As I get back into the regular posting here, I’ll just re-introduce this particular feature that I started a while back. During his long career, Jack Kirby did the covers to well over 400 comics for which he didn’t do any interiors. And that’s not even counting reprints, which add over another 50 to the list. Hard to blame publishers for that, I’m sure Kirby covers sold. Anyway, I’ll eventually try to get all of those Kirby covers up on this weblog.
In the 1960s, Kirby would keep doing the covers to many of the features he created long after handing off the interiors to others. That was definitely the case with Giant-Man and the Wasp in TALES TO ASTONISH, which he had last drawn inside the book in #51. Marvel’s cross-over machine was in full swing by this point, with this month also including the Hulk appearing in SPIDER-MAN, the X-Men appearing in FANTASTIC FOUR, the Sub-Mariner in X-MEN and a villain named Zemo fighting both SGT. FURY and THE AVENGERS twenty years apart.
Really nice Chic Stone inks on this cover, which has a pretty decent rendition of Spider-Man, although the swinging dynamic and the webbing are quite a departure from Ditko’s style. And boy, the Wasp really gets lost on these covers, which already have to be proportioned to emphasize Giant-Man’s size.