Thursday, April 30, 2020

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 60 YEARS AGO TODAY

This was Kirby's 10th TALES TO ASTONISH cover but the first to be embellished by Dick Ayers.  It was also the first issue with Kirby/Ayers story art.

Monday, April 27, 2020

44 YEARS AGO TODAY

Pity poor George Perez, having to draw the 17 pages of artwork that this instant-classic Kirby cover teases.

Plus this Kirby-covered comic was also released making 17 Kirby-covered comics published so far for 1976
And it had 35 pages written and drawn by Kirby increasing his 1976 total to 138 pages.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

43 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's dominance of the Seventies continued. Not only was this his 23rd cover for 1977.
The 17 pages of Kirby words and art inside increased his 1977 total to 170 pages.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

42 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 14th cover for 1978 arrived at your LCS.

It brought Kirby's story page total to 270 pages YTD.

Friday, April 24, 2020

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

1973  was a great year to be a Kirby fan
The 10th Kirby-covered comic to hit the shops, like the previous 9,  also had a story written and drawn by Kirby.

This brought his page total up to 222 for the first 113 days of the year and another 100% Kirby comic (MISTER MIRACLE #15) would be out in just 7 days!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 5 YEARS AGO TODAY

Disney/Marvel indoctrinates a new generation of fans to the King
KIRBY CLASSIC Variant cover
AVENGERS OPERATION HYDRA #1 $3.99 
(W) Will Pilgrim (A) Andrea DiVito (CA) Jack Kirby
   Join the Avengers - Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk-- as they set off on an all-new adventure against a secret Hydra splinter cell! 
   PLUS: Reprinting AVENGERS #16, presenting the story that brought Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch onto the team for the first time!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 11th new cover for 1970 hit the stands.
Inside was 30 pages of reprinted Kirby story art.

Monday, April 20, 2020

79 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 12th published cover went on sale.
It was his 4th Swastika cover (see CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 & 2 and PRIZE #7)

Sunday, April 19, 2020

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete National (DC) collection would consist of 428 books. 
Three months earlier the work of Jack Kirby and his partner Joe Simon began appearing in National Comics (and disappearing from Timely/Atlas Comics)

ADVENTURE COMICS #74 not only had a Kirby/Simon cover and a 10 page Sandman story with an early Kirbybot (back when computers were called "calculating machines)...
 

..it also had a Manhunter story that begins at a masquerade party, has a scavenger hunt as a plot device and shows plenty of mobsters getting punched by the hero!

At this point 24 year old Kirby already had nearly 1000 pages of art published.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 48 YEARS AGO TODAY

1972 was a good year to be a Kirby fan. With the arrival of NEW GODS #9 he had 7 covers and 204 new pages of words and pictures published for the first 107 days of the year.

Friday, April 17, 2020

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

World War Two had been won with the unquantifiable help of Jack Kirby making 1946 a good year to be a Kirby fan. The 10th Kirby-covered comic for the year was on sale.
It also had 3 Kirby-drawn 12 page stories.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 62 YEARS AGO TODAY

SO FAR KIRBY WAS AVERAGING ONE PUBLISHED COVER A MONTH FOR 1958
Half of them were for CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN.
COTU also accounted for nearly half of the 102 pages of Kirby interior art published at this point in 1958.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

TALK ABOUT JOB SECURITY!!! 
Lee/Kirby's 100th issue
Cover and interior embellishment by Joe Sinnott

Monday, April 13, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 59 YEARS AGO TODAY

 Kirby/Ayers cover 
    "I Created Mechano" (13 Kirby/Ayers pages)

   
Once again atomic power causes a big problem in a Kirby drawn tale.

"Georgie's Globe" (5 Ditko pages)
Ditko's strange tale, like Kirby's leadoff, features a character the average comic reader of 1961 can easily identify with.  

 "Beware of Meeks Bringing Gifts" (5 Kirby/Brodsy pages)
A Kirby First Contact 5 pager is the closer. According to Nick Caputo a word balloon coming from a planet indicates a Larry Lieber script.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 2 YEARS AGO TODAY

ALL-NEW CLASSIC 10 PAGE TALE BY MARK WAID AND JACK KIRBY !!!

from
CAPTAIN AMERICA #700

Friday, April 10, 2020

58 YEARS AGO TODAY

More than 48 million U.S. households had a television

More than 15 million households watched Wagon Train.
More than 14 million watched Bonanza.
More than 13 million watched Gunsmoke.

They were the three most popular shows 
No wonder Lee commissioned this Kirby/Ayers cover!
(Alternate post title: is that a Rorschach chicken on the Kid's vest?)

Thursday, April 9, 2020

In 1963 Marvel published 142 comics.

100 had Kirby covers and 53 had Kirby story art totaling 919 pages. 2 reprinted 30 Kirby pages.
One of the 9 Kirby-cover-only issues of  TALES OF SUSPENSE that hit the shops in 1963. (embellishment by Ayers.)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In 1965 Marvel published 164 comics. 96 had Kirby covers and 58 had Kirby story art totaling 1,004 pages

In 1965 Marvel also reprinted 46 pages of Kirby art in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3,
39 pages in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY ANNUAL #1
55 pages in MARVEL TALES ANNUAL #2
48 pages in SGT FURY ANNUAL #1,
and 42 pages in MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS  #2.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In 1964 Marvel published 152 comics.

105 had Kirby covers and 53 had  interior Kirby art totaling 983 pages. 2 reprinted 40 Kirby pages.
One of the 6 Kirby-cover-only issues of  TALES OF SUSPENSE that hit the shops in 1964. (embellished by Brodsky.)

Monday, April 6, 2020

IN YOUR YOUR LCS 49 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 12th Kirby-covered comic of 1971 shipped. It was the 8th one that didn't have any Kirby story art.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 54 YEARS AGO TODAY

You had the opportunity to purchase something historic.
For the first time Marvel reprinted a Golden Age Captain America story. Actually they reprinted two Cap stories from 1941, both penciled by Kirby but finished by a different inker. The 17 page "Hunchback of Hollywood and the Movie Murder" was finished by Frank Giacoia. Reed Crandall applied his considerable embellishing skills to the 11 page "The Plundering Butterfly and the Ancient Mummies" 

FANTASY MASTERPIECES #3 also had another treat for  connoisseurs of comparative Kirby collaborations - a 13 page Kirby/Ayers giant monster story.

 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

49 YEARS AGO TODAY

The first year of the Kirby/DC campaign to defeat Marvel continued...


from FOREVER PEOPLE #3
words by Kirby
art by Kirby/Colletta

Friday, April 3, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 61 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only did this comic have a Kirby/Rule cover, it also had two stories drawn by them.
Plus there was also two stories drawn by future Kirby collaborator Joe Sinnott.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Slightly more 50 million U.S. households had a television.

15 million households watched Bonanza.
13 million watched Gunsmoke.
11 million households discovered Clint Eastwood on Rawhide.
11 million watched Wagon Train and The Virginian
No wonder Lee commissioned this Kirby/Ayers cover!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

56 YEARS AGO TODAY

Captain America's fourth Silver Age appearance was available at your local spinner rack.
Like Cap's three previous appearances since the beginning of the 1964, Kirby provided the art. Cap had been on hiatus since 1954. Kirby hadn't drawn the character that he co-created since 1942.