Monthly Archives: November 2010

Manhunter Action


Some dynamic artwork from First Issue Special# 5 (Aug 1975), featuring an updated version of Manhunter. Tomorrow I’ll show you an example of Kirby working on a previous incarnation. Inks here are by Berry.

Kirby Splash

Another piece that doesn’t look like Sinnott, Royer, or any of Jack’s other inkers to my eye, so I wonder if Jack inked this? Then again, is this Chic Stone or Mike Royer maybe? I guess I have to lean towards Royer, but I don’t recall him using that parallel-line inking style on Jack’s work until recent commission pieces. Strange to see Jack’s Trickster character thrown into the mix — not nearly as iconic as the other characters.

Atlas Splash

Splash pages (1 – 3) from First Issue Special # 1 Apr (1975), featuring Jack’s take on another mythological character: Atlas. Inks by D. Bruce Berry. Fantastic example of how Jack could take virtually any idea and in one issue give you a compelling origin.

Unused Surfer Art

Double-spread that wasn’t used for the Silver Surfer graphic novel. One of the more darker and violent images by Jack. I guess Mike Royer inked this, but I’m not sure. I assume Lee rejected the art (probably too violent), and it was returned to Jack, but I don’t know why someone inked the piece. It was published in the Jack Kirby Masterworks portfolio (1979). Maybe Jack had the art inked specifically for that project?  This is a very high-quality scan, so if you left-click on the images you can zoom in and take a closer look at the details.


1975 7-11 Slurpee Cups Part 2

Here is part 2 of the 1975 7-11 Slurpee cups. This comes from the Hake’s Americana & Collectibles website. They have scans of a complete set of sixty 5.25” tall plastic tumblers issued by 7-Eleven convenience stores in 1975. The first 2 Thing cups, Black Bolt, and the Watcher are by Kirby/Sinnott.

1975 Marvel Slurpee Cups Part 1

Doing a little net surfing, I found some better scans of several of the 7-11 Slurpee cups. This comes from the Hake’s Americana & Collectibles website. They have scans of a complete set of sixty 5.25” tall plastic tumblers issued by 7-Eleven convenience stores in 1975.

Four sets of these plastic cups were produced — 3 for Marvel Comics characters and 1 set for DC Comics characters. This is the first of the 3 Marvel sets issued. Marvel’s more popular characters  — Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and The Thing — each received 3 cups.

Other characters included: Thor, Captain America, Sub-Mariner, Iron Man, Conan, Ghost Rider, Nick Fury, Dr. Doom, Human Torch, Power Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Dracula, Cyclops, Beast, Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Doc Savage, Angel, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, The Falcon, Quicksilver, Doctor Strange, Valkyrie, Night Rider, Black Bolt, Night Hawk, Triton, Man-Thing, King Kull, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Clea, Medusa, Hercules, Crystal, Red Sonja, Iron Fist, Warlock, Ka-Zar, Yellowjacket, Black Widow, The Watcher, Killraven, Captain Marvel, Shang-Chi, Black Knight, Odin, and Thundra.

There’s even a cup of Super-Stan — editor Stan Lee.

I know very few cups in the series were illustrated by Kirby, but I figure this might be a fun stroll down memory lane for those of you who remember buying these 7-11 Slurpee cups during the mid-1970s, and Jack certainly was the creator of many of these characters, so here are 1/2 of the 1975 Marvel Slurpee cups. I’ll post the rest tomorrow.

I bet it would be fun to go through all of these cups and try and guess the artist/inker of each.

7-11 Slurpees

Anybody else remember the 7-11 Marvel Slurpee cups? Below are a few examples. I’m almost positive I used to have this Falcon cup.

Nick Fury by Steranko.

Here is a pile of several examples.

A little hard to see these, looks like the two Thing cups are by Jack, and Black Bolt.

Here is a checklist. Notice even Smilin’ Stan Lee had a cup.

Gods Trilogy Close-ups

Some close-ups of the “Gods Trilogy” pin-up. You can see the ferocity in the facial expressions of Orion and Kalibak, while Highfather tries to play the role of peacekeeper.

Notice Jack uses an eraser on the arms to give you streaks of white-space that breaks up the horizontal linework.