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THE UNTOLD STORY

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    Jack Kirby At Home
In FANTASTIC FOUR #10, Doctor Doom visited “the studio of Kirby and Lee, on Madison Avenue,” crashing a plotting session and knocking the two out with sleeping gas. In reality, Kirby only came into the offices about once a week. He worked from a varnished-pine room in the basement of his Long Island home, with a bookshelf of Shakespeare and science fiction for inspiration and a ten-inch black-and-white television for company—and the door shut, to keep the cigar smoke from billowing out to the rest of the house. His name certainly wasn’t on any Madison Avenue door. “That was a lot of stuff that Stan Lee put into magazines, but the artists were all over the island,” Iron Man artist Don Heck told an interviewer. “I could go into the office two times this week, and somebody else could go in two other times…you just don’t cross paths.”
Text from MARVEL COMICS: THE UNTOLD STORY

    Jack Kirby At Home

    In FANTASTIC FOUR #10, Doctor Doom visited “the studio of Kirby and Lee, on Madison Avenue,” crashing a plotting session and knocking the two out with sleeping gas. In reality, Kirby only came into the offices about once a week. He worked from a varnished-pine room in the basement of his Long Island home, with a bookshelf of Shakespeare and science fiction for inspiration and a ten-inch black-and-white television for company—and the door shut, to keep the cigar smoke from billowing out to the rest of the house. His name certainly wasn’t on any Madison Avenue door. “That was a lot of stuff that Stan Lee put into magazines, but the artists were all over the island,” Iron Man artist Don Heck told an interviewer. “I could go into the office two times this week, and somebody else could go in two other times…you just don’t cross paths.”


    Text from MARVEL COMICS: THE UNTOLD STORY

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    — 3 days ago with 316 notes
    #jack kirby  #excerpts 
    jthenr-comics-vault:

MARVEL Program for the 1966 New York Comic-Con Art by Jack Kirby

    jthenr-comics-vault:

    MARVEL Program for the 1966 New York Comic-Con 
    Art by Jack Kirby

    (Source: thecomicsvault, via guttersnipercomics)

    — 3 days ago with 386 notes
    #Jack Kirby 

    "Do you dare enter…THE HOUSE OF IDEAS?"

    Image: Frank Miller digs up the bones of Elektra, 1997.

    Text: From Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, page 351. The Miller quote comes from an interview Thom Carnell conducted in 1994, which was published in Carpe Noctem #2.


    — 3 days ago with 52 notes
    #frank miller  #elektra  #sin city  #jack kirby  #daredevil 
    "Kirby was gonna write a book called Excelsior, My Ass!" —Frank Miller, 2002, as quoted in Eisner/Miller, page 227.

    "Kirby was gonna write a book called Excelsior, My Ass!" —Frank Miller, 2002, as quoted in Eisner/Miller, page 227.

    — 1 week ago with 71 notes
    #jack kirby  #frank miller  #golden apple comics 
    "Drew Friedman’s Heroes of the Comics aren’t muscly miracle men but rather the guys who created them—stooped over drawing boards, filling out their cardigans, and reflecting on the march of decades. Friedman curates and humanizes, and he laughs and almost cries. Let him show you around.”Download a free 21-page sample of Drew Friedman’s Heroes of the Comics here.

    "Drew Friedman’s Heroes of the Comics aren’t muscly miracle men but rather the guys who created them—stooped over drawing boards, filling out their cardigans, and reflecting on the march of decades. Friedman curates and humanizes, and he laughs and almost cries. Let him show you around.”

    Download a free 21-page sample of Drew Friedman’s Heroes of the Comics here.

    — 1 week ago with 27 notes
    #drew friedman  #jack kirby 
    Creator credits for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY characters:
Rocket Racoon created by BILL MANTLO and KEITH GIFFENDrax the Destroyer, Gamora and Thanos created by JIM STARLIN
With Special Thanks toARNOLD DRAKE • GENE COLAN • PAUL PELLETIER • TIMOTHY GREEN II • ROGER STERN • JOHN BUSCEMA • SAL BUSCEMA • STAN LEE • DON HECK • JACK KIRBY • MIKE FRIEDRICH • STEVE ENGLEHART • STEVE GAN • MARKO DJURDJEVIC • MARV WOLFMAN

    Creator credits for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY characters:

    Rocket Racoon created by BILL MANTLO and KEITH GIFFEN
    Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Thanos created by JIM STARLIN

    With Special Thanks to
    ARNOLD DRAKE • GENE COLAN • PAUL PELLETIER • TIMOTHY GREEN II • ROGER STERN • JOHN BUSCEMA • SAL BUSCEMA • STAN LEE • DON HECK • JACK KIRBY • MIKE FRIEDRICH • STEVE ENGLEHART • STEVE GAN • MARKO DJURDJEVIC • MARV WOLFMAN

