Tag Archives: Jack Kirby

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby!

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Kirby is and will always be the King!  I like to think about the silver age of Marvel and just how exciting Kirby must have been to see his creations really take form and to watch children react to all the heroes that were in his head!

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Hulk Toon Tumblers #3 (2009)

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A whole new set of Tumblers have made their way onto store shelves – and they seem to have concentrated on Silver Age images this time around. I know this is a Kirby Hulk but for the life of me I can’t remember where it’s from… a TTA? An early TIH? Which ever it is I like the little Marvel Comics Group sign underneath. I have the first two – and I got doubles of both – one for drinking one for keeping – but when I have washed them the images are wearing away and disappearing. It’s too bad – I love these glasses!

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Another cool site…

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I found this while searching out Kirby inspired Hulk images.  Pretty sweet site.  Click the image to be brought there!

Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier (2008)

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What an amazing book this is!  Not onl does it follow the late, great Jack Kirby’s life and the early days of Marvel but it also gives you a TON of amazing pictures and older sketches from the master himself.  The book also calls into question exactly how much writing Stan Lee did – and how much the illustrators added to the stories.  It’s a very interesting read.

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The saddest story of the book is this page where they re-count when Marvel commisioned Kirby to draw a bunch of posters for a series of superhero posters.  When they got the initial drawings they worried that maybe there were too many Kirby drawings and asked Herb Trimpe to take Kirby’s Hulk poster and re-do it.  Trimpe did as he was told and basically took Kirby’s drawing but changed the head to match with the style that Hulk had adpoted around that time.  That was the final nail in the Marvel coffin for Kirby.

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Actually, I do like the Trimpe drawing better – but it’s hard to after reading this…  Check out this book if you have the chance.  Pick it up and enjoy a mighty fine read.

Incredible Hulk #2 (1962)

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I’m getting closer to owning every comic- and this was definitely a big score!  A mint copy of Incredible Hulk #2 (minus the mint).  This amazing piece of History has the first ever green Hulk!  Not to mention Hulk fighting the Toad Men.  See what goes down in this comic on the FIRST 6 page.  I will soon house the most valuable Hulk comics I have in a frame so that I may display them and stare at them all day.  That wil be great!  No job, no life, just all day staring at my Hulk collection…

Okay, that may have gone over the line a bit…

Incredible Hulk #6 (1963)

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Just look at that cover!  I know, the comic is in terrible shape, but it’s freakin’ Incredible Hulk #6!  At a time when artists and writers didn’t even put their names on the cover!  Little did they know then that they would become legends.  Kirby’s style created the look and excitement to almost every flagship character for Marvel.  Stan Lee wrote stories that could grip the minds of young children all over the country.  And let’s not forget Steve Ditko (who penciled this issue) who was essential in bringing Kirby’s pencil’s to the forefront.  Is the language a little hokey now?  Sure, but who cares!  The Incredible Hulk character was already 14 when I was born and had already lived through cancellation, re-coloring, and reclaiming his own title again! 

 Every issue of the original first 6 had a new exciting change to the Hulk persona.  In this issue, you meet the Metal Master and  you also see the Teen Brigade which teen Rick Jones founded, and Bruce Banner and Betty Ross’ tumultuous relationship has it’s first big hurdle – Thunderbolt Ross finding out! 

Any Hulk fan should try to get any of the first 6 issues.  They are as important as they are works of art and amazing to see in person.  My copies aren’t the best – but it is all I can afford right now and I’m just excited to get any of them at all!  And the older they get the more expensive they will be.  These are rare, and I don’t mean “rare” like retailers mean it today, saying something’s rare just to try to sell a book, I mean, these books didn’t have a big initial printing in the first place so getting any copy now is hard – unless you have the cash.