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THE UNTOLD STORY

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    Jack Kirby at the San Diego Comic-Con, 1980, drawing The Thing. (Photograph by Jackie Estrada)
In 1980, the summer of Dark Phoenix and Elektra, a 19-year-old foulmouthed Canadian—on a baseball college scholarship, and soon to be recruited by a Seattle Mariners scout—attended the San Diego Comic-Con. He stood mesmerized as he watched Jack Kirby graciously speaking to the fans who swarmed around him. If he didn’t make the majors, he told himself, he’d be a comic book artist. Sure enough, when an ankle injury dashed his big-league hopes, Todd McFarlane began spending more and more time practicing at his drawing table, and reading with interest about Kirby’s and Gerber’s struggles, and the soapbox speeches of Neal Adams and Frank Miller, in the pages of the Comics Journal.
The above text is adapted from Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.[Note: Jackie Estrada is raising funds to publish a book featuring hundreds of the photographs of comics giants she’s taken over the years. Check it out!]

    Jack Kirby at the San Diego Comic-Con, 1980, drawing The Thing. (Photograph by Jackie Estrada)

    In 1980, the summer of Dark Phoenix and Elektra, a 19-year-old foulmouthed Canadian—on a baseball college scholarship, and soon to be recruited by a Seattle Mariners scout—attended the San Diego Comic-Con. He stood mesmerized as he watched Jack Kirby graciously speaking to the fans who swarmed around him. If he didn’t make the majors, he told himself, he’d be a comic book artist. Sure enough, when an ankle injury dashed his big-league hopes, Todd McFarlane began spending more and more time practicing at his drawing table, and reading with interest about Kirby’s and Gerber’s struggles, and the soapbox speeches of Neal Adams and Frank Miller, in the pages of the Comics Journal.


    The above text is adapted from Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.

    [Note: Jackie Estrada is raising funds to publish a book featuring hundreds of the photographs of comics giants she’s taken over the years. Check it out!]

    — 2 months ago with 237 notes
    #jack kirby  #todd mcfarlane  #comic-con  #san diego  #thing  #jackie estrada  #photos 

    February, 1983: In a California bookstore, nine-year-old Gene Luen Yang asks his mother to buy him a copy of Marvel Two-in-One #99. His mother refuses, concerned that the Thing and ROM will give him nightmares. Instead, they leave the store with DC Comics Presents #57, in which Superman and a band of armored warriors traverse a devastating post-apocalyptic United States.

    Gene Yang is terrified by this comic. But he loves it, too. He decides to become a comic-book artist.

    October, 2013: Gene Yang, cartoonist, is nominated for his second National Book Award.

    I haven’t yet read Boxers and Saints, but American Born Chinese is wonderful.

    Listen to Yang describe his early encounters with comic books here, at the fourteen-minute mark.

    — 6 months ago with 85 notes
    #thing  #ROM  #john byrne  #ed hannigan  #gene luen yang  #marvel two-in-one  #dc comics presents  #superman  #atomic knights  #alex saviuk 
    Season’s Greetings from Smilin’ Stan and the Merry Marvel Bullpen! Also, the Thing!

    Season’s Greetings from Smilin’ Stan and the Merry Marvel Bullpen! Also, the Thing!

    — 1 year ago with 419 notes
    #xmas  #Thing 
    Poster for 1970 Comic Art Convention, by Gray Morrow.

    Poster for 1970 Comic Art Convention, by Gray Morrow.

    — 1 year ago with 102 notes
    #Gray Morrow  #Medusa  #Thing 
    The Thing meets John Romita…in 1942. Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1, 1976. Art by Sal Buscema. Words by Roy Thomas.

    The Thing meets John Romita…in 1942. Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1, 1976. Art by Sal Buscema. Words by Roy Thomas.

    — 1 year ago with 49 notes
    #Thing  #John Romita  #Sal Buscema  #Roy Thomas  #marvel two-in-one 

    For reasons unknown, these images are seen very briefly in the trailer of the Beatlemania film.

    What is the creature? Who’s holding the gun?

    — 1 year ago with 102 notes
    #Iron Fist  #Ms. Marvel  #Captain America  #Deathbird  #Thing  #Beatlemania 
    Fake subscription ad for Marvel Comics, circa 1968. Art by Marie Severin.

    Fake subscription ad for Marvel Comics, circa 1968. Art by Marie Severin.

    — 1 year ago with 21 notes
    #captain marvel  #comics  #cyclops  #forbush  #hulk  #marie severin  #not brand echh  #spider-man  #sub-mariner  #thing  #thor  #house ad 
    Jim Steranko’s cover to the Marvel Comics Index to the Fantastic Four.

    Jim Steranko’s cover to the Marvel Comics Index to the Fantastic Four.

    — 1 year ago with 554 notes
    #fantastic four  #silver surfer  #mister fantastic  #invisible girl  #human torch  #thing  #Jim Steranko