Thursday, April 17, 2014

May 1964

(Continued from April 1964)

FANTASTIC FOUR 26  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
"THE AVENGERS TAKE OVER"
2nd half of the big FF-Hulk-Avengers crossover. JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, his editor does dialogue, and "George Bell" MURDERS another set of pages.
     (2-9-2014)


THE AVENGERS 5  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
"THE INVASION OF THE LAVA MEN"
JACK KIRBY does story & art, giving us a SEQUEL to JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #97 (Oct'63), and brings THE HULK back for one final episode. The "editor" continues on dialogue and Paul Reinman returns for one LAST stab at inks. The big "company-wide crossover" really comes to a conclusion HERE, though THE AVENGERS, as a series, would continue on and on and on, in one form or another, to this day.
    (2-9-2014)


TALES TO ASTONISH 55  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
"ON THE TRAIL OF THE HUMAN TOP"
DICK AYERS brings back GIANT-MAN's most annoying-as-hell bad guy, who apparently escaped scot free after the previous 2-parter. Ayers does story & FULL ART, while his editor does dialogue & STEALS full pay & credit for the story. Did Kirby have anything to do with this, apart from the cover?
     (2-9-2014)


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 12  /  cover by STEVE DITKO
Review  (coming soon)


JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 104  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"GIANTS WALK THE EARTH!"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Odin comes to Earth to settle the matter of Thor's love for Jane Foster. At the same time, Loki frees Skagg, the Storm Giant and Surtur so that he never has relinquish the power over Asgard. Thor, Balder and Odin defeat the giants and Loki is punished."

JACK KIRBY continues the wonderment, supplying story & art, while his editor does dialogue & Chic Stone does inks. WOW. This already marks the 2nd appearance of Skagg & Surtur, but their 1st in the present-day stories. It woudln't be the last.

"HEIMDALL GUARDIAN OF THE MYSTIC RAINBOW BRIDGE"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Odin has decided to appoint a sentry to the Rainbow Bridge. Agnar, Gotron and Heimdall try out for the appointment but Heimdall gets it."

Tales of Asgard continues with JACK KIRBY on story & art, his editor on dialogue & Don Heck on inks.
    (2-9-2014)


STRANGE TALES 120  /  cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
"THE HUMAN TORCH MEETS THE ICEMAN"
Surprisingly, JACK KIRBY returns for ONE final episode doing story & art, while his editor does dialogue and Dick Ayers does the inks. Presumably, the reason Kirby came back for this one was not only to orchestrate an X-MEN crossover (fire vs. ice), but also to introduce a NEW villain, "The Barracuda", a modern-day pirate who under Roy Thomas would go on to be a recurring baddie for SUB-MARINER.
     (2-9-2014)


TALES OF SUSPENSE 53  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
"THE BLACK WIDOW STRIKES AGAIN"
Story presumably by Jack Kirby & Don Heck, full art by DON HECK, and Don Rico on dialogue (while the slimeball editor continues to STEAL credit & pay for the story). As usual, Kirby also does the cover.
     (2-9-2014)


X-MEN 5  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Paul Reinman  (alterations by Marie Severin)
Review  (coming soon)


SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS 7
"THE COURT-MARTIAL OF SGT. FURY"
JACK KIRBY on story & art, his editor on dialogue & George Roussos butchering the inks.
     (2-9-2014)


(Continued in June 1964)

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

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