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.

Monday, May 21, 2018

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1953 was to buy every new comic with a Kirby cover so far you would have had to buy only 3 comics!
And they all would have been BLACK MAGIC!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby had two new covers available for purchase

This brought his 1952 total up to 6
and his lifetime total to nearly 250

Friday, May 18, 2018

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 10th cover for 1951 went on sale bringing his total to more than 200 covers in 11 years.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's first new cover for 1950 hit the stores bringing his total to nearly 200 covers in less than 10 years.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

If the action doesn't get you to turn the page the title will!
from CAPTAIN AMERICA #104

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby had two new covers hit the stores bringing his total to nearly 200 covers in less than 9 years.

Monday, May 14, 2018

70 YEARS AGO TODAY

This was somewhere between Kirby's 153th and 169th published cover (depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43, 48-51,60 and BOY COMMANDOS #11) 
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than eight years earlier.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

This was somewhere between Kirby's 125th and 141st published cover (depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43, 48-51,60 and BOY COMMANDOS #11
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than seven years earlier.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

6 YEARS AGO TODAY

MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS knocked LETHAL WEAPON 3 off the bottom of  the 200 All Time Domestic Box Office (Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation) List. LETHAL WEAPON 3 took in $145 million in 1992 which equaled $276 million in 2012 dollars.

Friday, May 11, 2018

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 114th cover was on sale.
Or maybe it's his 129th (depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43, 48-51 and BOY COMMANDOS #11

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

Thursday, May 10, 2018

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 100th cover was on sale.
Or maybe it was his 96th or 107th depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43 and BOY COMMANDOS #11 
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than five years earlier.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be either 89 or 90 comics, depending on if this is Kirby's 25th, 26th or 27th cover for STAR SPANGLED COMICS (Kirbystorians do not agree on #31 and 33)
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than four years earlier.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be 69 comics with his sixteenth cover for STAR SPANGLED COMICS
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than three years earlier.

Monday, May 7, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would consist of 35 comics with his fourth cover for STAR SPANGLED COMICS
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than two years earlier.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be 10 comics, counting his third cover for CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace slightly less than a year earlier.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Did any of the people that were still reading comics (after the mass exodus of the previous five years) realize that this Kirby-drawn proto-Giant Man character hinted at a new era of comics about to spring from the heads of Kirby, Ditko and Lee?
The five-pager from STRANGE TALES #70 is set four years in the future, the year that Hank Pym first became Giant Man.

Friday, May 4, 2018

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

Another to-be-often-homaged Kirby cover was on sale at your local spinner rack.


Editor-ordered homage art by Marko Djurdjevic

Thursday, May 3, 2018

IN THE SHOPS 1 YEAR AGO TODAY

THE FIFTH NEW KIRBY COVER FOR 2017

BLACK BOLT #1
(10 copy incentive Kirby Variant cover)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Red Skull was a hacker before hacking was cool! Plus the real reason that the Nazi's lost the war. Was that Kirby-suggested dialog or an example of Lee's character-defining writing without which comic characters would be just empty suits?
from CAPTAIN AMERICA #104

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

KIRBY'S FIRST THOR COVER WENT ON SALE
Although it also had Kirby's first Thor story it wasn't the first comic with a Thor story. Thor first appeared in WEIRD COMICS #1 more than two years earlier and appeared in 5 consecutive issues.