Thursday, December 17, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Giant-Size Avengers #1 (Pt 46) Crystal and Mantis

Why is Mantis shown with a big ol' man hand?! What's more the hand is gloved and Mantis doesn't wear gloves. Well, at least the colorist tried to get it right and made it flesh-colored!


Fantastic Four 83 Lee-Kirby-Sinnott
1969: Fantastic Four 83 Kirby

Giant-SIze Avengers 1 Invaders
1974: Giant-Size Avengers 1 Buckler

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Giant-Size Avengers #1 (Pt 43) Iron Man and Nuklo

Tales to Astonish #82 SubMariner Iron Man
1966: Tales to Astonish #82  Jack Kirby
1974 Giant-Size Avengers 1 Invaders
                                           1974: Giant-Size Avengers #1  Rich Buckler

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giant-Size Avengers #1 (Pt 35) Captain America--Capsized!

1974 Giant-Size Avengers 1
         1974:  Giant-Size Avengers 1  Buckler          1967: Tales of Suspense 92  Kirby                    

Monday, November 23, 2015

Giant-Size Avengers #1 (Pt 34) More Captain America and Whizzer

Tales of Suspense 92 Captain America
             1974:Giant-Size Avengers 1 Buckler           1967:Tales of Suspense 92 Kirby                                                     

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fantastic Four #148 (Pt 37) Thundra and Torch Stand By Reed

Fantastic Four 148 War On Thirty-Sixth Floor
1974: Fantastic Four #148  Buckler
Fantastic Four 43 Frightful Four
1965: Fantastic Four #43 Kirby

Click here for a recap of Fantastic Four #148.

Next: 
Giant-Size Avengers #1, published in May 1974. After that we'll return to the FF, specifically Fantastic Four #149, which was published a couple of weeks after G-S A 1. 
Fantastic Four 149 Gerry Conway Rich Buckler
Giant-Size Avengers #1                                       Fantastic Four #149

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fantastic Four #148 (Pt 36) Thor, Hercules, Ben and Sandman

Fantastic Four 148 Frightful Four
1974: Fantastic Four #148  Rich Buckler
Journey Into Mystery Annual 1 Thor Hercules
1965: Journey Into Mystery Annual #1  Jack Kirby

The Thor-Hercules image is from the Kirby JiM Annual #1 cover, below. And it could be that the smaller-sized JiM Annual #1 house ad (seen in FF #42 and #43, for example) was used as the foundation for the FF #148 Thing-Sandman image.
1965 Journey Into Mystery Annual 1 Thor
Journey Into Mystery Annual #1

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fantastic Four #148 (Pt 35) Cap 'n' Trapster Are the Bee's Knees...Plus Gil Kane!


Fantastic Four 148 Frightful Four
1974: Fantastic Four #148  Rich Buckler
Tales of Suspense 85 Batroc
1966: Tales of Suspense #85  Jack Kirby

Bonus! Gil Kane's Kirbyesque Cap, a few issues later in ToS #88
Tales of Suspense 88 If Bucky Lives
Tales of Suspense #88 Gil Kane

Like many other Marvel pencilers, Gil Kane was asked to approximate Kirby's dynamic storytelling. Check out Kane's 1960s Captain America Suspense run and you'll see plenty of Kirby references--another Cap example here!   

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Stay Strong



Thoughts and prayers to our Parisian friends. Be safe and stay strong.



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fantastic Four #148 (Pt 32) Dr. Doom and Wizard--Great Minds Think Alike


Fantastic Four 148 War on Thirty Sixth Floor
Fantastic Four 148 Frightful Four
Fantastic Four 148 Wizard
L.  Fantastic Four #40 (1965) Kirby               R.  Fantastic Four #148 (1974) Buckler


Here's the #148 sequence:  
War On Thirty Sixth Floor Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four #148 (19745) Buckler
The Kirby panels are from Fantastic Four #40 page 9... 
Battle of Baxter Building Doom Daredevil
...and page 16. 
Fantastic Four 40 Lee Kirby
Fantastic Four #40 (1965) Kirby

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