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Meskin? Looks like Meskin to me. Any opinions?
In volume 2 of THE JACK KIRBY TREASURY, Greg Theakston lists the inker of this cover as Jack Kirby. The KIRBY CHECKLIST seconds that credit. I'd say that's probably correct, but it would be nice if we could get a guy like Harry Mendryk, who really knows this stuff, to weigh in.
Wasn't Meskin's line a bit more delicate?
Can't tell for sure, I don't know that much about this Kirby period.
For now I put Kirby as inker for both covers based on the Jack Kirby Collector Gold List. I'm also reaching out to Harry to see if he can look and verify if Kirby is indeed the inker.
I think we're coming to realize that Jack did a lot more inking in those days then thought. This whole Meskin thing I was on may have caused some confusion. What I thought was Meskin may have actually been Jack. Though the studio did have a house technique they were all using for a consistent look. AND--this was back in the day of assembly line inking--the inking process went through a few hands.
Kinda makes you think for the "Inker:" credit to just say, "Simon&Kirby Studios".