Friday, July 26, 2013

Thor #161 - Jack Kirby art & cover

Thor v1 #161 marvel 1960s silver age comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
Thor v1 #161, 1969 - Caught between two powerful entities, Thor becomes an observer to a potentially cataclysmic event. In this exceptional effort, Jack Kirby draws the battle between Ego and Galactus with appropriate scale and grandeur. A double page spread depicts Thor and the android Recorder drifting aimlessly in space against a black-and-white photo montage. The effect neither adds nor detracts from the whole, especially Kirby's four outstanding splash pages. Page 5's planetary scale and page 10's spaceship under siege are two of the most breathtaking. Along with with splendid cover, Kirby delivers one of his finest Thor issues to date. This is number 36 of 61 Thor issues with Kirby art and/or covers
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Kirby cover pencils (Vince Colletta inks) = ***
"Shall a God Prevail?"
Kirby story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 20 pages = ****
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Thor v1 #161 marvel 1960s silver age comic book page art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
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  1. Beautiful cover. Vince Colletta inked that? Actually, what you wrote was pretty complimentary compared to your usual. Not to beat it into the ground but Colletta was an illustrative inker, one of the few, actually, while Ayers, Sinnott, Everett, Royer, etc. were graphic inkers. Hey, you are the one writing an inkers blog-you should know all of this stuff!

  2. The difference between a graphic vs. illustrative approach has less consideration in my reviews. I try to weigh the total effect of the penciler/inker collaboration. I don't claim to know everything about this industry or its history, so any additional info is appreciated. I would probably attribute the cover inks to Colletta, given the details on the figure of Thor. I do agree it is one of the more memorable Kirby Thor covers.