Saturday, March 23, 2019

41 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 of those also had 17 pages of Kirby words and art.

Friday, March 22, 2019

42 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

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 33 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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

78 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.

Monday, March 18, 2019

73 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 16, 2019

48 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!

Friday, March 15, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 35 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.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 54 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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

51 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 deemed worthy to be reprinted in MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #57

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

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


versus Joe Kubert.

Monday, March 11, 2019

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Sunday, March 10, 2019

49 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.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

43 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.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 58 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...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

64 YEARS AGO TODAY

Since the beginning of March two Kirby-covered comics had  appeared on the spinner racks.

Neither one had any interior Kirby art.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

Two of the most prolific artists of the Sixties were doing battle on the spinner racks for the change of war-loving children.
You could have purchased The 7th consecutive SGT FURY with a Kirby cover and interior art.
or the 16th consecutive issue of OUR ARMY AT WAY with a Kubert cover and interior art. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 2nd consecutive STAR SPANGLED cover was his 29th published cover. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 14th consecutive STAR SPANGLED cover combined action and comedy by utilizing his perspective-savvy exaggeration. 
It was Kirby's 66th published cover.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

34 YEARS AGO TODAY

WHO'S WHO #3's two pages of Kirby art brought his 1985 total of new published art up to six pages. 

Friday, March 1, 2019

79 YEARS AGO TODAY

It would be about 2 months until Kirby had his first cover published but one of the nine new features mentioned on this cover was the five page "Solar Legion" by Kirby (he signed it Jack Curtiss). Solar Legion would run for three issues.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

Only 2 Kirby-covered comics had shipped since 1952 began.
This one had a 6 page story illustrated by Kirby.
(NOT the story promoted by the cover)
This one was Kirby-covered only.

The only other Kirby art that had shipped so far that year was  Kirby-illustrated romance stories in YOUNG ROMANCE #43 and YOUNG ROMANCE #44 for a total of 18 pages.