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A couple of comments and questions here, one being why Joe Simon had a piece of artwork (a pasteup but a piece of art) that Jack created in the seventies when the two men were not working together. DC should have returned that to Kirby.
I’m pretty sure Jack did not intend that those particular photos be published. This was a mock-up of something he did to show DC what he had in mind. What he really wanted then was for DC to budget him to hire models and shoot some of the stories for the proposed comic in fumetti (photo-comic) form. We actually did photograph one story for this book that way with actors.
In any case, I would take slight issue with your comment that no publisher would have published a comic about divorce. DC wanted some of the magazines that were under discussion to be not unlike love comics, the idea being to try and snare some of the audience that was then buying romance novels in record numbers. Jack submitted a dozen or more ideas in that arena to DC and Carmine Infantino selected the divorce one. Was he serious about possibly putting it out? He was serious enough to have Kirby, one of his top creators, spend a few weeks writing and drawing material for it. I don’t think DC would have wasted Jack’s time (and his salary) for something they had no intention of publishing. Later on, Infantino changed his mind about that book and then about the whole magazine endeavor but at one point, it was certainly not unthinkable that they would have published this book.
I don’t think this was a great idea and I don’t think Jack even thought it was the best idea of those he’d submitted…but DC published a lot of things back then that I wouldn’t have thought they’d publish.
I have to wonder how many pages of Kirby art are in the possesion of the Simon estate?
That’s not Gregory Peck.
Looks like Peck to me.
Joe Simon’s collection was rather large with work by many artists. That includes a fair number of pieces of work that Jack drew during the Simon and Kirby partnership. The True Life Divorce is the only piece by Jack from after that period, although there is one other work that I will be writing about that sort of straddled before and after.
It’s not Peck. If you google him and look under images it’s obvious. Peck has a thinner nose, face, squarer jaw etc. I can email you a picture if you want.
Keep the Kirby minutiae koming- love it!
I have goggled Peck and it does look like Peck.
It’s NOT Gregory Peck. Sheesh.