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Cover to TALES TO ASTONISH #90 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

Cover to TALES TO ASTONISH #90 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

Final page from FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta
Kirby’s border notes read:
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU ETC. — CEREMONY DONE WITH
TWO GUYS OVER HERE CLAIM THEY HAVE INVITES TO PARTY
GO HOME! I’VE HAD ENOUGH TROUBLE
It’s clear that the caption in the third panel was heavily rewritten at the last minute. Also, Gabe Jones’ face in Panel 3 was touched up, probably by Marie Severin. And some work was done on the Kirby figures in the final two panels, possibly to make them shorter.

Final page from FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

Kirby’s border notes read:

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU ETC. — CEREMONY DONE WITH

TWO GUYS OVER HERE CLAIM THEY HAVE INVITES TO PARTY

GO HOME! I’VE HAD ENOUGH TROUBLE

It’s clear that the caption in the third panel was heavily rewritten at the last minute. Also, Gabe Jones’ face in Panel 3 was touched up, probably by Marie Severin. And some work was done on the Kirby figures in the final two panels, possibly to make them shorter.

Splash page from TEEN-AGE ROMANCES #84 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

Splash page from TEEN-AGE ROMANCES #84 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

From UNCANNY TALES #18, here’s a complete four-page story drawn by Vince Colletta channeling his best Wally Wood imitation.

Cover to TALES TO ASTONISH #90 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

Cover to TALES TO ASTONISH #90 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

Page from X-MEN #12 by Jack Kirby, Alex Toth and Vince Colletta.
Kirby’s border notes read:
BACK WITH X-MEN AND BIG PROF. HE CONTINUES—STEPFATHER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL—HE REMAINED A BROKEN MAN UNTIL HE DIED MANY
LIGHT FLASHES INTO ROOM FROM OUTSIDE — A RAGGED BRILLIANT FLASHING WHICH MAKES (words obscured) X-MEN

Page from X-MEN #12 by Jack Kirby, Alex Toth and Vince Colletta.

Kirby’s border notes read:

BACK WITH X-MEN AND BIG PROF. HE CONTINUES—STEPFATHER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL—HE REMAINED A BROKEN MAN UNTIL HE DIED MANY

LIGHT FLASHES INTO ROOM FROM OUTSIDE — A RAGGED BRILLIANT FLASHING WHICH MAKES (words obscured) X-MEN

Two pages from CAPTAIN AMERICA #173 by Sal Buscema and Vince Colletta. This was from te short period where, to save money, every issue would have two pages drawn on a single board as one page.
Sal’s border notes read:
CYKE SPOTS STEVE & SAM - HE MUST MAKE THIS LOOK GOOD
FIRES A BOLT
SAM DODGES & STEVE KEEPS COMING - CYKE MISSED ON PURPOSE OF COURSE
LINDA FLIPS CYKE
STEVE BELTS HIM BEFORE HE GETS UP - NOT FULL POWER
CYKE ACTS DAZED - FIRES SHOT WILD, BUT—
—TELEGRAPHED ENOUGH TO STEVE COULD SAVE LINDA—

Two pages from CAPTAIN AMERICA #173 by Sal Buscema and Vince Colletta. This was from te short period where, to save money, every issue would have two pages drawn on a single board as one page.

Sal’s border notes read:

CYKE SPOTS STEVE & SAM - HE MUST MAKE THIS LOOK GOOD

FIRES A BOLT

SAM DODGES & STEVE KEEPS COMING - CYKE MISSED ON PURPOSE OF COURSE

LINDA FLIPS CYKE

STEVE BELTS HIM BEFORE HE GETS UP - NOT FULL POWER

CYKE ACTS DAZED - FIRES SHOT WILD, BUT—

—TELEGRAPHED ENOUGH TO STEVE COULD SAVE LINDA—

Page from CAPTAIN AMERICA #151 by Sal Buscema and Vince Colletta

Page from CAPTAIN AMERICA #151 by Sal Buscema and Vince Colletta

Page from DAREDEVIL #114 by Bob Brown and Vince Colletta

Page from DAREDEVIL #114 by Bob Brown and Vince Colletta

Page from THOR #163 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta
A few of Kirby’s border notes remain:
THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR WAYS
THE FIGHT OUT OF YOU
BEAM FROM GADGET

Page from THOR #163 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta

A few of Kirby’s border notes remain:

THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR WAYS

THE FIGHT OUT OF YOU

BEAM FROM GADGET