Aug 28, 2010

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Aug 27, 2010

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Bigger, Stronger, Faster is a 2008 documentary film directed by Christopher Bell about the use of anabolic steroids as performance-enhancing drugs in the United States, and how this practice relates to the American Dream. Here is a clip from the film featuring Jack Kirby artwork originally used in The Marvel Super Heroes cartoons -- a Canadian-made animated television series starring comic-book superheroes from Marvel Comics in 1966.

The series had extremely limited animation, produced by xerography: photocopied images were taken directly from the comics and manipulated to minimize the need for animation. The cartoons were presented as a series of static comic-strip images where the only movement usually involved the mouth or the occasional arm and leg.

Here are comparisons of the original Kirby/Giacoia artwork next to screen captures of the cartoon images. The Kirby art is from Tales of Suspense # 63 (Mar 1965).

Great example of how Jack's straightforward cinematic style translated well to the big screen. Although the production values are pretty low on these cartoons, it's great to see Jack's pure style appearing in a cartoon as opposed to a watered-down version. As far as I know, there is no official version of these Marvel Superhero Cartoons for sale, but most of them are featured on YouTube.

In the past, I've seen some comic book fans blame Jack Kirby for the ultra-muscular superheores in modern comics, but I've always said that's like blaming Robert Johnson for rage rock. Kirby didn't invent gigantic men in tights colliding, he just came up with a more dynamic way to illustrate modern superheroes, and while Kirby's work was an influence on many popular comics artists, it's not Jack's fault these types of stories resonate with many young readers.

Aug 26, 2010

Boy Commandos '42

A sketch of Jack's Boy Commandos from 1942.

Aug 25, 2010

Be Here When Gods Walk the Earth!

It must have been an exciting time to be a Kirby fan in the 1970s, and see this advertisement for Jack's "latest, greatest, epic series" The Eternals appearing in Marvel comics.

Aug 24, 2010

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Pencil piece of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Appears to be a commission piece by Jack from the 1980s.

Aug 23, 2010

The Face of Doom

Fascinating image of Dr. Doom. Greg Theakson actually has video footage of Jack penciling this image that I hope he releases at some point. Jack didn't see Dr. Doom as horribly disfigured, instead Jack's vision for the character only had a small scar on his face, but his vanity forced him to wear the mask in order to hide the fairly insignificant imperfection. This looks like a recreation where Mike Royer took the pencils, enlarged them using a light box, and added inks.

Aug 22, 2010

Kirby Potpurri Part II

More random Kirby images from my K-files. I would have loved to have seen Jack illustrate a whole story with Tigra vs. the Super Skrull from the Marvel Chillers # 7 book above.

Aug 21, 2010

Kirby Potpurri

Every now and then I want to post some random scans from my files. No rhyme or reason to the selection, just several quick examples of great Kirby artwork.

Aug 20, 2010

Silver Burper

Kirby satire: The Silver Burper, from Not Brand Echh (Aug 1967), Kirby/Giacoia. Too bad Jack didn't do more work like this, his dynamic style and self-effacing sense of humor was perfect for super hero comedy.

Aug 19, 2010

Mighty Muggs

More toys based on a Kirby characters and costume designs: Hasbro's Silver Surfer, Galactus, and Cyclops "Mighty Muggs."