirby portrays another of the scientists projecting the same body language from a different angle in the third panel.
Lee/Kirby pose the philosophical question "Is it wrong to put a blind girl in harm's way to advance science?" Note that the least evil/amoral scientist is the one with blonde hair.
An action-filled flashback explains WHY they need to put a blind damsel in distress (and a girlfriend of one one of the Fantastic Four besides) while also giving a hint of how powerful the mystery character is.
What are they looking at on the penultimate page? Lee/Kirby figured it would be worth another 12 cents to find out!

Friday, June 8, 2018

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1946 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to buy 11 comics. 
Five of them would have been STAR SPANGLED.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

62 YEARS AGO TODAY

4 more Kirby covers went on sale bringing his 1956 total up to 12.

  

All but 3 of them were romance covers.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

63 YEARS AGO TODAY

Two new Kirby-covered comics hit the shops bringing his total for 1955 up to 10 published covers (for 8 different titles.)

Nearly 300 Kirby covers had been published in 180 months.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1953 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to buy 4 comics. 
And they all would have been BLACK MAGIC!

Monday, June 4, 2018

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

Two Kirby covers went on sale bringing his total of published covers for 1950 to 3.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

The release of the fifth consecutive issue of SPEED COMICS with a Kirby cover increased his total of published covers to 39 in slightly more than 2 years.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby had 2 new covers on sale bringing his total of published covers for 1952 to 8. (Nearly 225 covers in 144 months)

Friday, June 1, 2018

74 YEARS AGO TODAY retailers might have had as many as 22 DC comics available, three of them with Kirby covers - maybe...

Harry (Joe Simon biographer) Mendryk says that at this point in time Kirby and Simon had been fighting in the war for so long that the inventory of product they had provided DC with was running out.
 
Comic historian consensus is that this cover is by Kirby but Steven Thompson, who has an excellent blog devoted solely to ADVENTURE COMICS, is not convinced

Thursday, May 31, 2018

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

6 more Kirby covers appeared on the spinner racks.
Half of them were Dick Ayers-embellished Western covers.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

60 YEARS AGO: Was there ANY important 20th century comic artist who DIDN'T ink Jack Kirby?

Pencils by Kirby. Inks by Mort Meskin and Steve Ditko. A rare combination to be savored.

  You don't have 3-D glasses? And you call yourself a comics fan?!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

A Complete TimelyAtlas (Marvel) collection would consist of 19 comics, the newest of which would be RED RAVEN #1. It had Kirby's 1st Marvel cover and story.

Marvel waited 28 years before reprinting it!

Monday, May 28, 2018

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 27th cover for 1959 went on sale.
It was possible that your local 40 pocket spinner rack display was 25% Kirby covers.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 4th consecutive cover for ADVENTURE hit the stores bringing his total of published covers to 38 in slightly less than 2 years.
It also contained 2 Kirby-drawn stories for a total of 19 pages.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

This newly shipped Kirby cover might have given you a case of DEJAck VU
This Kirby-covered HOUSE OF MYSTERY would have been returned by the retailers for credit less than a month earlier.


Thor Heyerdahl's book AKU AKU sold out 4 printings by November 1958 pushing Easter Island & its distinctive statues into the mainstream zeitgeist of the waning Fifties era.

Maybe Kirby's story from TALES TO ASTONISH #5 could have appeared 8 years earlier if Kirby had read FATE in 1951. 


“Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.”
― Thor Heyerdahl

Thursday, May 24, 2018

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1958 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to buy 7 comics!
This is possibly Kirby's 350th cover.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

62 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1956 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to buy only 6 comics!
This was the only war comic. Other than one western comic all the rest were romance covers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

With his first cover for DETECTIVE COMICS a complete collection of Kirby covers would consist of 37 comics . Kirby was assisted by Joe Simon, Jerry Robinson and Fred Ray.

 Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace slightly less than two years  earlier.