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Year of the Artist, Day 5: Jack Kirby, Part 5 – The Fantastic Four #29

10-06-2013 03;56;33PM

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jack Kirby, and the issue is The Fantastic Four #29, which was published by Marvel and has a cover date of August 1964. These scans are from Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four volume 3, my copy of which was published in 2010. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 4: Jack Kirby, Part 4 – The Fantastic Four #1

10-05-2013 03;00;54PM

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jack Kirby, and the issue is The Fantastic Four #1, which was published by Marvel and has a cover date of November 1961. You may have heard of this issue. These scans are from Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four volume 1, my copy of which was published in 2011. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 3: Jack Kirby, Part 3 – Fighting American #2

10-12-2013 01;25;12PM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jack Kirby, and the story is “The League of the Handsome Devils!” from Fighting American #2, which was published by Prize Comics, an imprint of Crestwood Publications, and has a cover date of June/July 1954. These scans are from Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier (which is why they’re in black and white), which was published in 2008. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 2: Jack Kirby, Part 2 – The Strange World of Your Dreams #2

10-04-2013 12;41;27PM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jack Kirby, and the story is “The Girl in the Grave!” from The Strange World of Your Dreams #2, which has a cover date of September/October 1952. These scans are from the collection of the four issues of this series from Yoe Books and IDW, which was published in 2013. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 1: Jack Kirby, Part 1 – Blue Bolt Comics #10

10-03-2013 01;55;39PM (2)

Yes, I took last year off after my post-a-day madness of 2012, but during that long year, I had another idea for a post-a-day for an entire year: a series on artists and their development. While I was posting the first pages of comics, I think I got better at writing about art, so I wanted to write about it more. I’ve always been interested at how artists evolve through their careers, and picking up some random older collected editions in 2013 made me curious to see this progression and write a bit about it. So for this year, I’m picking artists and seeing how they draw a particular comic. Each day will feature only one comic, but it might be a whole series of sequences or just one sequence or even one panel. I’m also not going to limit myself to a progression – some artists I might only feature once, but I hope to show several examples over the course of some days. Obviously, I can only show art of comics I actually own, so I might miss some of your favorites. Sorry! I hope, in this way, to show how an artist gets better at the job of drawing a comic (of course, I might even show how an artist gets worse, but that’s far more depressing). Plus, I’d like to see how changes in technology affect some of the art in comics. I did this a little when I featured the first pages of comics, focusing on a single artist a few different times, so I might skip those artists I featured in 2012. We’ll see. And, of course, I’m starting with the King. I mean, I kind of have to, don’t I?
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Year of the Artist archive!

Here is a listing of all the artists featured in my daily posts, “Year of the Artist.” Easy-peasy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for August 2013

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“Someone got hurt, someone got high, some of them left the rest behind”
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – The Long and Short of Arnim Zola’s Back Story

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Charlie E., we take a look at the differing takes on the back story of the Captain America villain, Arnim Zola.

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 175: Mister Miracle #5

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks, with each week devoted to comics from one decade. This week’s decade: the 1970s! Today’s page is from Mister Miracle #5 and was published by DC and is cover dated November/December 1971. This scan is from the trade paperback Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus volume 2 from 2007. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 167: Tales of Suspense #19

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks, with each week devoted to comics from one decade. This week’s decade: the 1960s! Today’s page is from Tales of Suspense #19, which was published by Marvel (although the indicia lists “Vista Publications”) and is cover dated July 1961. I borrowed this and several other comics over the next few weeks from Howard Harris, my comics retailer, who was nice enough to let me take them home and scan them. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 156: Science Comics #4

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks, with each week devoted to comics from one decade. This week’s decade(s): the 1930s/1940s! Today’s page is from Science Comics #4 (a Cosmic Carson story), which was published by Fox Feature Syndicate and is cover dated May 1940. This scan is from Supermen!, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2009. Enjoy!
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Taking no chances: Mainstream superhero comics need a kick in the butt

I spend a lot of time coming up with provocative titles for my posts, you know! How’s that one?
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Sunday Brunch: 1/30/11

The comics internet, in Dagwood sandwich form. (One bite! I dare you!)

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Sunday Brunch: 9/12/10

The biggest Brunch ever? Quite possibly. All the news that’s fit to pimp!

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Sunday Brunch: 8/29/10

Slapped together at the last minute, just the way you like it! The scrapple of linkblogs! It’s…

MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If you could have dinner with any comics creator, living or dead, who would it be, and, more importantly, what would you order?

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