Friday, May 31, 2019

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

6 more Kirby covers appeared on the spinner racks.
Half of them were Dick Ayers-embellished Western covers.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

61 YEARS AGO: Was there ANY important 20th century comic artist who DIDN'T ink Jack Kirby?

Pencils by Kirby. Inks by Mort Meskin and Steve Ditko. A rare combination to be savored.
  You don't have 3-D glasses? 
And you call yourself a comics fan?!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

79 YEARS AGO TODAY

A Complete TimelyAtlas (Marvel) collection would consist of 19 comics, the newest of which would be RED RAVEN #1. It had Kirby's 1st Marvel cover and story.

Marvel waited 28 years before reprinting it!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 27th cover for 1959 went on sale.
It was possible that your local 40 pocket spinner rack display was 25% Kirby covers.

Monday, May 27, 2019

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 4th consecutive cover for ADVENTURE hit the stores bringing his total of published covers to 38 in slightly less than 2 years.
It also contained 2 Kirby-drawn stories for a total of 19 pages.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Even the Abominable Snow Hulk couldn't save the Hulk's first series from cancellation!

From the final Lee/Kirby issue. INCREDIBLE HULK #6 was by Lee/Ditko. It featured another transformation twist - Banner-headed Hulk!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Kirby/Ayers versus Ditko/Ditko



Proto-Marvel published five fantasy anthology titles in January 1961. This was the only one that didn't have a Kirby/Ayers cover.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

From January 1956 to September 1958 15 issues of WORLD OF FANTASY were published.

They presented 90 stories by 49 artists.
Talents as diverse as Bernard Krigstein
Gene Colan
Mort Meskin
Manny Stallman
 
and future Kirby inker, Chris Rule

Early November 1958 WORLD OF FANTASY #16 shipped. It had the debut appearances in that title of three men that many credit with saving Marvel Comics and possibly the entire industry from extinction in the next decade.
 
Joe Sinnott, many fans' favorite Kirby inker.
 
 Steve Ditko
and the savior of superhero comics - Kirby.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

With his first cover for DETECTIVE COMICS a complete collection of Kirby covers would consist of 37 comics . Kirby was assisted by Joe Simon, Jerry Robinson and Fred Ray.
 Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace slightly less than two years  earlier.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Remember the Werehulk?  


from INCREDIBLE HULK #2
A Kirby/Ditko collaboration

Monday, May 20, 2019

61 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1958 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to buy 7 comics!
This is possibly Kirby's 350th cover.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

63 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1956 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to buy only 6 comics!
This was the only war comic. Other than one western comic all the rest were romance covers.

Friday, May 17, 2019

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby had two new covers available for purchase

This brought his 1952 total up to 6
and his lifetime total to nearly 250

Thursday, May 16, 2019

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 10th cover for 1951 went on sale bringing his total to more than 200 covers in 11 years.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

70 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby had two new covers hit the stores bringing his total to nearly 200 covers in less than 9 years.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

This was somewhere between Kirby's 153th and 169th published cover (depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43, 48-51,60 and BOY COMMANDOS #11) 
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than eight years earlier.

Monday, May 13, 2019

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

This was somewhere between Kirby's 125th and 141st published cover (depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43, 48-51,60 and BOY COMMANDOS #11
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than seven years earlier.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

This newly shipped Kirby cover might have given you a case of DEJAck VU
This Kirby-covered HOUSE OF MYSTERY would have been returned by the retailers for credit less than a month earlier.


Thor Heyerdahl's book AKU AKU sold out 4 printings by November 1958 pushing Easter Island & its distinctive statues into the mainstream zeitgeist of the waning Fifties era.

Maybe Kirby's story from TALES TO ASTONISH #5 could have appeared 8 years earlier if Kirby had read FATE in 1951. 


“Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.”
― Thor Heyerdahl

Saturday, May 11, 2019

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 114th cover was on sale.
Or maybe it's his 129th (depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43, 48-51 and BOY COMMANDOS #11

Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than six years earlier.

Friday, May 10, 2019

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 100th cover was on sale.
Or maybe it was his 96th or 107th depending on which experts you agree with concerning STAR SPANGLED COMICS #31, 33, 35-41, 43 and BOY COMMANDOS #11 
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than five years earlier.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be either 89 or 90 comics, depending on if this is Kirby's 25th, 26th or 27th cover for STAR SPANGLED COMICS (Kirbystorians do not agree on #31 and 33)
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than four years earlier.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be 69 comics with his sixteenth cover for STAR SPANGLED COMICS
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than three years earlier.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would consist of 35 comics with his fourth cover for STAR SPANGLED COMICS
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace less than two years earlier.

Monday, May 6, 2019

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete collection of Kirby covers would be 10 comics, counting his third cover for CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS
Kirby's first cover hit the marketplace slightly less than a year earlier.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's first new cover for 1950 hit the stores bringing his total to nearly 200 covers in less than 10 years.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

Another to-be-often-homaged Kirby cover was on sale at your local spinner rack.


Editor-ordered homage art by Marko Djurdjevic

Friday, May 3, 2019

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

Did any of the people that were still reading comics (after the mass exodus of the previous five years) realize that this Kirby-drawn proto-Giant Man character hinted at a new era of comics about to spring from the heads of Kirby, Ditko and Lee?
The five-pager from STRANGE TALES #70 is set four years in the future, the year that Hank Pym first became Giant Man.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1953 was to buy every new comic with a Kirby cover so far you would have had to buy only 3 comics!
And they all would have been BLACK MAGIC!!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

61 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 5th Kirby-covered of 1958 was on the spinner racks, along with CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #2, if it hadn't sold out yet.
Kirby also drew the 6 page story that the cover teases