Friday, June 5, 2020

67 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!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

70 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

The release of the fifth consecutive issue of SPEED COMICS with a Kirby cover increased his total of published covers to 39 in slightly more than 2 years.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby had 2 new covers on sale bringing his total of published covers for 1952 to 8. (Nearly 225 covers in 144 months)

Monday, June 1, 2020

76 YEARS AGO TODAY retailers might have had as many as 22 DC comics available, three of them with Kirby covers - maybe...

Harry (Joe Simon biographer) Mendryk says that at this point in time Kirby and Simon had been fighting in the war for so long that the inventory of product they had provided DC with was running out.
 
Comic historian consensus is that this cover is by Kirby but Steven Thompson, who has an excellent blog devoted solely to ADVENTURE COMICS, is not convinced

Sunday, May 31, 2020

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Saturday, May 30, 2020

62 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?!

Friday, May 29, 2020

80 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!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

61 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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

78 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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

There was a series of articles in THE JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR based on the thesis that there were many times when Lee and Kirby "collaborated" (the quotation marks are the article writer's, not mine) that the art and dialogue did not mesh correctly.

 The original art for the Inhumans backup in THOR #147 is showcased in the first article as proof. I'm not sure if that falls under the fair use loophole to copyright infringement because of the scholarly 8 paragraph article that accompanied it or because it is just one episode of a multipart story. 









It will cost you $2.95 to find out. Unlike the Eddie Campbell THOR article it is not part of the free preview. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

78 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.

Friday, May 22, 2020

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Thursday, May 21, 2020

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

Remember the Werehulk?  


from INCREDIBLE HULK #2
A Kirby/Ditko collaboration

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

62 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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

64 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.

Monday, May 18, 2020

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

If the action doesn't get you to turn the page the title will!
from CAPTAIN AMERICA #104

Sunday, May 17, 2020

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby had two new covers available for purchase

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

Saturday, May 16, 2020

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Friday, May 15, 2020

71 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Thursday, May 14, 2020

72 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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

73 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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 61 YEARS AGO TODAY

This newly shipped Kirby cover might have given you a case of DEJAck VU

because 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 later 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

Monday, May 11, 2020

74 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.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

75 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.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Friday, May 8, 2020

76 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.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

78 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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

79 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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

70 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.

Monday, May 4, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 55 YEARS AGO TODAY

Another to-be-homaged Kirby cover was on sale.


Editor-ordered homage art by Marko Djurdjevic

Sunday, May 3, 2020

61 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.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

67 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!!!

Friday, May 1, 2020

62 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 5th Kirby-covered comic 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