MIKE is THE BEST IMHO but that technique on that panel puzzles me regardless the explanation
We'll let it go at that ;-)
That inking on the suspension bridge is not "weak" at all, rather it is VERY skillfully done by Mike Royer to be a bit lighter than the foreground elements, to enhance the impression of deep space that is involved in this wonderful drawing
Why is the inking so 'weak' on the destroyed suspension bridge;(or archway) everything else has the same intensity except for THAT area of the panel?
That anyone could give this less than 5 stars. Just look at the complex human characterization Jack gave our rodent friend on the right. He looks wary, sly and very, very dangerous!
After the Fourth World books, we all wondered where Kirby would go next. Well, we didn't have to wait long because Kamandi and The Demon were soon upon us. And with double-page spreads like this one, we could tell a new epic was beginning!
Well that explains it! The unstable molecules allowed her to make her nails visible through the costume. She probably just had them done for the pinup. Good thing she limited her costume's invisibility to her nails, otherwise she could have had some trouble with the Comics Code folks.
Nothing fantastic there, just your regular unstable molecules fabric… That's common knowledge!
I always loved how the King drew such elegant, tapering fingers on his women, and here is a standout example. And there's no other way to put it: It's FANTASTIC that you can see Sue's finger nails through her gloves!
It looks like Chic probably prettied up Sue's eyes—similar to what Mike Royer did to Big Barda's face on the splash page to Mister Miracle #5—not that I'm complaining! (After all, it is a pin-up!)
I remember not being sure what to think of Mike's inks the first time I saw them. His style was so different from previous Kirby inkers (especially Coletta). But after I dug out my copy of the Kirby Unleashed portfolio, I understood how faithful Royer's inks were to Jack's pencils.
This issue featuring Big Barda sure got my adolescent heart racing! And ya gotta love the expressions on the delivery guys' faces, as well as, the 1970s "women's lib" comment!
The masterful perspective of the first panel alone should get this page four stars! (And I'm getting vertigo the longer I stare at it.)
From my perspective, this is one of the best Kirby splashes ever! The depth Jack has achieved here is beyond words. Also love Ayers inking on all of the Kirby/Lee Rawhide Kid stories. The textures and folds in the clothes, gloves and boots are absolutely masterful! The only thing missing is the familiar Kirby/Ayers byline (although Stan was sure to get his full name on it). And after seeing this, I absolutely have to get the Rawhide Kid Marvel Masterworks volumes.
That issue (107) was sheer greatness! It was such a great story, and far from the beaten path of superhero yarns at that. Stan and Jack (or at least Jack) poured a lot of creative energy into this title at this time, determined to make the mag a success, which they did. 106 and 107 were the best one-shots in comics that year (which is saying a lot).
I agree with you on that splash too--such impact!
Syd did seem to add that golden age feel to CA, though that's not the reason why I admire his inking. It's his use of shadow and the realism he imparts to the King's pencils that grabs me.
Syd's inking added such a unique and different quality to Jack's pencils (as compared to Sinnott, Ayers, Colletta and Giacoia). It reminded me of the reprinted Simon & Kirby 1940s Cap stories I was reading in Fantasy Masterpieces at that time—which make sense since I later learned that many of them had been inked by Shores! My favorite Cap issue that Shores inked in the1960s was #107 featuring Dr. Faustus in "If The Past Be Not Dead." The splash page was amazing!
I wanted the book and tried to budget for it, but expenses knocked it out of the picture. Reading the comments here I'm relived the way things worked out. It sounds to me like the scans at this web page are a better way of looking at the art.
I love the 'zoom' option. Not only do we see that un-inked Cap figure
in panel 5, but we also see that Dick didn't ink the lower part of Cap's leg in panel 3 - and it really
wasn't necessary to have it. 2 seconds work for Dick - I think he left it off for clarity reasons (maybe
the same thinking happened in panel 5??). I also like that we can see that the right side border of
panel 3 is moved slightly, to accommodate the slightly overflowing lettering.
in the Kirby/Royer Superman face. And ironic isn't it that seven years after this drawing, Brando played Jor-El in the 1978 Superman movie. Hmm, maybe Jack really could see into the future...
It wouldn't surprise me if Stan instructed Dick to erase that figure of Cap since I've never seen another example of Ayers not inking everything that Kirby put on the page.
Outstanding Kirby action sequence but Reinman's inking leaves a lot to be desired.
Even so, it still deserves it four stars.
This is one of my favorite Giacoia pages, too. And Jack did a really good job with the variety of shots in this sequence. It's tough to make these all-dialogue pages look interesting, but I think he has some fairly good camera-work going on here, which helps a lot.
While never as slick as Sinnott, Frank's inks were always true to Kirby's drawings without being slavish. The expert spotting of blacks, overall line work and especially the way he treated each character's hair makes this one of my favorite Giacoia pages of all time. Thanks for posting!
Happy to have found this site, where you folks are discussing the same issue that bothers me about the book: those damn solid blacks! I dislike them so much that I've asked Tales of Wonder whether I can return the book for a refund; no reply yet.
I, too, have emailed IDW about my dissatisfaction. My fingers are crossed for the forthcoming Steranko editions.
Kirby inked by Sinnott put all competition to shame, period.
If you can find anything by any competitor(s) that you feel comes close to any Kirby/Sinnott page, I'm gonna tell you to go get your eyes checked!
Hey, how come there's nearly no gray in Joe's brush strokes? There doesn't appear to be any operator error in the scan, but somehow these blacks are 99.99% pure black! The man couldn't have been dipping his brush every 15 seconds, could he?
Any way you slice it, this duo was and still is unparalleled.
The line quality in this particular issue is extraordinary. Jack and Joe were firing on all cylinders for this one!
No joke, Kirby inked by Sinnott was putting all competition to shame between issues 45 to 70.
IDW, don't ever mess with issue 51… I'll kill for that one!