Saturday, November 30, 2019

NEW IN YOUR LCS 8 YEARS AGO TODAY

HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1
the perfect Marvel Kirby primer for the uninitiated?!
 

Friday, November 29, 2019

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

The final Kirby covered comic to go on sale for 1946 was either his 15th or 16th for the year.
It depends on if you believe Kirby or Swan drew the cover for STAR SPANGLED #60

Thursday, November 28, 2019

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

The newest Kirby covered comic to go on sale MIGHT have been his 10th, 11th 12th, 13th, 14th or 15th for 1945.
     It depends on whether you believe Jack Kirby or Curt Swan drew the covers for STAR SPANGLED #43, 48, 49 and 51.
     It depends on whether you believe Kirby or Cazeneuve drew the cover for BOY COMMANDOS #11. 
     It depends on whether you believe Kirby or Ray drew the cover for STAR SPANGLED #50 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were collecting Kirby covers you would now own 81 comics
More than one quarter of them would be STAR SPANGLED COMICS.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

Only two Kirby-covered comics were shipped the month of  November 1947.

This brought the year-to-date total of new Kirby-covered comics for 1947 to 22. And the 21 pages of story art in each of these issues swelled his year-to-date total to more than 500 pages.

Monday, November 25, 2019

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were collecting all of Kirby's published covers your collection would now consist of 25 comics.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 61 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Kirby/Rule Era of proto-Marvel was in its second month.
This Kirby/Rule covered comic didn't have any Kirby story art but it DID have a 3 page Rule story.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

124 YEARS AGO TODAY Christopher Rule was born. He worked mainly during the Mostly Uncredited Era of Comics so it is difficult to quantify his contributions to the embryonic industry.

Rule inked the first Atlas/Marvel Kirby cover after the company-hopping Kirby returned from his 17 year hiatus.
Rule also inked the seven-page Kirby story that the cover promoted.

Friday, November 22, 2019

34 YEARS AGO TODAY

This Kupperberg/Kirby/Theakston collaboration had been in the local comic shops for a week.
from SUPER POWERS #6 (second series)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 62 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 11th 1957 cover went on sale.
Inside was 24 pages of Kirby art. Kirby would have only 1 more cover published by the end of the year.

So far for 1957 Joe Kubert had 21 covers published and Curt Swan had 37 published but Gil Kane had them all beat with 42 covers. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 55 YEARS AGO TODAY

For the second time in Comics History there were three comics on sale with Thor on the cover.


Of course, all 3 covers were by Kirby.
AVENGERS #12 was the only one to not also have story art by Kirby.

Monday, November 18, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 48 YEARS AGO TODAY

JIMMY OLSEN #145 not only had Kirby's 26th published cover for 1971, the 24 story pages written and drawn by Kirby made his year-to-date total 677 pages.



But besides all of this great new Kirby brilliance. if you had been reading comics for less than 29 years the reprint of the Kirby cover to STAR SPANGLED COMICS #11 and the 13 page Kirby-drawn story it teased would have also been new to you. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Kirby/Ditko vs Kirby/Ayers


Do you know what is special about this issue? In 1972 OVERSTREET didn't.
 Williamson and Steranko rate a mention but not Kirby or Ditko!?

Saturday, November 16, 2019

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

1976 was the last best year to be a collector of Kirby-covered comics. Two more hit the shops bringing his year-to-date total to 87.

That was more new Kirby covers than would be released in the next 5 years combined!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 14th cover for 1951 was on sale. By this point in 1951 Gil Kane had 15 covers published and future Kirby inker Chris Rule had 17 covers published.
So far Kirby had done all 9 covers for this title. Only 2 of those issues (including this one) did not have any story art by him.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

NEW KIRBY IN YOUR LCS 46 YEARS AGO TODAY

A Kirby/Royer cover and 20 pages written and drawn by Kirby made this the 24th totally Kirby comic of 1973.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

NEW MAXIMUM KIRBY IN YOUR LCS 45 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did Kirby provide the cover. He also wrote, drew and edited the 20 story pages. He even answered the letters.

Monday, November 11, 2019

59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Whenever Lee needed a hand he knew he could rely on Kirby.
from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #65 
embellishment by Dick Ayers

Sunday, November 10, 2019

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 56th published cover was in the shops.
It was the 10th issue of the title to be Kirby-covered, his longest streak at that point in Comics History!
And all ten issues also had Kirby story art.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

IN THE SHOPS 58 YEARS AGO TODAY "When the (Lee/Kirby) Thing Runs Amok"

No, not that Thing (even though two issues of the FANTASTIC FOUR had been released by then).
This Thing....

From the first of two Kirby drawn stories in STRANGE TALES #93.

Friday, November 8, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 58 YEARS AGO TODAY

     "Some comics historians theorize he may have been an inker on some portion of Kirby's landmark comic Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961), for which George Klein is the generally recognized, uncredited inker. Others note the long lag time between Rule's last confirmed credit and the Fantastic Four premiere. The Jack Kirby Museum, singularly and with no specified corroboration, gives Rule credit for stories as late as "I Dream of Doom" in Strange Tales #96 (May 1962), and lists him as inker for one of three chapters in The Fantastic Four #1 (the 12-page "The Fantastic Four Meet the Moleman") and the 24-page entirety of The Fantastic Four #2 (Jan. 1962)"

According to the CGC Klein embellished the cover and story art of FANTASTIC FOUR #2.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

After 10 months, 5 issues and 120 pages neither Lee or Kirby had come up with the anger-as-transformation-trigger for the Hulk yet.

It seems obvious now but in 1962 it was an idea waiting to be thought.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

81 YEARS AGO TODAY: Jim Steranko, the genius that brought Pop Art to comics, was born

If you were a Kirby fan in the mid 1960s you probably still cherish the few months that Kirby collaborated with the future superstar writer/artist.



Monday, November 4, 2019

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Although the Kirby cover was inked by Steve Ditko the 13 page story was inked by Dick Ayers

But don't feel bad for Mr Ditko. There was also a 5 page story pencilled and inked by him.