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Posted by: patrick ford | November 26, 2011

Jack's Writing

Just as with the many other unpublished Simon and Kirby pages I've seen, this page shows Jack writing the story. See his distinctive hand lettering in the caption box.

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Posted by: John S. | November 26, 2011

It also provides a nice look

It also provides a nice look at Jack's drawing technique from this period of his career.

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Posted by: patrick ford | November 26, 2011

Almost a tight layout

Portions of the drawing aren't complete. Particularly the woman's legs, and hands. Maybe Jack would have done so outline inking on this or inked the whole himself.
Interesting to compare to the Thor page Tom just posted, which is so complete there really isn't anything for an inker to do, but mess it up.

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Posted by: John S. | November 26, 2011

Yeah, I suspect it's more of

Yeah, I suspect it's more of a tight layout than actual finished pencils. But whatever the case may be, it gives a pretty good idea of the construction technique Jack was using at the time. Also, from other examples I've seen of Kirby's pages from this same period, he wasn't really spotting many blacks in his pencils. He was leaving almost all of that to the inking stage -- maybe because he and Joe were editing all the pages, so they always had the final word on how the blacks were put in, even when they weren't inking it themselves. When he was working at Marvel, not only had his style evolved, but he also had no editorial control, so he had no choice but to do all the black-spotting in the pencil stage. Even then, the inkers still managed to mess it up sometimes!

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Posted by: patrick ford | November 26, 2011

Spotting Blacks

Right, in the 50's and earlier blacks were always added in the inking stage, and while I think pages Kirby inked entirely by himself become really common starting in the early 50's, I also think Kirby touched up pages inked by other S&K inkers very. very often. Jack Katz, and others have talked about that part of the process.

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Posted by: John S. | November 26, 2011

Agreed

I think Kirby's inking starts to become quite common in the late forties, and for sure by the early fifties it was the most prevalent inking in the S&K stories.

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