Tuesday, September 1, 2015

74 YEARS AGO TODAY


MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #24 didn't have a Kirby cover but it DID have 7 pages of Kirby/Simon art making Kirby's third year drawing funny books his most successful so far.  He had 14 covers published and 616 interior pages! If THAT wasn't enough to satisfy that era's Kirby fans he also had 19 pages of story illustrations in three different Goodman pulps!!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

75 YEARS AGO TODAY the second Kirby bondage cover fought to stand out among the flood of new product from the new publishers that were inspired by SUPERMAN's success a year earlier.

It was the third Kirby cover to appear on a comic with no Kirby interior art. This brought Kirby's total for his second year as a professional comic book artist up to 5 covers (all of them inked by Joe Simon) and 121 interior pages.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

77 YEARS AGO TODAY Jack Kirby's first published comic book work was available in the stores.

Besides working for Lincoln Features in 1938, Kirby was also employed by Jerry Iger and Will Eisner's syndicate. His first assignments were Count of Monte Cristo (4 episodes or 8 episodes - its a disputed point between comic historians), Diary of Dr.Hayward (12 episodes) and Wilton of the West (12 episodes).
When Fiction House Publishing contracted Iger and Eisner's syndicate to supply material for JUMBO COMICS they provided them with Kirby's Diary and Wilton which Fiction House used in the first three issues of the title. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

79 YEARS AGO TODAY Jack Kirby had been working as a staff artist for Lincoln Features Syndicate for three months, a job he would keep for two years. He created real facts strips (Your Health Comes First and Facts You Never Knew), humorous strips (Socko the Seadog and Abdyl Jones), adventure strips (Black Buccaneer and Cyclone Burke) and editorial cartoons. These strips were done in different styles and signed with different aliases.

The enigmatic Lincoln Features, which was run by Horace T. Elmo, is a syndicate that sold features to weekly papers. Weeklies are a notoriously bad market, and Elmo never had a great deal of luck selling his material. Lincoln was a curious mix of slapdash and brilliant work. The syndicate's main claim to fame is that Jack Kirby got his start there. Unfortunately Kirby didn't discuss the syndicate in any depth in later years, so we really don't know much about it. Some of the Lincoln material is so rare that it has yet to be found actually appearing in a newspaper (Kirby's Abdul Jones, for instance, so far exists only in the form of a run of proofs that Kirby held onto) - source http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2011/05/obscurity-of-day-detective-riley.html

Strippersguide.blogspot.com explains that when you DO find a Lincoln strip in a Weekly it usually only runs for only 4-6 episodes which means that the syndicate sent the newspaper some samples, which the Weekly would then use without any intention of picking up the service on a paying basis.

I don't know if this example of Kirby's early strip work appears in EVERY Kirby biography but if you've read Mark Evanier's KIRBY KING OF COMICS or Greg Theakston's JACK KIRBY TREASURY you've already seen this strip.