The festive season is almost upon us and to celebrate Kirby-Vision is proud to present some illustrative gifts from regular contributors Marc Basille (above) and Renato Stevanato. Happy Holidays folks!
The Thing rocks in clay courtesy of John Catania. John writes:
“The Thing has always been my favorite comic book hero and I decided I wanted to try to sculpt him. Here is the finished product. I used hanger wire and some tape to create a pose then some aluminum foil to add bulk and then I used Sculpy clay over that. This is the first sculpt I’ve ever done and I thought it came out pretty well”.
All Hallows Eve is upon us and Marc Basile has an imaginary tale to share…
“It was back in 1959, in Tales Too Suspenseful #31 that “Beware, Gordoom the Living Pumpkin” appeared. Two teen age pranksters build a scarecrow that they hope will frighten the younger kids on their way to Farmer Brown’s annual Halloween party. The only thing is they picked a pumpkin from a field into which a meteorite had fallen, spewing cosmic radiation all over the pumpkins. And as fate would have a well placed lightening bolt strikes their creation, bringing it to life. It’s then up to Timmy and Tommy Horton to stop the monster by… well you read the ending yourself.”
New God Virman Vundabar, courtesy of James Burns.
Two new Kirby recreations from the brush of Doug Hazlewood.
Doug Writes: “Here are two more recent Kirby recreations. The title splash to TALES TO ASTONISH #13 and the cover to the same issue. This was the first appearance of Groot! The splash was by Kirby and Ayers. I wasn’t sure about the cover (as the rendering on Groot is certainly more detailed/textured), but it has been attributed to Kirby and Ditko most recently. Most of the people are so small it is hard to see Ditko in them, but I guess that explains the difference between the cover look of Groot and on the splash. Both were inked over printed bluelines with most of the lettering ‘held’ in black and then the lettering is touched up with India ink. I had to work from a scan of the comic for the cover recreation and upgrade some of the lettering (like the logo) since I could not drain/bleach everything out in Photoshop perfectly”.
A host of Kirby recreations courtesy of French web designer Michel Ravey.
To discover the illustration process behind Michel’s recreations, click on each of the Kirby
Today marks the 97th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth and to celebrate KIRBY-VISION proudly presents our annual portrait gallery in honour of ‘The King of Comics’.
A huge thank you to all the artists who took the time to contribute to today’s Birthday celebration. And of course a huge thank you to Jack Kirby for his continuing inspiration.
Long live The King!
Robert Hack inks Jack Kirby “…for fun”.
Robert’s artwork has graced the covers of IDW’s Doctor Who and The X-Files: Year Zero. He was recently announced as the artist for the forthcoming Archie Comics title, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. You can find more from Robert, including a plethora of pulp and science fiction homages, at his website, Tumblr and DeviantArt page.
Thursday 28th August marks the 97th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby. To celebrate
the occasion, Kirby-Vision would like to invite all of our readers to contribute to our annual
Birthday Portrait Gallery.
As you can see from our previous galleries – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 – there’s a lot
of love out there for ‘The King of Comics’ and everyone who has contributed in the past has excelled themselves with their tributes.
If you would like to contribute to this years’ gallery please send your artwork to the usual
address. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 26th August and please mark your emails ‘Kirby Portrait Gallery’.
Javier Hernandez contributes this portrait of ‘The King’ which he sketched while watching a Kirby interview on YouTube. Los Angeles based Javier is the creator of El Muerto, The Coma and Weapon Tex-Mex which he publishes under his own imprint Los Comex. He teaches comicbook workshops in schools and libraries throughout LA and is the co-founder of the Latino Comics Expo. You can find more of Javier’s work at his blog – here.