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I want to make this website a kind of kaleidoscope where I flash all over Jack's career, so I'll do a quick eBay search and see if I can find some gems.
Looking at the brilliant Simon/Kirby covers as I scroll through all the hundreds of comic books for sale reminds me of summer afternoons in the 1970s where I'd wander down the block and check out a neighbors flea market. Finding a box full of old comics that were a nickle apiece was like finding buried treasure.
Here are a couple Simon/Kirby scans I thought were great. First of all, look at this mess.
Beautiful Kirby/Simon art from 1954, but this is why I love looking at comics online. I shudder to think about what those brown stains on the cover of that book might be. I remember when I was about 9-years-old in the late 1970s going to a friend's house to buy some comics, because he had a mint condition copy of Star Wars #1 for me. Only one problem, unfortunately his cat went to the bathroom on it. Not saying that's what happened to this book, but I don't expect to see it in a CGC slab anytime soon.
I've also met a lot of collectors who say they love the smell of newsprint, but I'm not a member of that club. I love looking at comics on the computer, which is one of the reasons I decided to start showing some Kirby art on this website. In my opinion, looking at art on the computer makes the process more active, I can cut and paste images and try and put together my version of the ultimate PowerPoint presentation on the diversity and dynamics of Kirby's art and storytelling.
I hadn't seen this cover before and it actually made me laugh. Fighting American #1, Kirby/Simon art (1954).Not your typical "super-villain." Looks like a human version of George Lucas's Jabba the Hut.
Here's the last Simon-Kirby Captain America cover before Jack and Joe headed off to war. Attributed to Kirby/Crandall (1942).
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On April 12, the New York Times reported Joe Ruby & Ken Spears, and Sid & Marty Krofft are forming a partnership. They have 600 production boards of Kirby art produced for Ruby-Spears in the 1980s that had been boxed up and unseen for decades, and are planning to revive these unseen Kirby characters "in as many forms as possible."
Jack's Marvel and DC work is also filled with great unexplored characters like Norton of New York, one of my favorite Kirby stories from the 1970s.
Zooming in to the crowd of aliens, here are at least 12 more potential new Kirby characters.
Apr 14, 2010
A close-up of her face. Very nice Joe Sinnott inks here.
Also notice if we zoom in rally close, the impeccable craftsmanship of little details like the stars and buildings.
Here is another scan of Ardina and the Surfer, from a scan of the original art.