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?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had been following Kirby's work for less than 5 years there was 25 pages of reprinted Kirby art in MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #22 that would be new to you. Either way the cover would be new to you...
 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

Was this issue of KAMANDI inspired by writer/artist/editor Kirby eating a bad California seafood dinner?

Monday, June 17, 2019

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

1975 was a good year to be a Kirby enthusiast. The two 2 new Kirby-covered comics that you would find at the shops this week, like 19 of the 20 Kirby-covered comics already published that year, also contained Kirby interior art.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

61 YEARS AGO TODAY

Jack Kirby penciled and inked (with the help of his wife Roz) 11 Green Arrow shorties for a total of 65 pages. As was the convention with the Fifties floppies all the stories began with a Splash Panel rather than a Splash Page.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 58 YEARS AGO TODAY

TALES OF SUSPENSE #21 was the second issue of that title to have art by Kirby and Ditko only.
Dick Ayers inked the Kirby cover and the 18 Kirby interior pages.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 55 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had become a Marvel zombie within the last two years and had a quarter it would have been difficult to resist buying this comic with its 40 pages of Kirby art that would be new to you - plus 15 Ditko pages and 13 Heck pages!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 56 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only would you be able to find the Kirby-covered JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #95, TALES OF SUSPENSE #45 and KID COLT OUTLAW #112 at your local comic spinner rack. There was also


Half of these six books had at least some Kirby interior artwork (FANTASTIC FOUR #18 was the only one with 100% Kirby art)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 57 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were a fan of Kirby covers and insect-inspired characters, with only 12 cents to spend, which comic did you choose?
OR
Did you buy the one with the 13 pages of Kirby art?

Sunday, June 9, 2019

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

My Marvel collection consisted of two comics.
THOR #143 and
Marvel paid Kirby more for covers because he knew just the elements to combine to separate children from their money.
Kirby's talent for designing impressive architecture made me begin to appreciate establishing shots more. 

My years of reading Superboy/Superman made me assume that bald scientists are evil. Kirby reinforces this belief by using his "arrogant stance" for the character in the second panel. Kirby portrays another of the scientists projecting the same body language from a different angle in the third panel.
Lee/Kirby pose the philosophical question "Is it wrong to put a blind girl in harm's way to advance science?" Note that the least evil/amoral scientist is the one with blonde hair.
An action-filled flashback explains WHY they need to put a blind damsel in distress (and a girlfriend of one one of the Fantastic Four besides) while also giving a hint of how powerful the mystery character is.
What are they looking at on the penultimate page? Lee/Kirby figured it would be worth another 12 cents to find out!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

It takes the combined skills of Kirby and Ditko to convincingly portray in two dimensions magic paint that makes pictures three dimensional.
From STRANGE TALES #88. This was the third Kirby/Ditko story to appear in that title but the first 13 page one.

Friday, June 7, 2019

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you bought a copy of the only Atlas war comic on the spinner rack (possibly because of the Kirby cover) you were rewarded with 2 Kirby written & drawn stories!!!
To see interior artwork from this issue, plus a history of Atlas war comics, click here:

Thursday, June 6, 2019

64 YEARS AGO TODAY

Two new Kirby-covered comics hit the shops bringing his total for 1955 up to 10 published covers (for 8 different titles.)

Nearly 300 Kirby covers had been published in 180 months.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

66 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1953 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to buy 4 comics. 
And they all would have been BLACK MAGIC!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

Two Kirby covers went on sale bringing his total of published covers for 1950 to 3.