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In spite of the fact that someone has written "Kirby" in the lower left corner of the board, I seriously doubt that Kirby did the pencilling on this cover. Looks like a solo Joe Simon job to me.
... looks like some Jack!
It looks like Simon penciled this in whole or in part. The inking is so assertive it's hard to be sure if Kirby penciled any part of it.
I agree it's not very Kirby but pieces do feel Kirby to me such as the clouds in the background and the pattern of folds of the man's suit in his arm. I added Joe as the primary penciller.
This may be a very loose Kirby layout that Joe did the pencils and inks on. The composition and posing seems very Kirby.
Looking closer a few things I notice are, the position of the woman's eyes and left hand have been changed, the man close to her had his left hand on her shoulder, and the man in the background is a paste over from the waist up.
It may be Kirby did a very quick layout for the cover? The man's left hand which was on the woman's shoulder has the blocky look of a Kirby layout.
I'd vote for very loose Kirby. The way the woman is modelled in particular, esp the arms and hand and the odd detailing around bustline of dress, is very Kirby. Also as Pat says, the erased hand of the guy. Kirby did like that kind of floor patterning occasionally too, though that's hardly definitive.
Patrick and Chrissie--agreed. I already said as much but didn't realize I wasn't logged in so my comment titled "Layout" should be showing up sometime soon.