Tuesday, July 16, 2019

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

AN ERA IS BORN 
Kirby did the covers for the next 11 issues of YOUNG ROMANCE and also provided interior art for all of those issues.

Monday, July 15, 2019

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

if you went to your retailer with $1.35 you could buy 190 pages of Kirby art: FANTASY MASTERPIECES #4 (45 reprinted pages), TALES OF SUSPENSE #81 (10 new pages), MARVEL SUPER-HEROES ANNUAL #1 (22 reprinted pages), THOR #132 (21 new pages), THOR ANNUAL #2 (30 new pages, 13 reprinted pages),  MARVEL COLLECTORS'  ITEM CLASSICS #5 (33 reprinted pages) 
and 
FANTASTIC FOUR #55 (20 new pages) 


Sunday, July 14, 2019

92 YEARS AGO TODAY

Mike Esposito was born. After assisting the legendary Hogarth on the Tarzan newspaper strip he was hired as a penciler by Stan Lee in 1950. He formed a comic company with Ross Andru in 1953 which went bust in 1954 when comics nearly went extinct.
After Kirby saved comics in the Sixties, Esposito's immortality was assured when Lee enlisted him into the Kirby Inker Army.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby satisfies the Me Generation's need for instant gratification by beginning this 1976 CAPTAIN AMERICA with punching (this time Cap's punching motivation is information gathering).

Friday, July 12, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 52 YEARS AGO TODAY


In FANTASTIC FOUR #67 Reed Richards demonstrates what a genius he is by reverse engineering a teleporter from photographs.
It was only my second issue of the FANTASTIC FOUR 
*KA BANG!* 
Mind Blown!!!!!!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 17th cover hit the stores.
It was Kirby's third Hitler cover in seven months.
It was the fourth time Kirby covered a first issue.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 46 YEARS AGO TODAY

What do these two comics have in common besides going on sale on the same day; having Kirby/Royer covers; being written, drawn and edited by Kirby and being published by DC?















Neither was reprinted until after Kirby's death.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 55 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was a good time to be a Kirby fan. 5 more comics with Kirby covers went on sale. These 2 also had 21 pages of interior Kirby art.

 


These 3 only had Kirby covers. That brought his total so far for 1964 to 60 covers!!!


Monday, July 8, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 48 YEARS AGO TODAY

For a quarter you could have bought SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #141 with 22 pages of new Kirby artwork (he also wrote it!) including 3 pages of collages.


JIMMY OLSEN #141 also included a self-portrait of Jack Kirby, a reprint of the historic 13 page first appearance of the Newsboy Legion from 1942 and the cover of the comic it was from (STAR SPANGLED COMICS #7).  

DC waited 32 years to reprint JIMMY OLSEN #141.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 11th published cover for 1947 was his 3rd that year for REAL CLUE CRIME STORIES. If you bought all 3 you would have been rewarded with 83 pages of interior art by Kirby!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

79 YEARS AGO TODAY

TWO KIRBY FIRSTS!!!
 
 First Kirby bondage cover.
First time Kirby did a second cover for a title.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Thursday, July 4, 2019

75 YEARS AGO TODAY


   Some Golden Age art experts believe this cover is actually by Fred Ray, the great SUPERMAN cover artist of that era. It is a testament to Simon & Kirby's popularity in the Forties that DC would put their name on someone else's art. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

Triptych Zero
After 23 years of honing his craft the King opens a comic with a full page panel followed by a double-page spread for the first time.  The historic FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1 wasn't reprinted until 7 years later, the same month Kirby left Marvel for the second time.

Monday, July 1, 2019

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

BLACK MAGIC volume 2 #1 was in the shops with 8 pages of Jack Kirby art inspired by the same legend as this Albert Pinkham Ryder painting from a half century earlier.

To see the rest of the story

Sunday, June 30, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 60 YEARS AGO TODAY

1959 was a year to be a Kirby fan. Since the beginning of the year 33 Kirby-covered comics were published.
This latest one, like all but 15 of those comics, also had Kirby interior art.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 90th consecutive Lee/Kirby FANTASTIC FOUR was available for purchase.

The cover gives away the entire issue's plot, which is finally gotten to after spending the first 8 pages showing how the villain they defeated in the previous issue is disposed of.

Kirby rarely used a 9-panel grid (1 page out of 20 in this case) but when he did it was always a treat.

Kirby proves repeatedly that a three panel tier is optimal for presenting a transformation sequence. 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Future movie star Groot makes his debut in a 7 page, 31 panel story.
Cover by Kirby and Ditko. 
Story art by Kirby and Ayers.

But wait - there is also a 6 pager by Kirby/Ditko

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 17th cover for 1942 went on sale.
It was his 5th (consecutive) cover for ADVENTURE.
It was his 42nd published cover.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete Timely/Atlas (Marvel) collection would consist of 46 comics. With the newest issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA, seven  were Kirby covered.

Monday, June 24, 2019

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 23rd cover for 1975 hit the shops.
Like all but 2 of those comics 1ST ISSUE SPECIAL #6 also had Kirby interior art.



Sunday, June 23, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 61 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 9th cover for 1958 went on sale.
A third of them were for CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 47 YEARS AGO TODAY

Like the first issue of NEW GODS the first issue of DEMON begins with the destruction of an existing mythology.

Friday, June 21, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 42 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kitrby's penciling speed is legendary. How many minutes would you estimate that it took him to draw his 31st cover for 1977?