Journey Into Mystery, Issue 124, Page 1


johngentil's picture
Posted by: johngentil | September 11, 2011

cross promotion

Amazing Spider-Man 33 and Strange Tales 141 (both February 1966 cover dates) on the newsstand.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | September 11, 2011

The Eraser and the Lazy!

Quite interesting: Colletta spared no time to erase the pencils below the spill of black ink. Obviously, he kept himself busy erasing what he wasn't willing to do. Pay attention to the buildings in the background, Vinnie didn't ink a single brick or window and just replaced them with glass frames (no time to add some effect, like glass reflections?).

Still, he found enough time to redraw several faces in his own style. For someone who had to cut corners in order to make a decent living out of a low page rate, you may wonder, why? Couldn't he have contented himself in erasing the hard work Kirby put in his pencils (as usual) and just following the remaining (surviving) Kirby's lines?

No, erasing wasn't enough, Vinnie also wanted to impose his stylistic approach!
What he put on the page, his thin scratchy lines, is really quite depressing to look at with all this butchering and redrawing.

Keep in mind that whatever pencils Kirby did for this page it must have been full pencils from Jack at his peak!

No layout excuse, Vinnie destroyed prime Kirby!
No urgency excuse, Kirby was never late, probably the opposite, in fact.

Waiting now, to hear from those who warmed up to his work. Good luck.

Frank Fosco's picture
Posted by: Frank Fosco | September 11, 2011

re: cross promotion

And the one promotion that's missing where that dry glue is that says Marvel comics, was Fantastic Four 47. Another cover date for February 1966. "Beware this Hidden Land!"

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | September 11, 2011


You beat me to it Fiery Frank.
Beware fellow Wiknautes, I finally unboxed most of my Kirby Omnibus and Essential phonebooks!

Now is a good time to withdraw all your plans to rip off Frank Giacoia from more glory!

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | September 11, 2011

Undoubtedly unintentional, but...

...that character in the middle right of the page, shown from the rear three-quarter view, looks a lot like Jim Steranko, in my estimation.

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