Monday, August 8, 2016

It Was 55 Years Ago Today...

...when this unassuming lttle comic hit the stands*** 

***On sale date of 8/8/61 is given by various sources including the utterly invaluable Mike's Newsstand.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Great Pair of Jeans! By Jack Kirby and Barry Windsor-Smith

                     X-Men 9 Jean Grey Marvel Girl
X-Men #9 (1965) Jack Kirby natch!
X-Men 53 Jean Grey Marvel Girl
X-Men #53 (1969) Barry W-Smith 

Friday, August 28, 2015

One of My Favorite Jack Kirby Covers

Simon-Kirby Comics

Now that's a Kirbyesque face!  ;)

Jack "King" Kirby  
August 28 1917- February 6 1994

Psst: betcha can't guess who the lanky figure in black is ;)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Angry Young Men: Incredible Hulk #1 and...

I've long wondered if Kirby's fine-featured, brooding Hulk was based--facially, anyway--on a certain fine-featured, brooding actor. And yeah, I first posted this on a comic book forum a while back but I'm re-posting it here just 'cause I like these images. So there! 

(l.) Brando as Antony in the 1953 film Julius Caesar         (r.)  Incredible Hulk #1 by Kirby-Reinman                   

Fun fact: In 1969 Jack Kirby designed the costumes and posters for a production of Julius Caesar at the University of California at Santa Cruz. More info at the  Kirby Museum. 

Update: check out August 2015 Time magazine on Kirby!  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Scarlet Witch's Hair Color Part 4

Last time we established that Wanda's hair color reverted to brown way back in 1970's Avengers #75 (click here for details). For the most part her hair's remained rich brown aka red aka auburn aka chestnut aka marsala ever since....though there've been a few variations along the way. 
Black or brown? Scarlet Witch by John Buscema (l)...and by Bob Hall channeling his teacher Buscema (r)
1990s: Yeah I know Wanda's hair color is the kind of brown that can be called "red"; but it's criminal to depict Wanda with bright tomato-red hair--you know, the shade that's normally associated with Medusa or Matt Murdock or Jean Grey. Wanda should never be depicted as a Jean-clone as she was back in the late '90s (leave that sort of stuff for Madelyne Pryor). That's Jean in the first panel and Wanda in the third--I think
Uncanny XMen 335-Avengers
X-Men #335 (1996)

2000s: Ultimate Wanda had black patent leather tresses.   
Ultimate XMen

2005: Basic brown at the conclusion of House of M.
House of M Wanda Maximoff

2007: The lighter, gingery red-brown hair she sported as Wandjelina  was wrong. Just. Wrong.          

New Avengers 27-ClintBartonWandamaximoff
New Avengers #26 (2007)
Scarlet Witch Olsen
2015 Vintage

There you have it, a look at Wanda the Scarlet Witch's hair hues. If you want a refresher you can check here and here and here. So, which do you prefer, the brown or black? I must confess that while I find Wanda's deep brown hair lovely, I've always preferred the black as it's a great counterpoint to Pietro's white hair. Plus I feel Wanda's black hair is a better complement to her usual red attire, it's got that le rouge et le noir thing going on. Ah well, c'est la vie...  ;)

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