Friday, January 23, 2015

Giant-Size Avengers #1 (Pt 24) Captain America's Famous Red, White and Blue Garb

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Giant-Size Avengers #1 (1974) Rich Buckler
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Tales of Suspense #84 (1966) Jack Kirby

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  1. It looks like Rich Buckler is the Kirby Swipe King. Perhaps that is why he was replaced and we didn't see much of him after Deathlok. I wonder if he did swipes for Deathlok or it was entirely original work. It makes you wonder how much is the real artist and how much is swiping from other artists. I realize it must be tough to put out a monthly book but how many times can you trace Kirby panels and re-use them in other issues. I am sure the artists and editors at Marvel were on to this and that is why his run didn't continue. Why not just hire Kirby if they wanted the Kirby look so bad. Oh that's right, Kirby was at DC at the time creating New Gods and Kamandi and The Demon, OMAC and those other books that were considered "failures" and were rebooted with different artist and writer teams. A lot of them are still being re-booted today. Especially when DC uses the New Gods villains in the DC animated movies on DVD

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    1. Hi Kirby Fan 1234,

      Thanks for the comments--you make a number of good points, not the least of which is Kirby was a one of a kind talent whose influence is felt to this day.

      I've never read Deathlok but based on the small sample I've seen--mostly panels online--the art doesn't seem to be based on recognizable KIrby panels. Maybe later on I will take a closer look to see if anything pops out. And from what I've seen of the letters back then, readers were aware of--and appreciated--Buckler's different styles: Deathlok was Buckler without the Kirby reference, as opposed to his work on the Fantastic Four and Thor. Both styles had their fans.

      In interviews (such as in The Jack Kirby Collector #29) Buckler has maintained that the Marvel brass encouraged his Kirby adaptations. However I do find it interesting that Buckler left the FF book just a few months after Kirby returned to Marvel in 1975.

      Btw, for a change of pace in February I'll be looking at John Buscema's 1970s FF run; he too used the Kirby FF as reference. It may not be as obvious as Buckler's, but it's there. Hope you'll stop by and thanks again for the incisive comments.

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