Fantastic Four Art

Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four Art Behind the Comics

See the over 120 pages of Jack Kirby art used to made some of your favorite Fantastic Four comics!

http://www.whatifkirby.com/gallery/galleryview?comictitle=Fantastic%20Four&art_type=All&inker=All&period=All&field_audio_list=All&comparisons=All&views_exposed_form_focused_field=
Demon Recreation

From Pencils to Inks to Print

In 2002 the unused page 11 from Demon #1's pencils were recreated and then inked by Mike Royer. Later it was used in the reprint Demon Omnibus.

http://www.whatifkirby.com/creations/demon-issue-1-page-11-unused
Pencils to Inks

New Feature: Pencils to Inks

The ultimate comparison. Kirby pencil copies to published inks. Link goes to all pages with the Pencils to Inks tab.

http://www.whatifkirby.com/gallery/galleryview?comictitle=All&art_type=All&inker=All&period=All&field_audio_list=All&comparisons=1&views_exposed_form_focused_field=
Jack Kirby Grid

A Page with a View, The New Kirby Grid

See and sort through hundreds of Jack Kirby pages in the Gallery at a time.

http://whatifkirby.com/gallery/kirbygrid
Mike Royer's Charlie Chan

Royer Revisits the Past

Mike Royer's reinterpretation of Jack Kirby's cover to Charlie Chan, issue 3 cover, originally published in 1948.

http://www.whatifkirby.com/creations/charlie-chan-issue-3-cover

Kirby Talk and News

"Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby" Exhibition at Northridge University in LA

August 23, 2015
Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby

This Monday, August 24th will be the opening of "Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby," the largest exhibition of Jack Kirby in the United States. The show is expected to bring 10s of thousands of visitors to see over 100 pages of original art and 3 interactive iPad displays provided by the Kirby Museum. The exhibition includes mostly Kirby's later DC work (Kamandi, New Gods, Forever People, Demon) however there will be examples of his Marvel and Golden Age 40s and 50s works as well.

August 28th – Donate to Kirby for Heros Initiative and Celebrate Kirby's Birthday

August 18, 2015
Kirby 4 Heros

At the end of this month, on the 28th is Jack Kirby's 97th birthday and the date for the Kirby Heroes 4 Heroes initiative. Kirby's granddaughter, Jillian Kirby, created the initiative to help comic book creators in need.

The Hero Initiative (http://www.heroinitiative.org) is a nonprofit organization started in 2000 to create a financial safety net for comic creators, much in the same fashion that exists in almost any other trade from plumbing to pottery.

The passing of Herb Trimpe

April 18, 2015
Herb Trunoe

Like everyone, I was sadden and shocked this week by the passing of another great, Herb Trimpe. I was lucky to have spoken with him at several shows including the Albany Con in 2013. He was always willing to talk about his work and Jack Kirby.

In 2009 I commissioned him to recreate my favorite Silver Surfer page from issue 18. I will miss chatting with him and seeing him at the shows.

In 2010, I did a quick voice interview of him discussing inking the Captain America Treasury edition. I hope to post the recording at sometime in the future.

Farewell Herb.

And another year at San Diego Comic Con International, July 21-27, 2014

July 12, 2014
San Diego Comic Con

Rand Hoppe of The Jack Kirby Museum (www.kirbymuseum.org) and I (Tom Kraft, (www.whatifkirby.com) will be at this year's San Diego Comic Con International. The Kirby Museum will be set up at booth 5520 and I will be set up at Bechara Maalouf's Nostalgic Investments' original art booth 1006.

Dick Ayers passes away today

May 5, 2014

[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] It's with a heavy heart that I report the Dick Ayers died today. I've personally known Dick for almost 14 years when I first started What if Kirby. Dick was the first Kirby inker to do a recreation.

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