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.

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fantastic Four #148 (Pt 31) Medusa, Wizard, Human Torch, Dr. Doom

Fantastic Four 40 Dr Doom
 Fantastic Four 148 (1974)                      Fantastic Four 40 (1965)
Buckler                                        Kirby

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fantastic Four #148 (Pt 29) Reed's Ray Gun Redux

In the FF#148 sequence, Reed claims he's "just rigged" the new tracing device he's holding --but it sure looks awfully similar to the Power Amplifier he used back in #40. Either Reed revamped the first device or else he really likes that design for his doohickeys!
Fantastic Four #148 War On Thirty-Sixth Floor
1974: Fantastic Four #148  Buckler
Fantastic Four #40 Battle Baxter Building
1965Fantastic Four #40  Kirby

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fantastic Four #148 (Pt 28) Wingless Wizard

Fantastic Four 148 War on Thirty-Sixth Floor
     Fantastic Four #43 (1965) Kirby                            Fantastic Four #148 (1974) Buckler                    

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fantastic Four #147 (Pt 46) Sub-Mariner and the Original Human Torch Back to Back

   Fantastic Four 147 Conway-Buckler
1974: Fantastic Four #147 Buckler
              1966 Fantastic Four Annual 4
1966: Fantastic Four Annual #4  Jack Kirby

Psst! Did you notice that most of the panels on the last page of #147 are based on images from 1966's FF Annual #4? Why don't we take a look at the page in question: 
Fantastic Four 147 Sub-Mariner Strikes
Fantastic Four #147's last page
Check out the Fantastic Four Annual #4 sources here: 
Panel one
Panel two, as seen recently
Panel three above
Panel four

The only panel not from FF Annual #4 is panel five, Namor and Sue, which is based on a panel from 1967's Fantastic Four #66.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fantastic Four #147 (Pt 45) A Whoom! of One's Own

Fantastic Four 40 Stan Lee Jack Kirby
1965: Fantastic Four #40   Kirby
Fantastic Four 147 Conway Buckler
1974: Fantastic Four #147  Buckler
Whooms! courtesy of  artful Artie Simek, letterer extraordinaire.
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