Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Power of Ka-zar

One of the last things Jack did for Marvel before he left to work at DC Comics. Kirby’s version of Tarzan — Ka-zar from Astonishing Tales #1 (1970).
A rare example of Sam Grainger inks on Kirby. Looks like Fabio during the 80s.

Unpublished Prisoner

Three pages from Jack’s unpublished Prisoner adaption. Notice the last one is still in pencil form. Maybe the magazine was cancelled right in the middle of the inking process.

Devil Dinosaur Part II

The published version of the Devil Dinosaur splash posted yesterday, followed by another spectacular example from the series. Mike Royer inks on both pages.

Disneyland Convention 1971

Here’s an obscure comic book convention poster featuring Jack’s Mister Miracle. Ironic seeing the Disney name on a DC Comics Kirby piece from the 1970s considering Disney just paid billions of dollars for Jack’s Marvel creations. Can Disney buying all the DC comics characters be far behind?

Big Barda Pencils and Inks

Another brilliant pencil piece, this time of Jack’s Fourth World character Big Barda, penciled sometime in the 1970s. In early 2000 Mike Royer recreated the pencils and added inks resulting in the image below it.

Close Encounter of the Kirby Kind

A remarkable image I recall popping up on eBay several years ago. I know nothing about it, can’t imagine what it was for. Wonderfully detailed pencil piece. I don’t think I’ve seen it published anywhere, so wonder what became of it. I hope it isn’t locked forever in some collector’s vault, I’d love to see an HQ scan of the artwork one day

Unpublished Avengers Page

A real treasure. An unpublished Avengers page in pencil form. I can’t image why Stan Lee rejected this one. It looks very solid to me. Notice how Jack would leave blank space at the top of the page, giving Lee room to add text. I zoomed into some of the frames so you can see details of Kirby’s pencilwork.