Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, A Checklist and a Glossary

While writing the serial post “Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking” I was pretty confident about all the examples of Jack’s inking that I provided unless I specifically commented otherwise. That does not mean that I am as confident with all my attributions of Kirby’s inking. None the less I have started a Kirby inking Kirby checklist. This checklist has also been added to my sidebar. Like all my checklists, it is a work in progress. Actually since I have only recently begun to be systematic about recording the inking attributions in my database the inking checklists maybe subject to even more alterations then the rest.

Anyone who dilegently compares my inking attributions to those in the Jack Kirby Checklist will find a number of disagreements. This is to be expected as inking credits were never provided during the time of Simon and Kirby’s collaboration. Further it is clear that during this time more then one inker worked on Jack’s pencils. With multiple inkers and no documentation I think I can safely say that there will never be a Kirby inker checklist that all Simon and Kirby scholars will completely agree with. Still not all is hopeless and there is much to be gained by providing those inking attributions that we can.

I have also added to the pages sidebar a glossary for the terms that I use to describe different brush techniques. I look upon such terms only as an imperfect aid in discussions. Neither Jack Kirby nor any of his inkers followed a strickly regimented approach. There will always be spotting that does not quite fit any available term. Providing a new term for every variation would soon result in so many discriptors that nobody would be able to remember them all.

Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, Chapter 1, Introduction
Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, Chapter 2, Mainline
Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, Chapter 3, A Lot of Romance
Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, Chapter 4, Prize Covers
Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, Chapter 5, Harvey
Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, Chapter 6, Atlas
Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, Chapter 7, DC
Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, Chapter 8, More Harvey
Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, Chapter 9, More Prize

other post with Kirby inking Kirby:

Strange Tale Indeed
Battleground, Jack Kirby’s Return to Atlas
Captain 3D

1 thought on “Jack Kirby’s Austere Inking, A Checklist and a Glossary

  1. nick caputo

    Harry,

    THanks for compiling all this information. It is greatly apreciated and will be an invaluable resource.

    Nick Caputo

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