    — 2 weeks ago with 721 notes
    #Arnold Drake  #Gene Colan  #paul pelletier  #timothy green ii  #roger stern  #john buscema  #sal buscema  #stan lee  #don heck  #jack kirby  #mike friedrich  #steve englehart  #steve gan  #marko djurdjevic  #marv wolfman  #bill mantlo  #keith giffen  #jim starlin  #Guardians of the Galaxy  #Rocket Raccoon  #drax the destroyer  #gamora  #thanos 
    "Brooklyn’s Comic Artists" at the Brooklyn Museum, 1974:
A Community Gallery Exhibition of the work of 13 Brooklyn professionals, Brooklyn’s Comic Book Artists includes original drawings and layouts by the creators of such popular comic books as “Batman” (Carmine Infantino), “Green Lantern” and “Spiderman” (Gil Kane), “Captain America” and “Fantastic Four” (Jack Kirby), “Little Anny Fanny” (Harvey Kurtzman), “Richie Rich” (Dom Sileo), and “Flash Gordon” (Al Williamson). Other comic books represented are “Deadman” (Neal Adams), “The Spirit” (Will Eisner), “Tommy Tomorrow” (Lee Elias) , “Archie” (Victor Gorelick) “Tarzan” (Joe Kubert), “El Diablo” (Gray Morrow) and “Creepy Comics” (Angelo Torres). A photographic essay explains the process of comic book production from conception to newsstand delivery. Organized by Phil Seuling, a Brooklyn high school teacher and founder of the annual New York City Comic Art Convention, the exhibition was installed by Richard Waller, Coordinator of the Community Gallery, with the aid of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

    "Brooklyn’s Comic Artists" at the Brooklyn Museum, 1974:

    A Community Gallery Exhibition of the work of 13 Brooklyn professionals, Brooklyn’s Comic Book Artists includes original drawings and layouts by the creators of such popular comic books as “Batman” (Carmine Infantino), “Green Lantern” and “Spiderman” (Gil Kane), “Captain America” and “Fantastic Four” (Jack Kirby), “Little Anny Fanny” (Harvey Kurtzman), “Richie Rich” (Dom Sileo), and “Flash Gordon” (Al Williamson). Other comic books represented are “Deadman” (Neal Adams), “The Spirit” (Will Eisner), “Tommy Tomorrow” (Lee Elias) , “Archie” (Victor Gorelick) “Tarzan” (Joe Kubert), “El Diablo” (Gray Morrow) and “Creepy Comics” (Angelo Torres). A photographic essay explains the process of comic book production from conception to newsstand delivery. Organized by Phil Seuling, a Brooklyn high school teacher and founder of the annual New York City Comic Art Convention, the exhibition was installed by Richard Waller, Coordinator of the Community Gallery, with the aid of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

    — 1 month ago with 12 notes
    #brooklyn museum  #carmine infantino  #gil kane  #steve ditko  #jack kirby  #harvey kurtzman  #dom sileo  #al williamson  #will eisner  #lee elias  #victor gorelick  #joe kubert  #gray morrow  #angelo torres  #phil seuling 
    highway62:

Intrapanel updated with the shakes.
intrapanel:

Wherein Wally Wood delineates the DTs quite effectively.
THE SANDMAN #6 (v.1)
1975, DC Comics
Michael Fleischer script, Jack Kirby pencils, Wally Wood inks




Surely the panel owes a debt to this scene from Melville’s LE CERCLE ROUGE?

    highway62:

    Intrapanel updated with the shakes.

    intrapanel:

    Wherein Wally Wood delineates the DTs quite effectively.

    THE SANDMAN #6 (v.1)

    1975, DC Comics

    Michael Fleischer script, Jack Kirby pencils, Wally Wood inks

    Surely the panel owes a debt to this scene from Melville’s LE CERCLE ROUGE?

    — 2 months ago with 19 notes
    #jean-pierre melville  #jack kirby  #michael fleisher  #Wally Wood 
    Ant-Man will give it to you.From Fantastic Four #16, April 1963. Art by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers. Words by Stan Lee.

    Ant-Man will give it to you.

    From Fantastic Four #16, April 1963. Art by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers. Words by Stan Lee.

    — 2 months ago with 72 notes
    #ant-man  #fantastic four  #jack kirby  #dick ayers  #stan lee 
    INSIDE THE BAXTER BUILDING by Jack Kirby, 1963Click here to enlarge and print out.
Then color and put on your wall. And smile.

    INSIDE THE BAXTER BUILDING by Jack Kirby, 1963

    Click here to enlarge and print out.

    Then color and put on your wall.

    And smile.

    — 3 months ago with 371 notes
    #fantastic four  #stan lee  #jack kirby  #baxter building  #maps  #pogo orbit plane 
    Finally saw Captain America and... →

    timetokvetch:

    Everyone was right. It was a really decent movie. My brother goes to Bates College, so he asked me to wait to see it until he came down to Boston. We went to a matinee screening, so the theater was pretty empty and we could scream “Go, Joe!” as much as we wanted. We didn’t actually, but of course…

    Joe Simon’s granddaughter weighs in on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Spoiler: she liked the movie, did not like the buried Simon & Kirby credit.)

