Friday, March 21, 2014

May 1963

(Continued from April 1963)

FANTASTIC FOUR 14  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko
Review  (coming soon)

STRANGE TALES 107  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky  (April 1963)
Just a short note so far, the reason this issue is listed on this page is because, as far as I can tell, as far as Sub-Mariner's continuity goes, this story takes place after FANTASTIC FOUR 14, not before.

TALES TO ASTONISH 43  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
Review  (coming soon)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2  /  cover by STEVE DITKO
Review  (coming soon)

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 92  /  cover by JACK KIRBY  (w/ Dick Ayers)
"THE DAY LOKI STOLE THOR'S MAGIC HAMMER"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Loki magically diverts Thor's hammer to free himself from his chains. Thor returns to Asgard to find the hammer, and Loki tries to kill him with magical traps, but Thor overcomes them all to find his hammer and catch Loki."

Well, now the series is falling into a rut-- or simply narrowing the field a bit too much. This is the 2nd episode in a row to feature Loki and his endless vendetta against his adoptive brother.

As last time, apparently Jack Kirby supplied the story, Robert Bernstein the dialogue (and possibly fleshed out the story full-script, it's impossible to say), while JOE SINNOTT provided full art.

The cover appears to be by Kirby & Dick Ayers-- except, the figure of Loki also appeared on a "Masterworks" pin-up page, which suggests it may have been a piece of art reused here and compositted by the production department. Nick Caputo suggests the possibility of Jack Kirby inks, and while I believe the Thor figure was inked by Ayers, there's a good chance the figure of Loki (done separately) was all Kirby.
    (1-28-2014)

STRANGE TALES 108  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
Review  (coming soon)

TALES OF SUSPENSE 41  /  cover by JACK KIRBY
"THE STRONGHOLD OF DOCTOR STRANGE"
This is the story I believe was the first IRON MAN story actually produced, from Jack Kirby, Robert Bernstein & Dick Ayers. The villain of that story, I believe, was originally intended to be THE YELLOW CLAW, returning from the late-50's. I'm guessing the "editor" nixed it because he wanted to distance the new "Marvel" from the old one.
    (1-28-2014)

SGT. FURY 1  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
Review  (coming soon)

(Continued in June 1963)

All Text (C) Henry R. Kujawa
Artwork (C) Marvel Comics
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

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