Thursday, January 31, 2019

34 YEARS AGO TODAY

There had only been one comic released so far in 1985 with Kirby art.
Not only did WHO'S WHO #2 have four pages of Kirby/Theakston artwork it also had art by Joe Kubert, Gene Colan, Carmine Infantino, Kevin O'Neil, Curt Swan and Gil Kane.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

This Kirby/Ditko full-pager first appeared in 1960.

It would be more than a decade before it would be reprinted. Nearly two decades later it was included in the Ancient Menaces section of MONSTER MASTERWORKS, a book that includes a text "treatment on the subject of monsters in storytelling" by King Kirby.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

So far 1944 was a good year to be Kirby fan. Four comics were already published with Kirby-drawn stories for a combined 66 pages. Two of them also had Kirby covers.
One of which was the 24th consecutive cover for this title.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 2nd Kirby covered comic of 1970 hit the racks (and they both had 20 pages of Kirby story art.)

Friday, January 25, 2019

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was a good time to be a Kirby fan. 
 
Two more Kirby-covered comics hit the shops bringing his total for 1977 to nine.

This one also had 17 interior pages written and drawn by Kirby increasing his 1977 total to 51 pages.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

36 YEARS AGO TODAY

If Phil Seuling hadn't created the direct market a decade earlier this Kirby creation might not ever have been published.

from SILVER STAR #2



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

For the third consecutive week you could go to your local retailer and get a comic with a brand-new Kirby cover and story. 
 
Just like the previous week's KAMANDI #7, DEMON #7 began with a full-page splash followed by a 2-page spread.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your 1945 resolution was to support your favorite artist by purchasing all of his new work so far you would only have spent 10 cents.
Only the cover was by Kirby (and Simon).

Monday, January 21, 2019

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

So far 1946 was a good year to be a Kirby fan.


Along with the Kirby covers, two of these comics also had Kirby-drawn stories.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

70 YEARS AGO TODAY

So far 1949 was a good year to be a Kirby fan

Two Kirby covered comics had already shipped and each one had a Kirby drawn story, adding up to 23 pages. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

61 YEARS AGO TODAY

A comic was on sale that both CGC and Greg Theakston agree had a Kirby cover.
 
But do they agree that it is a swipe?

Friday, January 18, 2019

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel shipped their 7th Kirby-covered comic for 1977.
Like four of the first six, it was Kirby-covered only.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

IN YOUR LCS 41 YEARS AGO TODAY

The first new Kirby comic for 1978.
Not only did Kirby write it, it had a Kirby/Royer cover and 17 Kirby/Royer interior pages.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kamandi, the hero that is just like you...
 He likes Kirby comics too!

from KAMANDI #4

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 55 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you bought this comic because the gorilla cover caused you to assume it was published by DC you would have been disappointed.
If you bought it because you thought that a Kirby cover indicated that there was interior Kirby art you would have been equally disappointed.

Monday, January 14, 2019

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

By this time your local comics pusher should have had all 11 of Marvel's books for January on their spinner rack. Eight of them with covers by Kirby.
Seven of those covers, like this one, were inked by Chic Stone
 
House Ads from SGT FURY #16 
If Ditko had drawn more than one cover maybe Marvel would have promoted it too!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 55 YEARS AGO TODAY

One of the most homaged Kirby covers of all time became a part of the Sixties zeitgeist




Saturday, January 12, 2019

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

    Three comics with new Kirby art had already shipped since the start of 1967. Three different inkers were given the honor of collaborating with the King. 
    Vince Colletta finished the Master of Mythology's THOR #138 cover and 21 interior pages. 

Joe Sinnott embellished the Sultan of Superheros' FANTASTIC FOUR #60 cover and 20 interior pages.

    John Tartaglione inked this addition to Marvel's Most Prolific Cover Artist's legacy. He also inked the 20 Jack Sparling interior pages.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

 The 1st NEW Kirby comic of 1973
Not only was the cover by the Jack Kirby/Mike Royer art team, so were the 23 pages of interior art. It was also scripted and edited by Kirby!!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 1st Kirby comic of 1974
Start with a protective grandfather and a frail child...

include a dog, adapt a plot from a classic TWILIGHT ZONE  episode...
and mix in a hero that protects your dreams for a surefire winner!

Monday, January 7, 2019

44 YEARS AGO TODAY


KAMANDI #28 was the 1st Kirby comic of 1975. It was the 6th consecutive issue of the series to open with a full-pager followed by a double-pager.
It was also the second consecutive issue to open with a talking dog.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

30 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were lucky the last Kirby comic book cover of 1988 was still available at your LCS.
 
It was the last cover Kirby would ever do for DC.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

58 YEARS AGO TODAY Four new Kirby/Ayers covered comics had already shipped since the beginning of the year.

These three also had 13 page Kirby/Ayers drawn stories.


If you were a Western fan you probably would have bought RAWHIDE KID #21 and been rewarded with 18 pages of Kirby/Ayers story art.