Front

Surf Hunter, Daily Strip, 5.4.58

Back

Back
Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | January 29, 2011

Need more information

I dug as much info as I could find in the Kirby Collector but found little information on this late 50's strip. If anyone has info on Surf Hunters, I need to add who the publisher was and to confirm that this was unpublished. Please contact me. Thanks.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | January 30, 2011

No publisher

Surf Hunter was a syndicate strip proposal that didn't sell.
The promise was it to be an adventure strip that would explore the sea not unlike «Sky Masters» was doing it for outer space.

Only a handful of strips were produced and the last ones were not inked.
It means, you have to CHASE after these rare Kirby pencils, Tom!

Too bad it didn't find a place to be published, it's another great Kirby/Wood pairing!

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | January 30, 2011

Updated

Thanks Kracles, I updated the publisher to "none." Ferran also gave me information that indicated the strip was created in 1959 not 1958 so the year was updated too.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | January 30, 2011

Mr Hunter

I forgot to add that Surf Hunter should be written without plural since Hunter is the last name of the main character.

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | January 30, 2011

Updated

Thanks for the title catch. I updated it without the "s."

JanStolz's picture
Posted by: JanStolz (not verified) | April 2, 2012

I'm in the middle of writting

I'm in the middle of writting a book "The Men Who Made the Comics" and was wondering if I could use a couple of these scans - fully accredited to your site, of course.
(Mr.) Jan Stolz

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | April 2, 2012

Scan usage

Jan please contact me directly through the contact form on this site to discuss. The Kirby Museum and I support scholarly efforts while maintaining the intentions of the original owners of the pieces. Tom

Ferran Delgado's picture
Posted by: Ferran Delgado | November 2, 2017

Date I

While Kirby added a © 1959 note in the sunday and three dailies, a couple of scans of the back of the dailies shows that it was done in 1958. My guess is that when he sold/gifted/borrowed the strip to someone else, he signed it inside the art of the sunday and he added the © 1959 notes in the sunday and dailies strips, because he thought that it was when it was produced. Since the © is only added to the strips included in the Masterwork special, a speculation is that he added the © note when he borrowed the samples to be reproduced there.

Ferran Delgado's picture
Posted by: Ferran Delgado | November 2, 2017

Date II

The note at the top margin means that it's the first daily of the second week since the penciled strips look to be the first four dailies of the third week.

I wonder if the note "5-4" means that it was done by May 4th, 1958. This would be a great revelation because nobody knows at which point they were produced. The only reference is a panel sketched of Challs #4 at the back of an inked panel of a daily of Surf Hunter, which means that Surf Hunter was produced BEFORE Challs #4, the first issue inked by Wood. This means that MAYBE Surf Hunter was the first Kirby-Wood collaboration, but it's hard to say since there's no evidence.

I wonder what does it mean that the third week is not inked. Maybe Sky Masters got green lighted so they stopped this pitch?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.