Thursday, July 4, 2013

Classics Illustrated v2 #35 / The Last Days of Pompeii - Jack Kirby art


Classics Illustrated v2 #35 / The Last Days of Pompeii, 1961 - Jack Kirby delivers an unexpectedly lengthy book adaptation. Like most Classic Illustrated issues, the artwork is simple and straightforward, tempered to fit the educational tone of the series. Needless to say, Kirby's drawings are tame compared to his work in other genres. Still, he manages to do a better job than most, controlling the pace and tone of the story. Some panels are more minimal than others, perhaps due to the spare inking style of Dick Ayers. Despite the publisher's rigid format, it's fascinating to see Kirby's work in a different context. This is number 1 of 1 Classics Illustrated issues issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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Kirby story pencils (Dick Ayers inks) 45 pages = ***
Inset portrait of author Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Kirby pencils (Dick Ayers inks) 1 page = ***


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