Thursday, October 27, 2016

Trimpe and Kirby (Pt 4) Incredible Hulk #122 and Fantastic Four #83 - Human Torch

Incredible Hulk 122 Trimpe
Dec. 1969 Hulk #122 Herb Trimpe
Fantastic Four 83 Inhumans
Feb. 1969: Fantastic Four #83 Jack Kirby

Pssst--in the Trimpe panel, Sue and Crystal are again modeled after a Kirby panel from an FF issue we've seen already. Guess which issue!  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Trimpe and Kirby (Pt 1) Incredible Hulk #122 and Fantastic Four #89

The late great Herb Trimpe's artwork was often called "Kirbyesque" so here we'll take a look at Trimpe's work on Hulk #122 and #123, which featured the Fantastic Four as guest stars. I never read Hulk back then but I was an FF fan, so for me it's fun to see these FF recalls. 

Trimpe was not used to drawing the FF and it was important to keep such well-known characters on model.  It's pretty apparent Trimpe used several then-recent Fantastic Four issues, chiefly #83-#89, for inspiration/reference.These issues were probably on hand in the Marvel offices--remember, Trimpe was part of the Marvel production staff.  

Let's start with these covers, Fantastic Four #89 and Hulk #122. Both issues are from 1969: FF #89 was published in May 1969, around the time when Hulk #122 was being created, given a 4 month production lead time. Sure, there's Reed's fist in the forefront, but let's face it, that's a pretty common--and expected--Reed shot. Here I'm more interested in Sue and Crystal. 
Hulk 122 Fantastic Four
Aug. 1969: Fantastic Four #89  Jack Kirby                            Dec. 1969: Incredible Hulk #122 Herb Trimpe                 

A closer look at the two covers: 
Fantastic Four 89 Lee-Kirby
Here's a close-up of Sue and Crystal on the FF #89 cover...
Hulk 122 Fantastic Four
...and on the Hulk #122 cover.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Popular Thing Pose by Kirby, Kane, Buscema, Buckler and Perez

Classic Benjamin J. Grimm: standard shots of Ben as punching bag. 

Kirby Fantastic Four 71 And So It Ends
Feb. 1968: Fantastic Four #71  Jack Kirby
Marvel Team-Up 6 Thing Alicia
Jan. 1973: Marvel Team-Up #6  Gil Kane
Fanatstic Four 141 Negative Zone
Dec. 1973: Fantastic Four #141 John Buscema
Fantastic Four 144 Attack
March 1974: Fantastic Four #144 Rich Buckler

Dec. 1976: Fantastic Four #177 George Perez
Perez changes the legs and adopts Buscema's open mouth expression 
 If Buscema's and Buckler's panels look familiar, it's because we've seen them before here and here.  How do Kane's and Perez's stack up?

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