First story of the issue.
Jack Kirby's dialog is seen in pencil in the balloons.
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For a few seconds I thought this was a Steve Ditko page, then I saw the next to last panel and recognised the Kirbyness. Very Ditkoesque inking.
...very Steve Ditko like. Could he have been one of the inkers to finish up this page? He did work for a short time in Simon and Kirby studios, didn't he? Steve was very much influenced by Mort Meskin.
Ditko did work for S&K on CAPTAIN 3D about four or five years prior to this story being done. I think Joe Simon was working as an editor for Harvey when this book came out and Kirby was doing freelance work for various publishers, so there was no S&K studio, per se, at this time. But there's no reason to think that Steve couldn't have helped out on this as a favor to Joe or Jack, and/or to make a few extra bucks.
...Johnny S. what year Jack and Joe closed shop?
...I don't know the exact year. I would guess that it would have been around 1956, but there's other people out there, like Harry Mendryk, who are a lot more knowledgeable about those things than I am. Maybe one of them could answer that question. It's something I've wondered myself, and it's really tough to pin down the exact date that S&K closed their studio and ended their partnership, since they continued to work together on stuff like this even after their official partnership was dissolved.
Ask Mark Evanier.
There is no chance that page was inked by Simon. It isn't evident so much in the printed comic books, but if you look at full size scans or the original art it's apparent Simon had a very crude line. He really had well below average brush control. If people are registered at Heritage they can log in and look at a large scan of this page:
It's very easy to see how sloppy and wobbly Simon's brush line is.
Kirby inked an Alarming Tales story which is complete at Heritage, and it is masterful. The thin pen outline is most likely by Roz, but Kirby inked over everything with a brush, and his skill is jaw dropping.