The Marvel Age of Comics
This closes out our day-long tribute to the King of Comics, Jack Kirby, on the occasion of his 97th birthday!

This closes out our day-long tribute to the King of Comics, Jack Kirby, on the occasion of his 97th birthday!

Page from FANTASTIC FOUR #62 by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott
Kirby’s border notes read:
COULD ONLY BE WITH YOU —
I’LL BETCHA INHUMANS COULD HELP
ACCOMPLISHED IN INSTANTANEOUS LEAPS — LOCKJAW CAN BYPASS TIME
YEAH IT COULD BE POSSIBLE
CRYSTAL SAYS I’LL GET BACK

Page from FANTASTIC FOUR #62 by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

Kirby’s border notes read:

COULD ONLY BE WITH YOU —

I’LL BETCHA INHUMANS COULD HELP

ACCOMPLISHED IN INSTANTANEOUS LEAPS — LOCKJAW CAN BYPASS TIME

YEAH IT COULD BE POSSIBLE

CRYSTAL SAYS I’LL GET BACK

Splash page to X-MEN #4 by Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman

Splash page to X-MEN #4 by Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman

Page from WHAT IF #11 by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer and friends. This looks like one of the pages Royer didn’t work on to me.

Page from WHAT IF #11 by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer and friends. This looks like one of the pages Royer didn’t work on to me.

Splash page to FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #6 by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

Splash page to FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #6 by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

Pencils to a page from THOR #162 by Jack Kirby, alongside the finished printed page.
Kirby’s border notes read:
GUNS OF ENEMY UNLEASHED TO DESTROY PLANET — BUT FIRST THEY WILL DESTROY OBJECT
OBJECT SUDDENLY COMES APART — OPENS — AND STRANGE AWESOME BEING EMERGES
IT IS THE BIRTH OF GALACTUS — HE FEELS URGE FOR COSMIC ENERGY — WITH ONE SWIPE HE DESTROYS THE WHOLE ENEMY SPACE FLEET —

Pencils to a page from THOR #162 by Jack Kirby, alongside the finished printed page.

Kirby’s border notes read:

GUNS OF ENEMY UNLEASHED TO DESTROY PLANET — BUT FIRST THEY WILL DESTROY OBJECT

OBJECT SUDDENLY COMES APART — OPENS — AND STRANGE AWESOME BEING EMERGES

IT IS THE BIRTH OF GALACTUS — HE FEELS URGE FOR COSMIC ENERGY — WITH ONE SWIPE HE DESTROYS THE WHOLE ENEMY SPACE FLEET —

Two pages of pencils from FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #5 by Jack Kirby
Kirby’s border notes read:
BLACK BOLT IS A DEEP SENSITIVE — HE FEELS STRANGE POWER
B.B. CREATES MOLECULAR BRIDGE FOR FRIENDS TO CROSS
KARNAK BOWS. HIS MIND PROBES FOR WEAK SPOT IN REEF
KARKAK SPLITS ROCK — REVEALS STRANGE OUTER SHELL OF
SHOCK WAVE SHOOTS OUT AND JOLTS KARNAK

Two pages of pencils from FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #5 by Jack Kirby

Kirby’s border notes read:

BLACK BOLT IS A DEEP SENSITIVE — HE FEELS STRANGE POWER

B.B. CREATES MOLECULAR BRIDGE FOR FRIENDS TO CROSS

KARNAK BOWS. HIS MIND PROBES FOR WEAK SPOT IN REEF

KARKAK SPLITS ROCK — REVEALS STRANGE OUTER SHELL OF

SHOCK WAVE SHOOTS OUT AND JOLTS KARNAK

Splash page to THOR #168 by Jack Kirby and George Klein

Splash page to THOR #168 by Jack Kirby and George Klein

Splash page to the Tales of Asgard story in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #98 by Jack Kirby and Don Heck

Splash page to the Tales of Asgard story in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #98 by Jack Kirby and Don Heck

Page from FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #4 by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

Page from FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #4 by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott