Sunday, April 8, 2012

Adventures of the Fly #1 - Jack Kirby art & cover

Jack Kirby
Adventures of the Fly v1 #1, 1959 - The publishers of Archie comics dive into the super-hero genre with this premiere issue. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby introduce a teenager suddenly endowed with insect-like powers (sound familiar?). The art is overall competent, but not exceptional. Simon's style is also more assertive than usual in many of the faces. The villain "Spider" Spry, making his first appearance in the second story, is a prototypical Kirby antagonist with his grotesque features. The issue's high point is the self-touted "wide angle scream": basically a two page horizontal panel intended to simulate a movie theater effect. This is number 1 of 2 Adventures of the Fly issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Joe Simon inks) = ***
"The Strange New World of the Fly" Kirby story pencils (Joe Simon inks) 20 pages =
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"Buzz Gun" Kirby layouts and partial story pencils (Joe Simon inks) 5 pages = **
"Come Into My Parlor" Kirby story pencils (Joe Simon inks) 7 pages = ***
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