Three Degrees of Separation

December 24, 2011
Foxhole: Loomis' end

Some 25 years ago, Jack Kirby's art was finally returned to him from Marvel, well at least a fraction returned. In the late 80s, collectors could purchase art directly from the Roselyn and Jack Kirby and later, in the 90's and after, also through Mike Thibodeaux. New art was periodically being released to the market through the then new, Jack Kirby Collector magazine and comic cons, especially the San Diego Comic Con International well into the 2000s. I remember the first SDCCI I attended in 2000 where complete stories of The Demon, Mister Miracle, several Machine Man and Devil Dinosaur issues were up for purchase on dealer tables. In most cases, they came direct from the Kirbys or Mike. Prices seemed incredibly high but compared to today, they were cheap.

Today the flow of new art directly from the Kirby clan has slowed to a trickle. A good portion of the art you see on dealer's and auction houses websites has made their rounds from dealer to collector to dealer to dealer to collector etc. The value of Jack Kirby art has increased so much that many collectors can't afford to buy new art so they need to use their collections for trade to get anything new.

So when the opportunity to purchase an almost complete Kirby story from 1954 became available I had to jump on it! It turned out that Jack's grandson, Jeremy Kirby was selling it and it was direct from the family, three degrees of separations: Jack Kirby to Roselyn Kirby to Jeremy Kirby to me. No collectors or dealers in-between. What if Kirby is happy to present these pages for the first time for all to enjoy! If you're interested in these pages in WiK Gallery, go here »

Jack Kirby Foxhole Pages

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patrick ford's picture
Posted by: patrick ford | December 26, 2011

Perfect Choice

Tom, Thanks, and you couldn't have made a better choice. What could be better than a story written, penciled, and inked by Jack Kirby, and one of Jack's war stories as well.

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | December 26, 2011

Pencils and inks

Hi Roberto, glad you like this post. In this period of Kirby's work, the pencils we covered with ink to produce the final page, ready for reproduction. Later in Jack's career in the 80s/90s, for Super Powers among others's his pencils were light box inked, saving his original pencils.

Roberto Berna's picture
Posted by: Roberto Berna (not verified) | December 26, 2011


Thanks for the Christmas gift that you have done to us. One question: but the ink has overwritten the original pencils or the original's pencil still exist? (Apologize my English)

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | December 26, 2011

Thank you

I consider myself very fortunate to be the caretaker of these pages. Art like this will last generations. This is the first Simon-Kirby art I own. Its only because of this site and scanning all the great earlier pages of art that I've acquired an appreciation for this era.

truthAndSoulBaby's picture
Posted by: truthAndSoulBaby | December 25, 2011

very cool tom!

congrats on picking them up!
they look beautiful!

Frank Fosco's picture
Posted by: Frank Fosco | December 25, 2011

From 1954...

...these pages will be 58 years old in 2012. Those are some awesome pages you got there, Tom.

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | December 24, 2011

This is a great story, Tom...

...and you're lucky to have these beautiful pages. Little wonder this gem was included in Titan's BEST OF SIMON AND KIRBY!

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