How Creations are Made

It all starts with copies of Jack Kirby's photocopies he made back in the 60's and 70's of his pencils before he sent them to the publisher for inking. Thanks to John Morrow’s Jack Kirby Collector for archiving and publishing them and the Jack Kirby museum for posting scans, we all had the chance to see the raw power of Kirby’s pencils.

Mike Royer and Dick Ayers completed the first Creations in late 1999. Creations are ongoing and continue today. The process for making this art involves the following:

  1. Scan Jack Kirby’s original photocopies he made of his pencils, then enlarge to original art size. For modern comics this is approximately 10 x 15 inches, for twice up pages, 14 x 20 inches.
  2. Enlarged scans are printed out and attached to 2-ply Bristol board, then meticulously traced line by line. In some cases, I produced the new pencils in other cases they were done by the inker.
  3. The recreated pencils are sent to an inker who originally inked for Kirby in the past. Inkers who have contributed include: Joe Sinnott, Mike Royer, Dick Ayers, Rich Ayers, Herb Trumpe, Dan Adkins and Greg Theakston.
  4. These creations can be seen in the creations section.