Monthly Archives: August 2012

Captain America # 211, 2-page Spread

Classic Kirby 2-page spread from Captain America # 211 (July 1977).

I’m pretty sure I bought this book off the spinner rack at the local 7-11 when I was 10-years-old. I remember thinking this art was absolutely bizarre. I didn’t really like it, but I was compelled by it — I’d crack open one of Kirby’s books like this one every once in awhile and kind of scratch my head. It was weird stuff, but fascinating. Now I love this material — Jack’s work was totally unique on the newsstands during the 1970s.

Jack Kirby – Tribute to a True Hero of Hollywood

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Here’s an  email I received yesterday (below). Click on the image (above) to see the YouTube clip. I think the filmmakers did a nice job on this short video. I’m glad to finally see a piece where Jack’s important influence on the last decade of Hollywood blockbusters is being acknowledged. Don’t think we’ll be seeing Marvel putting anything like this out there anytime soon.

From: Edwin Duterte <Edwin@TheViralPublicity.com>
To: robsteibel@yahoo.com
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 11:45 AM
Subject: Our tribute to Jack Kirby

We appreciate the works of Jack Kirby.  In honor of him, we are going to publicly honor his today at the steps in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater today.  Here is our press release. Thanks

Hundreds Demand RNC to Support National Jack Kirby Day

Los Angeles, CA, August 27, 2012:  On Tuesday August 28, 2012, hundreds of comic book stores as well as thousands of comic book creators, artists and fans from across the nation will support “The Hero Initiative”, which helps comic book creators in times of financial or medical distress.  Local indie web TV creators will raise Hollywood  awareness in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater from 10:45 am to 11:15 am Tuesday August 28th by assembling dozens of filmmakers, TV producers and actors to honor comic book trailblazer Jack Kirby, who co-created many of the most iconic superhero characters including Captain America, Thor, Fantastic Four, The Hulk, and Avengers.   These supporters, many dressed in characters Jack Kirby created, will organize a “Tribute Award” to honor Mr. Kirby’s influence to the comic book culture.  The tribute will also demand the US Congress name August 28th, Jack Kirby’s birthday, as National Jack Kirby Day.

Web TV creators Steven Wasserman and Victor Solis have created a tribute video to honor Jack Kirby’s life achievements (http://youtu.be/Lo5pLTy4JZs) in a “comic book” style.  Wasserman and Solis support the efforts of “The Hero Initiative”, which have granted over $500,000 to over 50 comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the comic book industry today.  The Hero Initiative with the help of Jillian Kirby, Jack’s granddaughter, also plans to celebrate Jack Kirby’s birthday with the “Kirby4Heroes” campaign.  This campaign have recruited 100 artists and a significant number of comic stores to donate a percentage of their sales on August 28th to the Hero Initiative organization.

“Like many of us independent filmmakers, comic book writers and artists have no big pension plans, no behemoth unions for support, no recourse when hard economic times hit home,” said Solis.  “These creators toil tirelessly at their craft to deliver beautiful stories to audiences.  The least we can do as loving fans is to give something back to these visionaries.”

Producing partners Wasserman and Solis are also raising awareness of the campaign spearheaded by Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian Kirby, Kirby4Heroes.  The 16 year old’s ambitious project is spreading the mission of Hero Initiative.  Many fans are shocked when they learn that Kirby estate has not received a single cent from the successes of the epic films recently produced by Marvel Studios.  She recently created a message on Youtube to encourage others to help comic creators in need (http://youtu.be/NPFnQyNp9b0).

For more information about Tuesday August 28th tribute event in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, please contact Edwin Duterte at 310-571-5483 or Edwin@theviralpublicity.com 

About Steven Wasserman and Victor Solis:

Wasserman and Solis are co-creators of “Generic Girl”, a 10 episode comedy series currently on JTS.tv/genericgirl.  Inspired by silver age comics and their television adaptions in the 1960’s, Generic Girl was conceived as a loving send-up of comic book and television storytelling conventions.  

For more information about the Generic Girl series, go to http://gogenericgirl.com/2012/08/jack-kirby-tribute-video/.

