Friday, November 30, 2018

NEW IN YOUR LCS 7 YEARS AGO TODAY

HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1
the perfect Marvel Kirby primer for the uninitiated?!
 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

The final Kirby covered comic to go on sale for 1946 was either his 15th or 16th for the year.
It depends on if you believe Kirby or Swan drew the cover for STAR SPANGLED #60

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

The newest Kirby covered comic to go on sale MIGHT have been his 10th, 11th 12th, 13th, 14th or 15th for 1945.
     It depends on whether you believe Jack Kirby or Curt Swan drew the covers for STAR SPANGLED #43, 48, 49 and 51.
     It depends on whether you believe Kirby or Cazeneuve drew the cover for BOY COMMANDOS #11. 
     It depends on whether you believe Kirby or Ray drew the cover for STAR SPANGLED #50 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were collecting Kirby covers you would now own 81 comics
More than one quarter of them would be STAR SPANGLED COMICS.

Monday, November 26, 2018

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

 Only two Kirby-covered comics were shipped the month of  November 1947.

This brought the year-to-date total of new Kirby-covered comics for 1947 to 22. And the 21 pages of story art in each of these issues swelled his year-to-date total to more than 500 pages.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were collecting all of Kirby's published covers your collection would now consist of 25 comics.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

123 YEARS AGO TODAY Christopher Rule was born. He worked mainly during the Mostly Uncredited Era of Comics so it is difficult to quantify his contributions to the embryonic industry.

Rule inked the first Atlas/Marvel Kirby cover after the company-hopping Kirby returned from his 17 year hiatus.
Rule also inked the seven-page Kirby story that the cover promoted.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

33 YEARS AGO TODAY

This Kupperberg/Kirby/Theakston collaboration had been in the local comic shops for a week.
from SUPER POWERS #6 (second series)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 61 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 11th 1957 cover went on sale.
Inside was 24 pages of Kirby art. Kirby would have only 1 more cover published by the end of the year.

So far for 1957 Joe Kubert had 21 covers published and Curt Swan had 37 published but Gil Kane had them all beat with 42 covers. Kane would have 5 more covers published by the end of the year!

Monday, November 19, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 54 YEARS AGO TODAY

For the second time in Comics History there were three comics on sale with Thor on the cover.


Of course, all 3 covers were by Kirby.
AVENGERS #12 was the only one to not also have interior art by Kirby.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 47 YEARS AGO TODAY

JIMMY OLSEN #145 not only had Kirby's 26th published cover for 1971, the 24 story pages written and drawn by Kirby made his year-to-date total 677 pages.



But besides all of this great new Kirby brilliance. if you had been reading comics for less than 29 years the reprint of the Kirby cover to STAR SPANGLED COMICS #11 and the 13 page Kirby-drawn story it teased would have also been new to you. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Kirby/Ditko Vs Kirby/Ayers


Do you know what is special about this issue? In 1972 OVERSTREET didn't.
 Williamson and Steranko rate a mention but not Kirby or Ditko!?



Friday, November 16, 2018

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

1976 was the last best year to be a collector of Kirby-covered comics. Two more hit the shops bringing his year-to-date total to 87.

That was more new Kirby covers than would be released in the next 5 years combined!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 14th cover for 1951 was on sale. By this point in 1951 Gil Kane had 15 covers published and future Kirby inker Chris Rule had 17 covers published.
So far Kirby had done all 9 covers for this title. Only 2 of those issues (including this one) did not have any interior art by him.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NEW KIRBY IN YOUR LCS 45 YEARS AGO TODAY

A Kirby/Royer cover and 20 pages written and drawn by Kirby made this the 24th totally Kirby comic for 1973.


Monday, November 12, 2018

NEW MAXIMUM KIRBY IN YOUR LCS 44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did Kirby provide the cover. He also wrote, drew and edited the 20 story pages. He even answered the letters.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

NEW KIRBY HOMAGES IN YOUR LCS 3 YEARS AGO TODAY


ILLUMINATI #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99


ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $4.99


ALL NEW HAWKEYE #1
 JEFF LEMIRE KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT -  $3.99

Saturday, November 10, 2018

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

 Kirby's 56th published cover was in the shops.
It was the 10th issue of the title to be Kirby-covered, his longest streak at that point in Comics History!
And all ten issues also had Kirby interior art.

Friday, November 9, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 57 YEARS AGO TODAY. Kirby or Ditko?

Two Morrow's 1998 FINAL EDITION JACK KIRBY CHECKLIST lists the cover of STRANGE TALES #93 as being Ditko embellishing Kirby pencils. As does http://www.comics.org/issue/16780/ and Mike's Amazing World.

However http://ditkocultist.com claims it is actually the first cover of STRANGE TALES that Ditko both penciled and inked....

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Ever wonder why scientists of the 1960 proto-Marvel Universe thought it was a good idea to supersize insects?

Increasing the length of Kirby's giant menace stories to 13 pages made it possible to add such details. This story is from TALES TO ASTONISH #14. Like the previous issue, it also had a Kirby/Ditko cover. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

After 10 months, 5 issues and 120 pages neither Lee or Kirby had come up with the anger-as-transformation-trigger for the Hulk yet.

It seems obvious now but in 1962 it was an idea still waiting to be thought.

Monday, November 5, 2018

80 YEARS AGO TODAY: Jim Steranko, the genius that brought Pop Art to comics, was born

If you were a Kirby fan in the mid 1960s you probably still cherish the few months that Kirby collaborated with the future superstar writer/artist.



Sunday, November 4, 2018

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 58 YEARS AGO TODAY

Although the Kirby cover was inked by Steve Ditko the 13 page story was inked by Dick Ayers

But don't feel bad for Mr Ditko. There was also a 5 page story pencilled and inked by Ditko.