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Posted by: patrick ford | February 28, 2012

First Rate

Great viewers POV image with the Demon crashing down from the battlements. The series was a perfect vehicle for Kirby to explore some of the same themes his work on the Hulk hinted at.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | February 28, 2012

The Devil in our Midst

Didn't I tell you all? LOL

Wonderful choice Tom!

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | February 28, 2012

Re: The Devil in our Midst

Yes when I saw your post yesterday I was wondering if you were hacking into the site. :)

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | February 28, 2012

The Very Best of the Very Best

Congratulations on reaching the 1000th page in the WiK Gallery, Tom! If I were making the choice for page #1000, I couldn't have picked a better one than this. In fact, I think I would have chosen this very cover! So it just goes to prove that you have excellent taste! ;)

It would be pretty damn difficult for me to pick my favorite Jack Kirby comic of all time, since The King did so many great ones, but there's no doubt that THE DEMON would be right near the top of my list. It truly was a sensational series and this was undoubtedly the best cover of the entire run.

It's always interesting to compare the original art to the final, printed version of a cover to see what changes were made before the issue hit the stands, and on this one, the most noticeable of a number of changes were the ones on the logo (the "sides" of which were blacked in) and on the blurb in the lower left, where the word "introducing" was replaced with "1st. DC ISSUE".

The art here is in incredibly good shape for a forty year old cover, so I would guess that the (very lucky) owner has had it restored. Oh, to be wealthy...!! But if we ourselves can't ever afford to own magnificent Jack Kirby originals like this one, I'm sure glad we still have access to them through this excellent (and very addictive) website! So keep up the fabulous work, Tom, and FULL POWER for the NEXT 1000 pages!!

LONG LIVE THE KING!!!

Hans Kosenkranius's picture
Posted by: Hans Kosenkranius | February 28, 2012

Re: Restoration

John - The Demon #1 has never been restored. This is exactly the way it looked when I bought it directly from Roz Kirby shortly before she passed away. I owned it for many years but moved it to help me acquire a cover I prized even greater - the FF #40. It was a hard decision, but the F.F. holds greater nostalgia for me.

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Posted by: John S. | February 28, 2012

Incredible

Hard to believe it's never been restored. There are virtually no visible glue stains and even the back of the art appears to be in pristine condition. Since there are a number of minor differences between this piece and the final, printed cover, is it possible the printed version was shot from a stat and not the original art? If it was never shipped to World Color in Illinois, it would have been spared a lot of bumps and bruises along the way. All the owners (including yourself) must have taken exceptionally good care of it, as well -- which is understandable, considering what it must be worth. That F.F. cover is a really nice one, but being a '70s guy myself, I'd never have given this one up to acquire it. So I can understand how that would've been a difficult decision, even for a "sixties guy". But I can also understand the priceless value of sincere nostalgia and, as many people have pointed out, most fans' favorite Kirby period is the one in which they first became captivated by Jack's work -- usually at a fairly young age.

Hans Kosenkranius's picture
Posted by: Hans Kosenkranius | February 29, 2012

Re: Incredible

You're spot on, John. The Kirby period that first captivated me was the summer of 65.' I started buying comics off the stands for the first time. FF #40 was one of my earliest acquisitions. Demon #1 was nostalgic too, but it was one of the last books added to my collection before I lost interest in comics for about 20 yrs.

Besides the Kirby's and myself, the present owner of the Demon #1 cover has been the only other holder. I'm sure he's taking exceptionally good care of it. He also owns the complete story.

Ferran Delgado's picture
Posted by: Ferran Delgado | February 29, 2012

Congratulations and thanks, Tom and Rand!

Congratulations for reaching the landmark number, and for an incredible task with this site and the Kirby Museum!

Hard to imagine a few years ago that we could enjoy a site like this one, a dream come true for any Kirby lover and original art fan. It could be only done thanks to the sacrifices by Tom Kraft and Rand Hoppe, who spent much of their time and money and efforts by carrying a large format scanner along the country to get those scans done. (although I'm sure that the privilege to hold in their hands so many jewels already paid off...)

Many thanks also to any fan and art dealer who contributed with their pieces to the site, like for example Tod Seisser who is the owner of mostly of the top ten pieces (it's public since he has them posted at his CAF gallery, although with lesser quality scans).

Keep them rolling!

Ferran Delgado's picture
Posted by: Ferran Delgado | February 29, 2012

Artist's Edition?

With so many high quality scans done till now stored at the site, including whole issues, I think that it'd be very easy to gather some of them and publish an Artist's Edition by IDW. So there's any news related to it?

I'm aware that Marvel could be reluctant to give permission since the Kirby State still has a legal dispute with them, but maybe DC would allow it with no great difficulties. There's an Eisner's Spirit edition in the works, so there's already collaboration between both companies.

My preferences would be Marvel stuff from the 60s, but Fourth World issues woud also a terrific content for a high quality book like this one.

I'm aware that Jack Kirby Collector already published many originals at large size, but it didn't reach the level of excellence of Artist's editions, printed in full color and with great paper and printing. JKC didn't publish whole issues, either.

JADowdell's picture
Posted by: JADowdell | February 29, 2012

Congrats and Thanks

Thank you for all your work to assemble this site and 1,000 pages of amazing Kirby art! I look forward to getting to 2,000!

Frank Fosco's picture
Posted by: Frank Fosco | February 29, 2012

Ding, ding, ding, ding!!

Made it to four digits! 1,000! What a feat! Congratulations, Tom. Thank you for a wonderful journey getting us there. Looking forward to the trek getting us to 2,000!

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | February 29, 2012

Thank you all

Thank you all for your kind words and I'm happy all the effort has attracted great people to visit and enjoy this site and follow WiK on Twitter and Like on Facebook. It's been a wild, intense ride over the 18 months since its relaunch. I've met many, many great people on this site and on the road at conventions.

What if Kirby wouldn't be much without all the great Kirby fans, collectors, dealers and researchers coming to this site and providing great Kirby art for archiving. Rand from the Kirby Museum has been instrumental in the process of scanning and archiving art since 2006, I started in 2008. He just returned from last week's Image Expo in Oakland, CA where he archived 39 more pages for the archive. Erik Larsen helped the Museum get a booth and contributed yet more of his great Kirby art for scanning.

With more than 1,000 pages for study and research, WiK has become an invaluable research tool to learn about Kirby's work through the art itself. Being able to sort all the pages by inker, title, date etc. allows for detailed analysis of Kirby's and the inker's patterns and style evolution. No other comic book artist has this resource!

So the next 1,000 will only get better and hopefully won't take another 18 months.

Sorry if I'm babbling...
Tom

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