    — 4 months ago with 48 notes
    #joe simon  #jack kirby  #captain america 
    Late-1965 ad for Fantasy Masterpieces #3. "See the early work of Kirby, Ditko, Heck, Ayers and Sinnott! Prefaces by Stan Lee!"

    Late-1965 ad for Fantasy Masterpieces #3.

    "See the early work of Kirby, Ditko, Heck, Ayers and Sinnott! Prefaces by Stan Lee!"

    — 4 months ago with 42 notes
    #fantasy masterpieces  #jack kirby  #steve ditko  #don heck  #dick ayers  #joe sinnott  #stan lee  #house ad 
    S.H.I.E.L.D. Vs. The Horrors Of The Modern World
(Panels from STRANGE TALES #151, December 1966. Layouts by Jack Kirby. Illustrations by Jim Steranko. Words by Stan Lee. Lettering by Artie Simek.) Suddenly almost everything in the Marvel Universe was reaching some kind of critical juncture, a point of no return. Nick Fury’s modern-day S.H.I.E.L.D. adventures in Strange Tales merged with Captain America’s missions in Tales of Suspense as the heroes teamed against high-tech organizations like A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) and HYDRA for a kind of sci-fi paramilitary feedback loop. Here, too, science bounded forward at a dizzying, almost alarming rate—even the flurry of good-guy gadgets like Life Model Decoys carried disconcerting post-atomic associations of that which humanity is not ready to harness. A.I.M.—which consisted of shady industrialists outfitted like futuristic beekeepers—created the Super-Adaptoid and brandished a talisman known as the Cosmic Cube (“The ultimate weapon! The ultimate source of power! The only such artifact known to man—which can convert thought waves—into material action!”), which fell into the hands of the Red Skull, who’d just reemerged from the rubble of the Führerbunker after two decades. All you could pray for was to have the Orion Missile, or the Matter Transmitter, on your side.
Text from Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

    S.H.I.E.L.D. Vs. The Horrors Of The Modern World

    (Panels from STRANGE TALES #151, December 1966. Layouts by Jack Kirby. Illustrations by Jim Steranko. Words by Stan Lee. Lettering by Artie Simek.)

    Suddenly almost everything in the Marvel Universe was reaching some kind of critical juncture, a point of no return. Nick Fury’s modern-day S.H.I.E.L.D. adventures in Strange Tales merged with Captain America’s missions in Tales of Suspense as the heroes teamed against high-tech organizations like A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) and HYDRA for a kind of sci-fi paramilitary feedback loop.

    Here, too, science bounded forward at a dizzying, almost alarming rate—even the flurry of good-guy gadgets like Life Model Decoys carried disconcerting post-atomic associations of that which humanity is not ready to harness. A.I.M.—which consisted of shady industrialists outfitted like futuristic beekeepers—created the Super-Adaptoid and brandished a talisman known as the Cosmic Cube (“The ultimate weapon! The ultimate source of power! The only such artifact known to man—which can convert thought waves—into material action!”), which fell into the hands of the Red Skull, who’d just reemerged from the rubble of the Führerbunker after two decades.

    All you could pray for was to have the Orion Missile, or the Matter Transmitter, on your side.

    Text from Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

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    — 4 months ago with 70 notes
    #S.H.I.E.L.D.  #hydra  #nick fury  #captain america  #winter soldier  #cosmic cube  #jim steranko  #stan lee  #jack kirby  #artie simek 

    Over the weekend, author Saladin Ahmed posted images from the a story in The Eagle #2 (Fox Publications, 1941). I guess others have noted Spider-Queen and her web-shooting bracelets before, but I’d never even heard of the character.

    The Spider-Queen stories are credited to one Elsa Lisau. There seems to be an online consensus (no idea where it came from) that it’s a pseudonym for Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve.

    Bear with me for a moment while I backtrack to tell you about Cazeneuve.

    In 1940, Fox Publications editor Joe Simon gathered some of his colleagues to moonlight on a project with Martin Goodman’s Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel Comics). Red Raven #1 included an adventure starring the title character—a collaboration between Simon and Louis Cazeneuve—and two stories by Jack Kirby, in his Timely debut.

    Red Raven bombed—replaced on the schedule, I believe, by The Human Torch—and months later, Cazeneuve was still working for Fox, where Spider-Woman was published.

    But within a few months Simon and Kirby soon delivered a new hero and began working exclusively for Timely/Marvel.

    The hero, of course, was Captain America.









    — 4 months ago with 203 notes
    #golden age  #fox features syndicate  #spider-queen  #spider-man  #steve ditko  #jack kirby  #joe simon  #stan lee  #louis cazeneuve  #elsa lineau  #captain america  #silver spider  #harvey  #timely