LOVABLE LAYOUT, DYNAMIC DRAWING, INEPT INKING!
Now, I win this argument thanks to my masterful alliteration usage combined with SOME SKILLFUL ALL CAPS TYPING.
What if it was Stan himself who put the chain mail on the foreground guy's chest? I'm thinking that no professional artist could have actually done it, so who does that leave us with? As Art Director, if he wanted chain mail, Stan coulda done it to spare having to route the page to the bullpen for a touch-up.
We kind of get spoiled by Jack's consistent greatness, but what a feast for sore eyes this splash is! I've always admired Colletta's fine linework and thought it added a vintage, old world feel to Thor/JIM/TOA. I especially like the treatment here of the guy in the foreground, except his chain mail sucks. Odin's boots aren't that great either.
It's too bad artists and inkers weren't paid a decent wage in those days. You can tell that at some point Vinnie's clock ran out on this page, and he just roughed in what he didn't have finished, or declined to go back and polish up spots that he otherwise might have.
Whenever I look at these pages, and even as a kid, I'd admire the high points of the art and let the lesser aspects slide. These books were selling for 12 cents, and the economics were eons away from today's world of $4 comics and billion dollar blockbuster superhero movies of Jack's creations. Every artist--including Jack--turned in some mediocre art because the page rate at Marvel didn't support consistent excellence. It's too bad Bill Gaines wasn't publisher, because he paid fairly and got the best from his artists all the time. Of course, the net result in that scenario of higher quality would have been fewer pages from each artist, so Marvel's way of doing it had its advantages too.
Nobody could ink the Gargoyle like Stone could. Then again, nobody had so many chances at it either. Still, you have to admit that he totally looks like he's carved out of granite or some other kind of, er, Stone.
To me--this is overkill. This is just ugly. Shores's line is unconfident and he overcompensates by bathing the page with more chicken-sctratching. Zooming in on panel two is a nightmare.
Oh, wait--this guy used all caps. He said it louder so he wins this argument.
Without a doubt, the work of Jack Kirby was -- and still is -- the ULTIMATE trip through the realm of human imagination…!
The Alan Hunter character featured in this story arc (and shown in panels seven and eight of the above page) is another example of Jack patterning his fictional characters on real people, as he appears to have been based on Israeli mentalist Uri Geller, who was a popular performer at the time.
"To corner a demon is to imprison the whirlwind!" Well, there's certainly no imprisoning the whirlwind of Kirby's sensational storytelling on this great action page! And it's undoubtedly that same blistering pace which kept me from noticing one strange thing about this scene until just now. If Etrigan is a demon who was literally born in the fiery pits of Hell and can unleash torrents of blazing demon-flame upon his unfortunate adversaries, why would he be even slightly perturbed by Ugly Meg's "pyro-spells"? Wouldn't he just blast them right back at her with even greater fury? Of course he would! But maybe in the heat of battle he forgot he could do that -- just like I did every time I read this comic! Ah well, chalk up another one for the King's amazing ability to lead us any way he wants over the course of a story!
I've noticed recently that the published lettering on this book is not by Berry. That is even the case where Kirby's dialogue has not been changed.
Yes it is great news. There was talk that if there was a good possibility of going to the Supreme Court there would be some type of settlement. There was to much at risk for Disney and they made BILLIONS of dollars off Kirby's creative genius.
I hope soon we'll get more detail on the settlement. I'm sure there will be greater recognition of Jack's name on past and future movies and marketing materials. I hope also the family will benefit from this long drawn out legal battle financially.
Thanks for the post, Krackles!!!
I'm so happy to have read that article, except for where the writer referred to Jack as "one of the kings of comics." Instead, the writer should have noted that nobody produced as many pages, created as many characters, or inspired as many readers as Jack Kirby did.
This does seem to be good news for the Kirbys--it must be. Finally, after all these years, some measure of recompense was coughed up by the Scrooges at Marvel (although its not really Marvel anymore, it's Disney). I imagine all fans must feel degree of satisfaction as well. But if the Supreme Court had taken the case and ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, I would have very much enjoyed that, as well as what was sure to follow. (of course there's no guarantee this would have taken place)
I'm already hot on scanning many of these covers and will post a list as soon as I'm starting to work on the restoration process.
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I already started scanning some Silver Age Kirby covers before they began to brittle and crumble to dust!
Although I can use the Index to find the covers already available on Wik, the list won't necessarily match the high grades in my Kirby comics collection.
Yes we have a spreadsheet of every page scanned for the archive. I can post the covers in the forum.
Our first objective before adding printed materials to the site is to get the thousands of original art and photocopies up. After that we can go back and add the other media types etc.
That's only the second appearance of Galactus after the FF Galactus trilogy, Mike T. Even the colors on Galactus in that trilogy were little to be desired. Seems they were still fishing for a color scheme. Pink and orange in that issue of Thor was quite odd.
Frank, Here are my humble verdicts:
FF 75 p. 4 is quite simply a masterpiece.
Thor 134 p. 3, is great too, but only if you can overlook the coloring. Great penciling from Jack, decent inking by Vinnie, but the coloring... (cringe) Galactus is all pink and stuff! Very unbecoming. It doesn't appear to be a printing error, so I suspect that all (original $0.12) issues suffer from the same coloring that mine does.
Tom, do you already have a list of original art for the covers?
I'm pretty sure you have most of these comics but it could help if we split the work and started to check which comics are available for scanning in NM or better condition. We could share a list among the possible contributors?
Lost track of individual grades in my comics collection but I'm pretty sure I have most of Kirby's 70s output for Marvel in VF/NM to NM condition.
- Many 70s DC in VF to NM
- Some of 60s Marvel in F/VF to VF/NM.
Yes to scanning them in archival quality. I image in some cases high quality comics could be available but at cons the owners would not want you to touch the copies and possibly lower the grade so it would most likely be from less quality books, digitally restored.
I know you already planned to add scans of printed pages and covers but I was wondering if you intended to scan them with archival quality? I suppose it would be possible to borrow great conditions comics for scanning during conventions?
Of course, the stupid CGC boxes may become a problem.
We have talked about doing just that. The way the site is architected it can have an unlimited number of media types associated with a page in a book. First, we must get all the original art and photocopies posted then we can expand.
Actually, I don't know if this qualify for a restoration since I mostly cleaned up a decent scan I found online but it got me thinking… Wouldn't it be cool to scan covers for the Kirby Digital Archives, the way you do it for original art?
Great condition for covers (Mint or NM), scanned with archival quality, would make up for some great additions in the Kirby Museum!
Mebbe even interior pages!
Starting with great copies it would require minimal clean up and we could tweak these printed beauties into deadly gorgeous pieces of work!
Really a beautiful cover, well restored by you! Thanks for sharing.
Fantastic Four #74 cover.
High Res cleaned up scan for you to enjoy!
When you say lack of his right cheek, the light source is going from left (Galactus' right) to right creating a shadow on Galactus' left side and left cheek. Just an observation.