Hans Kosenkranius's picture
Posted by: Hans Kosenkranius | January 28, 2012

Toys 4 Toys

This was not Kirby's first attempt. There's another unpublished inked version of a uniformed marine, Cap, and a bunch of children standing together.

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | January 28, 2012

Marvel Mania

I doubt if the 1968 date is correct. One of the kids in the foreground is wearing a Marvelmania T-shirt, and I don't think Marvelmania was established until 1969, right? I may be wrong about that, so perhaps someone out there could confirm it. Also, judging by stylistic evidence, I'd be inclined to date this a bit later -- more like late '69. Anyone else got any ideas on it?

Hans Kosenkranius's picture
Posted by: Hans Kosenkranius | January 28, 2012

Re: Marvel Mania

That's correct, John. Marvel Mania was formed in 1969. The published Toy's poster is from the 1969 campaign. Dr. Doom's huge buttom-style pieces that hold his cape fastened are consistent with the same seen in FF's #84-87 from March-June of 1969. Still, I guess it's possible the prelims. could've been done a bit earlier. But the evidence seems to support your belief.

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | January 28, 2012

Re: Marvel Mania

In the Jack Kirby Collector, 1969 is indicated and seems to be more common so I've updated the date to 1969.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | January 28, 2012

Tot all recall

Still in pencils form because it's an unused drawing by Jack Kirby for a Toys For Tots campaign from 1969. Kirby redrew a revised version that doesn't include Doctor Doom. The final inked piece has been used for a poster and appears from time to time on eBay listings.

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | January 28, 2012

Thanks for the info, guys.

I guess if the published poster was from the 1969 campaign, the art would've been done in the early to middle months of that year.

Mark Evanier's picture
Posted by: Mark Evanier (not verified) | January 29, 2012

I was around when this was

I was around when this was done. Jack did three or four different pencil drawings at the same time for the poster. They selected the one they liked and he did finished art on it. I did some retouching and some of the coloring. It was all done around September of 1969, give or take a month.

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | January 29, 2012

Yaaayy!

Then my original assessment of late '69 was correct! Bow before my genius, Kirby fans (lol)!!

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