Here’s another piece of art Kirby withheld from Marvel - a splash page of the Watcher in his space suit. There’s evidence that Kirby intended to reveal that the Watcher and Galactus were from the same race/planet/people, but Stan Lee had other plans. This pencil art was first published in Kirby Unleashed in 1971.
John Morrow writes in his “Key 1960s Moments" timeline on the Kirby Effect , "Martin Goodman becomes worried about Stan’s popularity and the control he has over the Marvel line, and pressures him to have other writers handle some of the stories. Stan develops “writer’s test” using four Kirby pages from FF Annual#2, with the balloons whited-out.”
Jack Kirby’s original pencil drawings for Agatha Harkness. He withheld design because it was “too good for them” (Marvel). Read more eye-popping factoids in John Morrow’s “Key 1960s Moments” timeline.on The Kirby Effect.
With the premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series just around the corner, I thought it only right to present the wild technology that Jack Kirby, introduced in the first two Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. stories all the way back in 1965. Look, we’re not saying that Stan Lee didn’t have ANYthing to do with these stories, or that John Severin didn’t rock the second story, but the tech would’ve been something put there when Kirby drew and provided notes to Lee for the first story and the breakdowns for the second. So, get set for some spytastic goodness courtesy of the King of Comics, and learn the roots of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Click here for the whole list!
Kirby Museum honcho, Rand Hoppe wrote this piece about Jack’s early Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. stuff for Den of Geek! Go check it out!
Another one from the Kirby-Vision portrait gallery!
It’s Jack Kirby portrait day over at our Kirby-Vision blog! Check out this one by Ashley Holt!
One piece of paper, two amazing color works by Jack Kirby. On the left, Kirby colors panel 4 of page 4 of “To Become An Immortal!” published in Thor 136, January 1967. On the right, a reworked splash from the Tales of Asgard story "When Speaks The Dragon!" published in Thor 134, November 1966. Signed paper is appx 28" wide by 22" high. Yellow and blue borders are tape.
A photocopy of Kirby’s pencil art, with lettering, from Thor 166 (July 1969), featuring “Him”; like the Silver Surfer, he was another character Jack felt was changed from the direction he had planned for the character. See Mike Gartland’s “How Could He Not Know?” on the Kirby Effect.