Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

119 YEARS AGO TODAY Christopher Rule was born. He worked mainly during the Mostly Uncredited Era of Comics so it is impossible to quantify his contributions to the embryonic industry.

It IS a fact that Rule inked the first Atlas/Marvel Kirby cover after the company-hopping Kirby's 17 year hiatus from the company formerly known as Timely.
Rule also inked the seven-page Kirby story that the cover spotlighted

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fin Fang Foom marked the end of 13 page Giant Menace Era. Starting with STRANGE TALES #90 Kirby's lead stories were cut back to seven pages.

Coincidence-filled alien invader stories with twist endings supplied by unlikely heroes filled the void. 
There isn't a story that can't be made better by setting it at a circus.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lee and Kirby hit the ball and touched them all with their lead story for STRANGE TALES #89.

"When I was a kid, I loved going to the movies. When I say a kid, I mean 10, 11, 12 years old. And there was one movie I'd seen. I remember nothing about it except the name. It took place in China, I believe, and the name of the movie was Chu Chin Chow. Now I have no idea what it meant — I don't know if it was somebody's name or a country or a city, but I never forgot that name. Those three words just stuck in my memory: Chu Chin Chow. So when I was looking for the name of a monster, I remember Chu Chin Chow ... and that particular meter, that beat, somehow led to Fin Fang Foom."  Stan Lee (from ALTER EGO #3)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


FANTASTIC FOUR #89 had the same amount of full page panels as the first 11 issues of that title combined. (5)