Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why it is difficult to get an accurate lifetime page count of Kirby's product.

Do you count this as one Kirby cover or two?


Odds are that multi-talented Marie Severin designed this cover. From 1968 to 1972 she did the preliminary sketches for most of Marvel's covers (except for SPIDER-MAN) which were then approved by Stan Lee before they were sent out to the artists. (source MARIE SEVERIN: THE MIRTHFUL MISTRESS OF COMICS by Dewey Cassell)

Monday, April 13, 2015

53 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: ATTENTION COLLECTORS OF THOUGHT BALLOON COVERS.)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

52 YEARS AGO TODAY slightly more 50 million U.S. households had a television.

15 million households watched Bonanza.
More than 13 million watched Gunsmoke.
More than 11 million households discovered the embryonic Clint Eastwood on Rawhide.
11 million watched Wagon Train and The Virginian
More than 10 million watched Have Gun Will Travel, the show that spawned a radio western.

No wonder Lee commissioned this Kirby/Ayers cover!
(Alternate post title: ATTENTION COLLECTORS OF THOUGHT BALLOON COVERS.)