Following up to earlier this week's post, "Thor Pencil Photocopies," I've added additional photocopy Thor and Journey Into Mystery pages I've acquired.
Unlike the other pages I've posted, these include larger size, twice-up art. One would think that such pages would be photocopied onto larger size paper, however these pages were provided from Marvel to Jack Kirby on small photostat paper. Unlike photocopies that are made on photocopy machines, photostats are made on large camera machines that takes a picture by exposing a large piece of photographic paper. The paper is then run through chemicals to "develop" the image. Like any camera, it can zoom in or out so the Journey Into Mystery and Thor 147 pages are photostats. They are about 6x9 in size and on photographic paper that is heavier in weight than a photocopy. Photostats' image quality is far better than photocopies with greater detail and grayscale range.
These pages are rare glimpses into the power of Kirby's pencils before inking. The pages from issue 152 with Thor fighting Ulik could just as easily be from the pages of The New Gods issue 8's Orion and Kalibak battle. Just beautiful pencils with incredible power, even after almost 50 years!