Captain Victory # 9 Cover Art – Facebook Comment

Here’s a Facebook comment:

Rob: WTF? Haven’t we been through this before? It is obviously a pasted in stat on the main figure. I have heard for years that Roz inked this cover—- Mark E acknowledges that she inked at least the main figure, although he just diminished her efforts as “tracing”, despite that “tracing” was what Jack expected of his inkers in later years. So why are you now claiming it as Mike T’s work?….you posted it here a few days ago with the right info!!
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Hi James, thanks for the comment. I’m honored you check out Kirby Dynamics. I love your work and have tremendous respect for your comics scholarship.
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Here’s my answer: a lot of these posts were written and queued up months ago, some even last year, and they get bounced back to a later date at the WordPress site when I insert a new post, so I may post something that’s actually a year old and I’ve learned something new, which means my text may be outdated or wrong — this is an example of that. As far as what happened with this piece, I’m still not sure. It appears maybe Roz inked an earlier version (or Jack inked it, or both Jack and Roz inked it), someone photocopied that art, someone carefully cut out the CV figure then pasted it on the artboard. Maybe Jack penciled the new background behind the stat, and Mike Thibodeaux inked it? Beats me. I’ve never spoken or corresponded with Mike Thibodeaux before, maybe one day he will chime in on stuff like this. In the meantime, it looks like a patchwork piece and I’m personally not sure what the chrononology is and/or the accuarate credits are. Maybe it’s a Kirby/Kirby figure (stat of Jack and Roz’s original work) and a Kirby/Thibadeaux background (on the original art)?
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When I wrote that post months ago, I had zero idea what was going on, and my thanks to James for pointing out that we discussed this before and I should have added that dialogue to the piece.
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Thanks again to James for the comment.
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Newsboy Legion Art

Here’s another email from one of my favorite Kirby historians, Stan Taylor. I don’t know a lot about the Simon/Kirby era because I have very few of the Simon/Kirby books so it’s always great to hear from an expert on that era.

Hi Rob,

One of my favorite Golden Age Kirby pictures. The layout by Simon is just great but the variable Ferguson lettering really dominates. The best part is that Howard Ferguson steals a credit (note the author of the book on Gookin’s desk). Newsboy Legion was IMO the best work Kirby did in the early 40′s. Scrapper–the short, turtle necked battler was as close as Kirby did to autobiographical placement.

Stan

TMNT – From Kandow Eric

Some links to some TMNT art from Kandow Eric.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/terrible2z/3797195881/in/set-72157608807868480

http://www.flickr.com/photos/terrible2z/2402139633/in/set-72157608807868480 (Color Version)

I think I found another Kirby image, featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I read in the big TMNT Hardcover, there was commentary about their Donetello Micro-Series, and how they had asked Jack for approval to use a version of him in the comic. I don’t know if they where good friends with the family – (they lived on the East Coast) but they said they did meet him at conventions.

This image can be confirmed, as well! It’s suppose to be an image from Turtle Soup #4. Part of a story with Michelangelo and the Last of the Viking Heroes.

At first you think it might be a fake — but given the published nature of it. I think that initially comes off because I think Kirby is specificly trying to Turtle’s style – you can see the shading in the body is Kirby’s style. Says it was a favor to Mike Thibodeaux. (I’m guessing this might have been posted on Peter Laird’s TMNT Blog – and this page is just repeating it. I wouldn’t be able to say where it is on his blog, though — (he makes a lot of posts!)

– Kandow Eric

Captain America – By James Keefer

Hi Rob,

Just writing to thank you for your wonderful Jack Kirby blog. Your work helps keep me excited about Kirby each and every day. I have been a Kirby fan since 1977 when I bought my first Kirby book. Your blog helps to keep that feeling of discovery alive.

I would like to share a bit of my own fan art with you as well. This is a Kirby homage of the Cap 193 cover by Kirby/Romita.

Please share it on your blog if you get the opportunity.

Thanks again,
James Keefer

www.jameskeefer.net

Great work, James. Thanks for sending that in.

Thing Remix – By Frank Fosco

Here’s an email and some art from Frank Fosco. Great job, Frank and thanks for sending this in.

Hey, Rob,

Thought you may get a kick out of this Thing remix. That’s how Tom Kraft of WiK named it, “remix”, so it stuck for me. An exercise in the vein of a “what if” this were done around 1966, 67 and inked by Joe Sinnott.

-Frank