Monday, October 19, 2020

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

5 comics went on sale with new Kirby covers.


These two also each had 17 pages written and drawn by Kirby. (Royer did the inking on both)

NOVA #5AVENGERS #155 and DEFENDERS #43 were the 3 Kirby-cover-only comics

Saturday, October 17, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 59 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 23rd cover for STRANGE TALES was in the stores, putting him two STRANGE TALES covers ahead of Bill Everett.

 It was the first STRANGE TALES sequential panel cover.

Friday, October 16, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 58 YEARS AGO TODAY

All seven Kirby-covered Marvel comics that were available from your dealer were embellished by a man that considered inker to be a derogatory term.






Kirby and Ayers also teamed up for a total of 68 story pages spread out among these five comics.

“Stan told me he was hiring me not to trace. I was to add, to embellish.” – Dick Ayers (from THE JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #13)

Thursday, October 15, 2020

97 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's most controversial inker was born.
   An example of Kirby/Colletta crackle from the first Thor story that I ever read.

Why is Vince Colletta considered controversial?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

NEW KIRBY HOMAGES IN YOUR LCS 5 YEARS AGO TODAY

A-FORCE #5 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) Chris Samnee 

CAPTAIN AMERICA WHITE #3 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) Glenn Fabry 



CIVIL WAR #5 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) John Cassaday
                       

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) Mike Allred 


MS MARVEL #19 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $2.99
(CA) Cliff Chiang


SPIDER-GWEN #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $3.99
(CA) Francesco Francavilla 


UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 
KIRBY MONSTER VARIANT - $4.99
(CA) Geof Darrow 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

The third time TALES OF SUSPENSE featured only two story artists Kirby was NOT one of the artists.

Kirby DID do the cover though 
(with Ayers embellishing.)
Ditko and Reinman were the story artists.

Monday, October 12, 2020

48 YEARS AGO TODAY Gil Kane and Kirby tackle the same cover.

WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #19 reprinted the entire contents of TALES OF SUSPENSE #24 from 11 years earlier.


The first two of the four stories are penciled by Kirby and embellished by Ayers. 
But the only thing Marvel didn't reprint was the Kirby/Ayers cover!?!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

When you read this FANTASTIC FOUR were you disappointed that it was the first issue without a costumed villain? 


And do you remember what iconic symbol of the 1964 zeitgeist was in the box?

Saturday, October 10, 2020

52 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel's line of books and stable of artists had expanded to such a degree that the evidence points to Lee giving one sentence plots to Kirby such as suggesting single issue grudge match fights for the issues of FANTASTIC FOUR and CAPTAIN AMERICA that went on sale in October 1968.


“Some artists, of course, need a more detailed plot than others. Some artists, such as Jack Kirby, need no plot at all. I mean I’ll just say to Jack, ‘Let’s make the next villain be Dr. Doom’… " 
        - Stan Lee CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN #12 

For details on the evolution of the Marvel Method go to 

Friday, October 9, 2020

80 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 7th Kirby-covered comic went on sale.
The 10 page story that this cover teases was also drawn by Kirby.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 57 YEARS AGO TODAY

The second  Marvel Western that went on sale in October 1963, like the first, had a Kirby cover.

 Unfortunately, also like the first, only the cover was by Kirby. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

55 YEARS AGO TODAY the combined talents of Lee/Kirby fail!!!

"The covers in those days, the covers were the most important thing. Because we didn’t have fans the way we do now. Today, fans go to a book store, Did the latest Fantastic Four come in yet? In those days we sold according to how attractive a book looked on the newsstand. A kid would walk in the news stand, and whatever caught his eye he’d pick up." - Stan Lee


Instead of buying this
 
I purchased this.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

There was enough new comics on sale with Kirby-penciled covers to fill 20% of a 40 pocket spinner rack.



I had been looking at DC comics at the barber shop for a year and it had finally been revealed to me how to decipher the symbols that accompanied the pictures. To hone this skill I was allowed to select comics from the drug store to own. Because of my DC indoctrination, instead of buying a King cover, I selected one of the four comics that had a Curt Swan cover...

Monday, October 5, 2020

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Here's half what you would of missed if you read the downsized version of  FANTASTIC FOUR #86 that appeared in MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #68

Sunday, October 4, 2020

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

You be the judge - cover by Kirby or Swan?
Experts DO agree that none of the interior artwork was by Kirby.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was a good time to be a Kirby fan. His 29th cover for 1942 went on sale, which was more Kirby covers than were published in 1940 and 1941 combined!!!

Kirby also drew the 13 page story that this cover teases.

Friday, October 2, 2020

80 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's first Swastika cover was on sale. It was his 6th published cover.

Kirby also drew the 9 page story that the cover teases.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

The first Marvel Western that went on sale in October 1963, like the second, had a Kirby cover. It was embellished by Dick Ayers. 

Unfortunately, also like the second, only the cover was by Kirby. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

79 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 #9MYSTIC COMICS #7 didn't have any Kirby story art. (and yes, Kirby drew the 18 page story that this cover teases.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

72 YEARS AGO TODAY

What is better than no-hitting the Yankees at Yankee Stadium?

Having Kirby immortalize you on a cover!

Monday, September 28, 2020

44 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.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

66 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 also the same issue with the infamous Kirby child torture panel...!!!  

Saturday, September 26, 2020

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

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

Friday, September 25, 2020

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

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)

Thursday, September 24, 2020

IN THE SHOPS 60 YEARS AGO TODAY

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


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

58 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 probable that Lee didn't reject the page and have Kirby draw a new one because Kirby wouldn't be paid for the rejected page.