Tuesday, June 30, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 61 YEARS AGO TODAY

1959 was a great year to be a Kirby fan. Since the beginning of the year 33 Kirby-covered comics were published.
This latest one, like all but 15 of those comics, also had Kirby story  art.

Monday, June 29, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 51 YEARS AGO TODAY

The 90th consecutive Lee/Kirby FANTASTIC FOUR was available for purchase.

The cover gives away the entire issue's plot, which is finally gotten to after spending the first 8 pages showing how the villain they defeated in the previous issue is disposed of.

Kirby rarely used a 9-panel grid (1 page out of 20 in this case) but when he did it was always a treat.



Kirby proves repeatedly that a three panel tier is optimal for presenting a transformation sequence. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Saturday, June 27, 2020

60 YEARS AGO TODAY

Future movie star Groot makes his debut in a 7 page, 31 panel story.
Cover by Kirby and Ditko. 
Story art by Kirby and Ayers.

As if that isn't awesome enough - there is also a 6 pager by Kirby/Ditko

Friday, June 26, 2020

78 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 17th cover for 1942 went on sale.
It was his 5th (consecutive) cover for ADVENTURE.
It was his 42nd published cover.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

79 YEARS AGO TODAY

A complete Timely/Atlas (Marvel) collection would consist of 46 comics. With the newest issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA, seven  were Kirby covered.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 23rd cover for 1975 hit the shops.
Like all but 2 of those comics 1ST ISSUE SPECIAL #6 also had Kirby interior art.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 62 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's 9th cover for 1958 went on sale.
A third of them were for 
CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN.

Monday, June 22, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 48 YEARS AGO TODAY

Like the first issue of NEW GODS, the first issue of DEMON begins with the destruction of an existing mythology.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

IN YOUR LCS 43 YEARS AGO TODAY

Kirby's penciling speed is legendary. How many minutes would you estimate that it took him to draw his 31st cover for 1977?

Saturday, June 20, 2020

13 YEARS AGO TODAY

Marvel reminds Millennials of Kirby's Legacy
from 
MARVEL SPOTLIGHT:
 CAPTAIN AMERICA REMEMBERED 

Friday, June 19, 2020

51 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had been following Kirby's work for less than 5 years there was 25 pages of reprinted Kirby art in MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #22 that would be new to you. Either way the cover would be new to you...
 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

46 YEARS AGO TODAY

Was this issue of KAMANDI inspired by writer/artist/editor Kirby eating a bad California seafood dinner?

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

45 YEARS AGO TODAY

1975 was a good year to be a Kirby enthusiast. The two 2 new Kirby-covered comics that you would find at the shops this week, like 19 of the 20 Kirby-covered comics already published that year, also contained Kirby story art.



Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

Sunday, June 14, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 59 YEARS AGO TODAY

TALES OF SUSPENSE #21 was the second issue of that title to have art by Kirby and Ditko only.
Dick Ayers inked the Kirby cover and the 18 Kirby interior pages.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

After having read MAD MAGAZINE and DC comics for half my life, the first week of June 1967 I bought my first Marvel comic, THOR #143. I was so impressed that a week later I gave FANTASTIC FOUR #66 a try.

Friday, June 12, 2020

57 YEARS AGO TODAY

Not only would you be able to find the Kirby-covered JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #95TALES OF SUSPENSE #45 and KID COLT OUTLAW #112 at your local comic spinner rack. There was also


Half of these six books had at least some Kirby interior artwork (FANTASTIC FOUR #18 was the only one with 100% Kirby art)

Thursday, June 11, 2020

ON THE SPINNER RACKS 58 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you were a fan of Kirby covers and insect-inspired characters, with only 12 cents to spend, which comic did you choose?
OR
Did you buy the one with the 13 pages of Kirby story art?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

54 YEARS AGO TODAY

KIRBY COMIC PLOT PADDING 101: the fantasy sequence detailing what will happen if the villain wins.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

53 YEARS AGO TODAY

My Marvel collection consisted of two comics.
THOR #143 
and
Marvel paid Kirby more for covers because he knew just the elements to combine to separate children from their money.
Kirby's talent for designing impressive architecture made me begin to appreciate establishing shots more. 

My years of reading Superboy/Superman made me assume that bald scientists are evil. Kirby reinforces this belief by using his "arrogant stance" for the character in the second panel. Kirby portrays another of the scientists projecting the same body language from a different angle in the third panel.
Lee/Kirby pose the philosophical question "Is it wrong to put a blind girl in harm's way to advance science?" Note that the least evil/amoral scientist is the one with blonde hair.
An action-filled flashback explains WHY they need to put a blind damsel in distress (and a girlfriend of one one of the Fantastic Four besides) while also giving a hint of how powerful the mystery character is.
What are they looking at on the penultimate page? Lee/Kirby figured it would be worth another 12 cents to find out!

Monday, June 8, 2020

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

If your New Year's resolution for 1946 was to buy every new comic with a cover by Kirby so far you would have had to buy 11 comics. 
Five of them would have been STAR SPANGLED.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

61 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you bought a copy of the only Atlas war comic on the spinner rack (possibly because of the Kirby cover) you were rewarded with 2 Kirby written & drawn stories!!!
To see interior artwork from this issue, plus a history of Atlas war comics, click here:

Saturday, June 6, 2020

65 YEARS AGO TODAY

Two new Kirby-covered comics hit the shops bringing his total for 1955 up to 10 published covers (for 8 different titles.)

Nearly 300 Kirby covers had been published in 180 months.

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.