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