I'm back from the SDCCI for less than a week and still organizing and archiving scans. This year's show yield over 150 new pages for the Jack Kirby Museum's Original Art Digital Archive Project and this site. This puts our total to 1,615 pages which is approximately 10% of the available Kirby art estimated to be in existence.
On of the many things I enjoyed in creating this site was the ability to compare and study Jack Kirby's pencils to the original art inks. Jack Kirby in the 1970s installed in his home, a photo copying machine. With it he made copies of most of his pencil pages before they were sent to the publisher for inking. Fortunately, all these copies were saved and stored in yellow manilla folders in his studio. Hundreds of these copies were scanned by John Marrow, editor and creator of the Jack Kirby Collector. These copies were used in his publication and inspired us all.
Today What if Kirby announces having reached the 700th Jack Kirby comic art page, displayed in the Gallery section. To highlight this milestone, a pin-up page to Fantastic Four, Annual 2 featuring Mr. Fantastic was chosen. The ongoing mission of WiK and the Jack Kirby's Museum's Original Art Digital Archive is to scan as many pages of Kirby art as there are available.
Thanks to the many Original Art dealers and private collectors for contributing their art to this site and the Museum's Digital Archive.
What if Kirby will be set up at this month's San Diego Comic Con International to scan more Kirby original art for the Jack Kirby Original Art Digital Archive and the Gallery section of WiK. I'll be set up with scanner at Bechara Maalouf's Nostalgic Collectables from prevue night on Wednesday, July 20th through Sunday, July 24th. In addition, Rand Hoppe of The Jack Kirby Museum will also have a booth dedicated to the museum and will also scan original comic art for the archive.