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Splash page to the Sub-Mariner story in MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #7 by Bill Everett

Splash page to the Sub-Mariner story in MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #7 by Bill Everett

Page from DAREDEVIL #1 by Bill Everett with uncredited assists from Sol Brodsky and Steve Ditko.
You can see that a lot of work was done on this page, panels cut out and enlarged or reworked, lettering changed, etc. DAREDEVIL #1 had a traumatic birthing process.

Page from DAREDEVIL #1 by Bill Everett with uncredited assists from Sol Brodsky and Steve Ditko.

You can see that a lot of work was done on this page, panels cut out and enlarged or reworked, lettering changed, etc. DAREDEVIL #1 had a traumatic birthing process.

Page from THOR #173 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett
A few of Kirby’s border notes remain:
NATIONAL DEFENSE—TAKE THEM AWAY
I WISH YOU
BACK TO BEING
AND HEALING

Page from THOR #173 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett

A few of Kirby’s border notes remain:

NATIONAL DEFENSE—TAKE THEM AWAY

I WISH YOU

BACK TO BEING

AND HEALING

Page from THOR #143 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.
A number of Kirby border notes remain:
HIS PRESENCE WHEN ON EARTH
SIF SAYS PREPARE FOR TROUBLE. THE ENCHANTERS ARE ON THE LOOSE! THEY MAY EVEN FOLLOW US HERE
THOR SAYS - NOBLE BALDER IS NO SLOUCH EITHER—(words obscured) NOT IN
THEIR FEARS ARE REALIZED—TWO STRANGE FIERY
FIRE REVEALS ITSELF IN EVIL SHAPE OF MAGNIR AND BRONA - BUT
Stan calls for some art adjustments in panel 4:
MAKE SIF YOUNGER LOOKING
SHOULDN’T THIS BE A FIST?
He also added in Balder’s thought balloon in that panel after the fact.

Page from THOR #143 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.

A number of Kirby border notes remain:

HIS PRESENCE WHEN ON EARTH

SIF SAYS PREPARE FOR TROUBLE. THE ENCHANTERS ARE ON THE LOOSE! THEY MAY EVEN FOLLOW US HERE

THOR SAYS - NOBLE BALDER IS NO SLOUCH EITHER—(words obscured) NOT IN

THEIR FEARS ARE REALIZED—TWO STRANGE FIERY

FIRE REVEALS ITSELF IN EVIL SHAPE OF MAGNIR AND BRONA - BUT

Stan calls for some art adjustments in panel 4:

MAKE SIF YOUNGER LOOKING

SHOULDN’T THIS BE A FIST?

He also added in Balder’s thought balloon in that panel after the fact.

Bill Everett’s original cover to NAVY TALES #1. The art was heavily reworked by other hands by the time it was printed.

Bill Everett’s original cover to NAVY TALES #1. The art was heavily reworked by other hands by the time it was printed.

A page from THOR #175 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.
Kirby’s border note reads;
YOU ARE NOW MY SUBJECT

A page from THOR #175 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.

Kirby’s border note reads;

YOU ARE NOW MY SUBJECT

A page from SUB-MARINER #50 by Bill Everett and Vince Colletta.

A page from SUB-MARINER #50 by Bill Everett and Vince Colletta.

Here’s the cover to CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #5 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.

Here’s the cover to CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #5 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.

Splash page to the Hulk story from TALES TO ASTONISH #79 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.
Kirby only did layouts on this story, so his border notes were incredibly extensive:
OPENING SHOT - HULK CAUGHT IN FIERCE RAYS COMING OUT OF GADGETRY HELD BY EVIL SCIENTIST. LIGHTNING-LIKE ENERGY PLAYS ABOUT HULK AS HE ADVANCES MENACINGLY TOWARDS SCIENTIST—FIGHTING AGAINST THE FLASH OF THE RAYS—BACKGROUND IS IN GADGETRY ROOM WHERE HULK WAS KEPT IN PIT DURING PREVIOUS STORY—SCIENTIST SAYS—THIS CREATURE IS LOADED WITH GREAT ENERGY—HE SHOULD BE ON HIS BEHIND—BUT KEEPS ADVANCING
It’s also clear from this scan that the title of the story was cut out of the board and changed from whatever it had been earlier.

Splash page to the Hulk story from TALES TO ASTONISH #79 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.

Kirby only did layouts on this story, so his border notes were incredibly extensive:

OPENING SHOT - HULK CAUGHT IN FIERCE RAYS COMING OUT OF GADGETRY HELD BY EVIL SCIENTIST. LIGHTNING-LIKE ENERGY PLAYS ABOUT HULK AS HE ADVANCES MENACINGLY TOWARDS SCIENTIST—FIGHTING AGAINST THE FLASH OF THE RAYS—BACKGROUND IS IN GADGETRY ROOM WHERE HULK WAS KEPT IN PIT DURING PREVIOUS STORY—SCIENTIST SAYS—THIS CREATURE IS LOADED WITH GREAT ENERGY—HE SHOULD BE ON HIS BEHIND—BUT KEEPS ADVANCING

It’s also clear from this scan that the title of the story was cut out of the board and changed from whatever it had been earlier.

Bill Everett’s cover to SUB-MARINER #57, featuring Venus. One of the last covers Everett did in his life.

Bill Everett’s cover to SUB-MARINER #57, featuring Venus. One of the last covers Everett did in his life.