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John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | February 18, 2012

Correction

Obviously, this is from KAMANDI #7 (published by DC), not 2001 #7 (published by Marvel). Nice page, though!

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Posted by: Ferran Delgado | February 18, 2012

Countdown minus ten.

Ten pages to arrive to the key number. Surprises are about to show... :-)

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Posted by: ken bastard | February 18, 2012

Love these pages...

...they just look so much better than the printed comic.

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Posted by: patrick ford | February 19, 2012

Pencils of Steel

No doubt about it. By the mid '60s Jack was developing a style that should have been both inker proof and colour proof. I've never seen a Kirby page from the '70s and later which didn't look better in B&W. In fact the colour on something like Kamandi cheapened Kirby's work. People will say, "The artwork was meant to be seen in colour."
That is true to the commercial intent, but I see Kirby as being sure his pages work in B&W.

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Posted by: John S. | February 20, 2012

Color

I don't agree that those books had bad color. The printing in early seventies comics was generally excellent, due to the fact that they used a better paper stock than was used in the latter seventies, and the fact that they were still being printed with metal plates, which always produced a sharper, crisper image than the plastic plates they switched to later.

As to the idea of Kirby's pages being meant to be seen in black-and-white...most certainly not. Kirby always understood the importance of color-holding containment lines for every element of his pictures, and his style -- like that of most other mainstream comic artists of that time -- was designed with that principle in mind. The fact that it worked in black-and-white AS WELL AS color was because Kirby, like all other good comic artists, also understood that the art SHOULD work in black-and-white as well as color. Why? Because if it works in black-and-white, it will also, generally, work in color; and if it doesn't work in black-and-white, it generally won't work in color, either.

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