Tuesday, August 4, 2020

79 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete Timely/Atlas (Marvel) collection would consist of 53 comics.
The newest, CAPTAIN AMERICA #7, would have Kirby's 10th Marvel cover (plus 41 pages of Kirby story art.) 

      Despite Captain America's use of performance enhancing drugs Major League Baseball allows him to play in an official game.

Monday, August 3, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 61 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby immortalizes this famous shootist on a cover for the third time in 1959!
Like the previous 2 times they were inked by Christopher Rule.
Like the previous 2 times there was also Kirby story art.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

68 YEARS AGO TODAY

The release of these two comics brought Kirby's total of published covers for 1952 to eleven.
8 were for BLACK MAGIC

3 were for STRANGE WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS

Saturday, August 1, 2020

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had started purchasing Kirby-covered comics since they first began appearing 27 months earlier your collection would now consist of 47 comics.
Kirby's 7th SPEED cover, 
none of which had any Kirby story art.
Kirby's 5th and final CHAMP cover, 
none of which had any Kirby story art.

Friday, July 31, 2020

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

Although the experts agree that this cover is by Kirby they can't agree if the 14 page lead story that the cover teases is the work of Jack Kirby or Curt Swan.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

77 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only was there 49 Kirby pages depicting D-Day a year before it happened...
This comic also had Kirby's only double-page spread for 1943!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

52 YEARS AGO TODAY


     For the second month in a row Steve Rogers spends part of CAPTAIN AMERICA watching a movie about himself and Bucky in the comfort of his apartment with a male S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Plus Comic Book Plotting 101: The Evil Duplicate
from CAPTAIN AMERICA #106

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

76 YEARS AGO TODAY

You could have purchased the 8th consecutive issue of BOY COMMANDOS with a Kirby cover
Sadly, it was at least the second issue not to have any story art by Kirby.

"NOTE- Most issues signed by Simon & Kirby are not by them."  (1999-2017 OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDEs)

Monday, July 27, 2020

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

DC uses Kirby's name to commit fraud.
Someone signed "Simon & Kirby" on this cover. Overstreet would reveal the crime a half century later... (although it didn't identify who the forger was.)

Sunday, July 26, 2020

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

1973 was a great year to be a Kirby fan. This was the 17th comic that year that not only had a Kirby cover...

It was also the 17th to be written and drawn by Kirby. 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel made me feel old by reprinting the fourth Marvel comic I bought as a youngster.
Kirby/Giacoia versus Kirby/Sinnott

Friday, July 24, 2020

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

Hopefully you didn't miss Kirby's 6th consecutive cover for ADVENTURE COMICS.
There were also two Kirby-drawn stories inside. The 9 page Manhunter story wouldn't be reprinted for 30 years and it would be 67 years before the Sandman story would be published again!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

58 YEARS AGO

The Marvel Universe consisted of four titles. FANTASTIC FOUR would prosper. TALES TO ASTONISH and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (the half superhero and half fantasy anthologies) succeeded. INCREDIBLE HULK did not generate enough sales to survive.  After the cancellation of his series it would be six months before the Hulk would make another appearance.

Even a Kirby-crafted crossover with the FANTASTIC FOUR couldn't save the INCREDIBLE HULK.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 62 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 3rd and final cover for HOUSE OF SECRETS.
There was a 6 page Kirby-rendered story to go with the cover.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

69 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were American, odds were one in three that you had read at least 10 comic books in the previous 30 days.

            - source: Mike Benton's THE COMIC BOOK IN AMERICA

Despite the huge potential audience, according to Mark Evanier's KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, the Kirby written and drawn BOYS' RANCH did not sell well and was canceled after 6 issues.

Monday, July 20, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 65 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 16th Kirby-covered comic of 1955.
Plus it also had 19 pages of Kirby story art!

Sunday, July 19, 2020

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you loved Kirby and you loved love you must haved loved being able to purchase his second romance comic in 2 weeks. Both had covers AND story art by Kirby!!!

Friday, July 17, 2020

48 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby and Camelot
Kirby generates gravitas for the first issue of the DEMON the same way he did a year earlier in the first NEW GODS, by destroying an existing mythology as a prelude to introducing his creation.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

if you went to your retailer with $1.35 you could buy 190 pages of Kirby art: FANTASY MASTERPIECES #4 (45 reprinted pages), TALES OF SUSPENSE #81 (10 new pages), MARVEL SUPER-HEROES ANNUAL #1 (22 reprinted pages), THOR #132 (21 new pages), THOR ANNUAL #2 (30 new pages, 13 reprinted pages),  MARVEL COLLECTORS'  ITEM CLASSICS #5 (33 reprinted pages) 
and 
FANTASTIC FOUR #55 (20 new pages) 


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

93 YEARS AGO TODAY

Jack Abel was born. He became a Kirby inker after having been a penciler earlier in his career.
Abel inks Kirby's second Groot cover.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

93 YEARS AGO TODAY

Mike Esposito was born. After assisting the legendary Hogarth on the Tarzan newspaper strip he was hired as a penciler by Stan Lee in 1950. He formed a comic company with Ross Andru in 1953 which went bust in 1954 when comics nearly went extinct.
After Kirby saved comics in the Sixties, Esposito's immortality was assured when Lee enlisted him into the Kirby Inker Army.

Monday, July 13, 2020

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby satisfies the Me Generation's need for instant gratification by beginning this 1976 CAPTAIN AMERICA with punching (this time Cap's punching motivation is information gathering).

Sunday, July 12, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 53 YEARS AGO TODAY


In FANTASTIC FOUR #67 Reed Richards demonstrates what a genius he is by reverse engineering a teleporter from photographs.
It was only my second issue of the FANTASTIC FOUR 
*KA BANG!* 
Mind Blown!!!!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

79 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 17th cover hit the stores.
It was Kirby's third Hitler cover in seven months.
It was the fourth time Kirby covered a first issue.

Friday, July 10, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 47 YEARS AGO TODAY

What do these two comics have in common besides going on sale on the same day; having Kirby/Royer covers; being written, drawn and edited by Kirby and being published by DC?











Neither was reprinted until after Kirby's death.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 56 YEARS AGO TODAY

It was a good time to be a Kirby fan. 5 more comics with Kirby covers went on sale. These 2 also had 21 pages of Kirby story art each.

 


These 3 only had Kirby covers. That brought his total so far for 1964 to 60 covers!!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 49 YEARS AGO TODAY

For a quarter you could have bought SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #141 with 22 pages of new Kirby artwork (he also wrote it!) including 3 pages of collages.


JIMMY OLSEN #141 also included a self-portrait of Jack Kirby, a reprint of the historic 13 page first appearance of the Newsboy Legion from 1942 and the cover of the comic it was from (STAR SPANGLED COMICS #7).  

DC waited 32 years to reprint JIMMY OLSEN #141.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

73 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 11th published cover for 1947 was his 3rd that year for REAL CLUE CRIME STORIES. If you bought all 3 you would have been rewarded with 83 pages of story art by Kirby!

Monday, July 6, 2020

80 YEARS AGO TODAY

TWO KIRBY FIRSTS!!!
 
 First Kirby bondage cover.
First time Kirby did a second cover for a title.