Thursday, April 17, 2014

X-Men #1 - Jack Kirby art & cover

X-men v1 #1 1963 marvel comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
X-Men v1 #1, 1963 - This seminal issue introduces Marvel's most popular super-hero team today. Professor X, Cyclops, Angel, Iceman, Marvel Girl and the Beast all make their first appearances. Their baptism of fire occurs when Magneto (also introduced here) takes over a US military base by force. Jack Kirby's cover fits the characters into a neatly organized layout. His minimal background also puts more emphasis on the figures. Despite its iconic status, the drawing is dampened by the mediocre inking job. The story art fares better, particularly the first half of the book, where the mutants' personalities and abilities come to the fore. Some of the highlights include: the Angel and Beast's elaborate (pre-Danger Room) tests on pages 3-4 and the X-men's civilian identities revealed on page 8 panel 5. Kirby's visualizations of the team would evolve, but his initial efforts remain impressive and memorable. This is number 1 of 17 X-Men issues with Kirby art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Kirby cover pencils (Sol Brodsky inks) = ***
"The X-Men" Kirby story pencils (Paul Reinman inks) 23 pages = ***

X-men v1 #1 1963 marvel comic book page art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
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