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Quite an interesting page. You can see from the pencil lines that Ditko did not follow everything Kirby put down, but added a few touches of his own, I think its quite effective, although there were times when Ditko would ink every line Kirby drew, perhaps due to time constraints or being pulled away from inking his own work (as occasionally happened on Dr. Strange).
Its amazing that Ditko didn't erase any of Kirby's pencil lines – and they still managed to make negatives without them appearing in the final printed piece.
This is the oldest original issue I own of the Fantastic Four and I have had it a very long time.
It is very interesting to see Ditko inking Kirby... I believe he inked Jack several times... Hulk #2 comes to mind.
I read this story first in an issue of Marvel Collector's Items Classics... Those were the days!
Anyway, seeing the "leftover" pencils underneath Steve's ink choices is indeed "amazing".
I love seeing the "nuts and bolts" of an original page of art.
BTW, I am new here. This is my first post.
Welcome and congratulations on your first post. Having the ability to zoom into art for study and enjoyment is one of the best features of the site. Hope you continue to enjoy the site and post often.
Thank you for the welcome! As I have said, I never seem to tire of talking Kirby or looking at his fantastic legacy.