Thursday, September 10, 2020

60 YEARS AGO TODAY It was the Kirby/Ayers Age of Marvel Comics.

“As the inker Dick had to do a lot of “embellishing” (in ink, but also in pencil, to bring the drawing up to a finish before inking it). Also a lot of corrections and refinements and added detail were required–probably partly due to how fast Kirby penciled, which was always very fast (as much as five pages per day, I have heard–on a good day the most I could ever manage was three, and not on a regular basis!). Anyhow Dick estimated that the inking took him two or three times as much time per page as it did for Jack to pencil. And he wasn’t bragging or complaining–that’s just how it was in those days.” - Rich Buckler

Dick Ayers prided himself in making sure that the period weaponry and costuming was authentic.

Not only did Ayers work his magic on this Kirby cover he also embellished all 23 of the interior pages, five of which were penciled by Kirby.

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