Monday, October 5, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

47 YEARS AGO TODAY Thor's 13 page origin was the most reprinted pages of Kirby story art.

It had been reprinted 51 months earlier in MARVEL TALES ANNUAL #1. As of October 1968 no other Kirby-drawn story had been reprinted more than once.
THOR #158 had a new 7 page framing sequence by Kirby and Colletta.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

47 YEARS AGO TODAY if you had been a FANTASTIC FOUR fan for less than five years you were lucky. The never-before-reprinted story in MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS #18 would be new to you.

Part of the fun of rereading Silver Age Marvels is knowing now that Lee would provide the beginning and ending and task the artist/co-plotter with supplying  the middle. Superhero stories being formulaic that was frequently as simple as choreographing fight sequences. Having the alien interact with gangsters was probably a Kirby contribution.

Friday, October 2, 2015

51 YEARS AGO TODAY Kirby gets Stoned!

All nine of the Kirby covers that shipped September 1964 were inked by Chic Stone.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


     Celebrating S.H.I.E.L.D.'s 50th anniversary, Marvel proudly presents the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. adventures! In 1965, having revolutionized everything from super heroes to war and Westerns, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby set their sights on the spy game. Cold War covert ops had been dominating headlines, so they created an international organization to protect the Marvel Universe. Headed by Nick Fury, and featuring Tony Stark and the Howling Commandos, S.H.I.E.L.D. boasted amazing gadgets, world-dominating villains and the debut of the awesome Helicarrier! These adventures include the first appearances of Hydra and A.I.M.; a team-up with Captain America; and countless threats to every man, woman and child on Earth. Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #21
(1961) , and material from STRANGE TALES #135-150 and TALES OF SUSPENSE #78.
     145 pages including 2 historical text pages by Stan Lee from  SON OF ORIGINS  OF MARVEL COMICS. Plus 4 pages of Kirby original art and period house ads.