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.

Friday, January 4, 2019

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

The first comic of 1977 with Kirby art was of the bait and switch variety. Unfortunately for those aficionados of only Kirby art, the interior art was by Franks Robbins and Springer.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

Already 3 Kirby covered comics had been released for 1959


All 3 covers were inked by Chris Rule. Two comics had Kirby/Rule stories.
This is the only comic that had both.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 1st Kirby reprint of 1973

It reprinted this 7 page Kirby-drawn story.
It introduced the Me Generation to two standard 1962 elements: the  9-panel grid and the ambiguous conclusion.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

THE RICHARD ONLEY THEORY

More than half of THE DEMON's 16 issues begin with the full-page/double-page open. (11 of them)

Was this because this was the best way to pull the reader into the story or was it because pages 2 and 3 were the only pages Kirby could put a double-page spread on without risking it being split in half by ads as was suggested by the perceptive Richard Onley in the letters page of DEMON #15?