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I absolutely loved this book, and agree with all of your comments; though you note Fighting Yank, I think the Black Terror work is even more stunning. I do have a question for you, though. One of the interesting bits in the book is the tale of Meskin (somewhat more aggressive than was apparently his usual wont), approaching Jack Kirby and saying that he was a better artist than Jack. Jack reportedly agrees, and Meskin is stunned that Kirby really appears to mean it. He asks Jack why Jack’s books sell better, and Kirby says that while Meskin focuses more on drawing, he focuses on storytelling and is the superior story teller. This tale is footnoted to “composite of interviews with the author (presumably Brower) with Dylan Williams.” This leaves me a bit mystified. Who heard this exchange? Do you know if Joe Simon recalls this conversation?
While the footnotes attribute this incident to Dylan Williams, I believe the original source was Jack Kirby as told to Greg Theakston. Frankly although I think it was correct for Brower to include it in the book, I do not have much faith that the conversation actually happened, or at least as presented. Like you said it seems out of place that Meskin to be so aggressive. Nor do I believe it is correct that at that time Mort emphasised drawing over story telling, quite the opposite. And Meskin’s Vigilante was so popular they made a serial after it. To me this story tells more about Jack Kirby than it does Mort Meskin.