Saturday, March 31, 2018

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you are in your forties this might have been your introduction to Kirby's work.
Along with WHAT IF #9, which had also hit the shops earlier in the month, 10 new Kirby-covered comics had shipped for 1978. Seven of them, including this one had 17 pages of Kirby story and art.

Friday, March 30, 2018

32 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel reminds comic fans that Kirby exists.
Not only did MARVEL SAGA: THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #7 present Kirby story art from INCREDIBLE HULK #4FANTASTIC FOUR #9STRANGE TALES #103TALES TO ASTONISH #38  and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #87 and 88, it also spotlighted two of his covers...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

1 YEAR AGO TODAY

ATTENTION KIRBY COMPLETISTS
THE THIRD NEW KIRBY COVER FOR 2017
INHUMANS PRIME #1
(10 copy incentive Kirby Variant cover)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you missed FANTASTIC FOUR #87 the good news is that it would be reprinted a mere 8 years later.
The bad news is that the 20 pages of Kirby/Sinnott art would be edited down to 18 pages. Only the first 2 panels and last 2 panels of this sequence were reprinted in MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #69

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

"It's an amazing piece of comic art, and one of the most memorable images from the entire history of the medium." - Heritage Auctions

Monday, March 26, 2018

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

1966 was a good year for Kirby fans. These 4 Kirby-covered comics increased his 3 month total to 19.




Kirby also had 207 pages of story art published the first 84 days of 1966.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

Did you finish a 5 day march to the Capitol from Montgomery, Alabama or did you spend your time reading this 20 page Kirby comic with the oft-homaged cover?


(art by Marko Djurdjevic)

Saturday, March 24, 2018

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

These 2 new Kirby covers brought his 1970 total up to 8
This one also had 6 pages of new Kirby art increasing his total to 133 pages.
This one had 29 pages of reprinted Kirby/Chic Stone art.
It was generous of Marvel to comission a new cover instead of reprinting this one.

Friday, March 23, 2018

40 YEARS AGO TODAY

1978 was a good year to be a Kirby fan. The most recent Kirby-covered comic was the 6th for the year.
And every one also had 17 pages of Kirby words and art.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

41 YEARS AGO TODAY

1977 was a good year to be a Kirby fan. The most recent Kirby-covered comic was the 18th for the year.
And like half of those it also had 17 pages of Kirby words and pictures bringing his page total for the year up to 170

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

32 YEARS AGO TODAY

WHO'S WHO #16 reminded fans of what made Kirby great.
The 5 pages of Kirby/Theakston art included a New Gods double-page spread featuring 24 characters and 29 headshots.

Monday, March 19, 2018

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

Even though the cover to CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #3 was by Schomburg it had 46 pages of Kirby art. It lead off with a 17 page Kirby Red Skull story followed by 3 more Kirby-rendered tales.
These 2 were reprinted 25 years later in FANTASY MASTERPIECES #3.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did this comic have Kirby's 7th cover for 1946. He also did the art for the 10 page story that it promotes.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's second cover for 1941 (according to Greg Theakston) was on sale.
CGC credits it to Joe Simon.

Friday, March 16, 2018

47 YEARS AGO TODAY


Only 75 days into 1971 this was Kirby's 5th cover.

And the 23 pages of words and pictures by Kirby inside brought his total up to 133 so far for the year!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

34 YEARS AGO TODAY

You could get the first new Kirby cover of the year  and 45 reprinted Kirby pages for a mere $2. It was Kirby's first published new art for 1984.





NEW GODS #1 reprinted NEW GODS #1 and 2 from 14 years earlier.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

50 YEARS AGO TODAY


If you missed FANTASTIC FOUR #75 the good news is that it would be reprinted a mere 8 years later.
The bad news is that the 20 pages of Kirby/Sinnott art would be edited down to 18 pages. Only 2 panels from this page were reprinted in MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #57

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

 Not only was the cover of SGT FURY #18 by Kirby
So were the first and last pages. The other 18 pages were by Dick Ayers.

Monday, March 12, 2018

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

The battle of the World War Two vets
Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers


versus Joe Kubert.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

An example of Kirby lining up the title characters so Lee could divide the synopsis between them.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's only CAPTAIN AMERICA cover for 1970 hit the stores.
It was inked by Bill Everett and like all the 1970 CAPTAIN AMERICA comics it contained no interior art by the King.

Friday, March 9, 2018

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's interpretation of a popular cover layout arrived at the shops.

The earliest prototype for this layout that I could find was this 1949 cover for a hero of pulp, radio and comics fame...
In 1967 Dick Ayers adapted the concept to the War genre.
 John Romita (senior) did one later in 1967.

Dick Ayers liked the layout so much he used it again in 1968.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Kirby covered TALES TO ASTONISH #20 was historic for two reasons...

It had the longest story yet to appear in that title, a Kirby/Ayers 18 pager about a writer with a magic typewriter.

That left just enough room for a Ditko 5 page time travel tale, making TALES TO ASTONISH #20 the first issue with only two stories and the second issue with art by only Kirby and Ditko.
 PLUS
How could you not want to read the 19 page Kirby/Ayers story that goes with this cover?!
I was too young for this to be the cover that got me interested in totem poles.

It was this one from 16 months later...