Thursday, August 16, 2018

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 5th cover (his first one appeared 3 months earlier) went on sale. It was his second bondage cover.
His first cover would have already been pulled from the racks and returned since it was cover-dated July 1940. That means that there would have been four different Kirby covers on display - just like the previous month!

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
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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.