Sunday, April 13, 2014

March 1964

(Continued from February 1964)

FANTASTIC FOUR 24  /  cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
"THE INFANT TERRIBLE"
Jack Kirby story & art, Lee dialogue, "George Bell" inks. UGH.
     (2-7-2014)

TALES TO ASTONISH 53  /  cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
This features one of the most dangerous villains Jack Kirby ever came up with, in the epic tale, "TRAPPED BY THE PORCUPINE!" (heh. heh. heh.) DICK AYERS supplies story & full art, Lee, dialogue.
     (2-7-2014)


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 10  /
cover by STEVE DITKO and Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
Review  (coming soon)


JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 102  /  cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
"SLAVE OF ZARRKO, THE TOMORROW MAN!"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Thor helps Zarrko conquer the 23rd century world, but then turns on him and defeats him, winning back Odin's favour."

JACK KIRBY concludes the first-ever THOR 2-parter. Something I had never noticed before yesterday, while doing research for this thread, was that CHIC STONE made his Marvel debut as inker THIS MONTH!! I was long under the impression that "George Bell" inked for a certain period, than was replaced by Stone. NO! They BOTH worked for Lee around the same time. "Bell" made his debut on THOR the previous month, and continued to BUTCHER Kirby (and several other pencillers) for months to come, but Stone got on THOR after only one month of such devastatingly-awful finishes. (And I'm sure many fans, looking back, dearly WISH Stone had come onboard a month earlier.)

As usual-- the "editor" did the dialogue-- and STOLE full CREDIT & PAY for the story.

"DEATH" COMES TO THOR!"
[The Boyhood of Thor! Part 3 (At the Age of Eighteen!)]
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Thor rescues Sif from Hela, goddess of Death, and earns the right to carry the Hammer of Odin."

What some boys won't do to impress a girl.

" Indexer Notes: Sif looks nothing like her later and more familiar Marvel appearance, but more like her traditional description."

Hmm.

JACK KIRBY continues the wonderment of "TALES OF ASGARD", supplying story & art, Paul Reinman returns for inks, and the usual joker does the dialogue while grabbing credit AND PAY for much more.
    (2-7-2014)



STRANGE TALES 118  /  cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
"THE MAN WHO BECAME THE TORCH"
Yet ANOTHER grudge match with that certifiable sociopath, The Wizard. DICK AYER supplies story & full art, Lee, dialogue.
     (2-7-2014)


TALES OF SUSPENSE 51  /  cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
Another Kirby villain makes his diabolical debut, in "THE SINISTER SCARECROW". DON HECK supplies story & full art, Lee, dialogue.
     (2-7-2014)


SGT. FURY & HIS KAMIKAZE COMMANDOS #6 (more or less, heehee)
"THE FANGS OF THE FOX"
JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, Lee on dialogue, and "George Bell" continues to murder the finishes.
     (2-7-2014)


X-MEN 4  /  cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
Review  (coming soon)

THE AVENGERS 4  /  cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
...and finally, what everyone's been waiting for...!!!
"CAPTAIN AMERICA JOINS THE AVENGERS!"
Wow!!! One of the all-time GREAT masterpieces of the era, with JACK KIRBY bringing back his hero from WW2, supplying story & art, while Lee does dialogue & George Roussos performs his usual artistic form of MURDER, uncredited this time. If ever there was a book that deserved to be re-inked, it was this one.
    (2-7-2014)


(Continued in April 1964)

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

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