Monday, September 30, 2019

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you hadn't been to a comic-selling shop in a month you would discover two new Kirby covers from the company that would become Marvel. Unlike CAPTAIN AMERICA #9, MYSTIC COMICS #7 didn't have any Kirby story art. (and yes, Kirby drew the 18 page story that this cover teases.)

Sunday, September 29, 2019

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

What is better than no-hitting the Yankees at Yankee Stadium?
Having Kirby immortalize you on a cover!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

Maybe a sibling or parent bought this Kirby-covered educational comic for you.
Maybe they also purchased these Kirby-covered comics for themselves.

Including this one, which unlike the other 3, also had 17 pages written and rendered by Kirby.

Friday, September 27, 2019

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

"This is probably the scariest depiction of a prehistoric animal ever in the history of comics. And certainly my personal favorite Bullseye story."  - Harry Mendryk (September 18, 2010)

To see a restoration of this page from BULLSEYE #3 click on Mendryk's name! And yes, this is the also the same issue with the infamous Kirby child torture panel...!!!  

Thursday, September 26, 2019

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

For his 19th cover for 1947 the King of Comics delivers his 1st costumed superhero parody.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

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This might be the first time some of you long time fans saw Kirby's name (it was the first time that it appeared on the cover of ADVENTURE COMICS)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

IN THE SHOPS 59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Writer/editor/art director Stan Lee thought enough of both Ditko and Ayers to allow them to embellish Kirby's artwork.

Monday, September 23, 2019

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Hulk appears to be flying in INCREDIBLE HULK #4.
    Lee's captions insist that the Hulk is leaping even though the art shows the Hulk changing direction in midair. It is possible that Lee didn't reject the page and have Kirby draw a new one because Kirby wouldn't be paid for the rejected page.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

67 YEARS AGO TODAY

How much do the makers of the LEPRECHAUN movie franchise owe the Kirby Estate?






Saturday, September 21, 2019

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

Even though Marvel had expanded their monthly output by 30% from a year earlier, Kirby penciled the same amount of covers - nine. Six of the Kirby-covered books had interior pencils by Kirby totaling 107 pages.
Dick Ayers did not embellish ANY Kirby artwork that was published September 1963 leaving a void that was filled by Sol Brodsky, Paul Reinman, Don Heck, George Ruossos and Steve Ditko.

Friday, September 20, 2019

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

What is better than a multi-part Lee/Kirby FANTASTIC FOUR story based on a Star Trek episode?
A Lee/Kirby trilogy based on two consecutive STAR TREK episodes “The Gamesters of Triskelion" (January 5, 1968) and “A Piece of the Action” (January 12, 1968). If you want to experience the zeitgeist of the late Sixties I suggest you watch these and then read FANTASTIC FOUR #91-93.
In the former Captain Kirk is abducted into slavery and trained to fight as a gladiator for the entertainment of gambling aliens. In the latter Kirk visits a planet with a 1920s gangster culture. 
To enhance the experience indulge in an authentic snack from that era such as SpaghettiOs and coke in an aluminum can.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

This Lee/Kirby splash demonstrates how their decade of collaborating had honed their respective skills.
Kirby depicts the three characters that make it possible for Lee to craft  a synopsis disguised as a conversation, complete with a comedic punchline. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had been a FANTASTIC FOUR reader for less than five years this never-before-reprinted story in MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS #18 would be new to you.
The fun of rereading Silver Age Marvels is knowing now that Lee would provide the beginning and ending and task the artist/co-plotter with supplying  the middle. Superhero stories being formulaic that was frequently as simple as choreographing fight sequences. Having the alien interact with gangsters was probably a Kirby contribution.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

55 YEARS AGO TODAY

 Kirby gets Stoned!


All nine of the Kirby covers that shipped September 1964 were inked by Chic Stone.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

Hogun establishes himself as a staunch Thor ally in his third "Tales of Asgard" appearance.
from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #122
Inks by Colletta

Saturday, September 14, 2019

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

MISTER MIRACLE #11 exhibits the archetypal opening for a Kirby-crafted 1970s comic, the visual one-two punch of a full page panel followed by a double-page spread.

Friday, September 13, 2019

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

One-quarter of most shops' 40 pocket spinner rack would be displaying Marvel product. 90% of that product had Kirby covers. 80% had interior art by Kirby totaling 121 pages.
Full-time Kirby embellisher Dick Ayers was able to finish 108 of those pages.


Fun fact: "Marvels carrying dates of 1962-1964 featured 3,130 pages of Kirby art plus 285 covers - roughly the equivalent of a book a week." - Mark Evanier KIRBY: KING OF COMICS

Evanier did not quantify Ayers contribution.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 57 YEARS AGO TODAY

There was 9 comics with Kirby covers available for the discriminating consumer. 


 More than half of those covers were inked by Dick Ayers. 
If you were seduced by this Kirby/Ayers cover into purchasing this comic you were rewarded with 24 pages of interior art by the same team. Their combined talents made it possible for Stan Lee to establish that the Fantastic Four was set in the real world by having guest stars anyone would recognize. For an example of just a few of these celebrities 
click HERE.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 58 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Kirby/Ayers Age of Marvel Comics continued.


Examples of pre-Sinnott Kirby/Ayers Krackle.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

59 YEARS AGO TODAY It was the Kirby/Ayers Age of Marvel Comics.

“As the inker Dick had to do a lot of “embellishing” (in ink, but also in pencil, to bring the drawing up to a finish before inking it). Also a lot of corrections and refinements and added detail were required–probably partly due to how fast Kirby penciled, which was always very fast (as much as five pages per day, I have heard–on a good day the most I could ever manage was three, and not on a regular basis!). Anyhow Dick estimated that the inking took him two or three times as much time per page as it did for Jack to pencil. And he wasn’t bragging or complaining–that’s just how it was in those days.” - Rich Buckler
 
from TALES TO ASTONISH #15

Dick Ayers prided himself in making sure that the period weaponry and costuming was authentic.


Not only did Ayers work his magic on this Kirby cover he also embellished all 23 of the interior pages, five of which were penciled by Kirby.

Monday, September 9, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 61 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby illustrates the danger of changing the channel on someone else's television set!
FUN FACT: In 1958, American shoppers paid $269.95 for Sears’ “best 24-inch console TV” (black and white, of course) 
In 1958 the Average Annual Salary was $5,500, Minimum Wage was $1.00 per hour