Monday, August 11, 2014

X-Men #12 - Jack Kirby cover, Alex Toth art

Jack Kirby
X-Men v1 #12, 1965 - The Juggernaut, making his first appearance, smashes through the X-men's defenses in search of their mentor. Professor X shares his origin with his students with revealing the foe as his stepbrother. The Cerebro machine, used for the first time, forewarns them of the attack. Jack Kirby contributes the convoluted cover and rough layouts for the interior story. This, along with Vince Colletta's tired inks, results in an unrecognizable work by Alex Toth. Too many pages are poorly drawn and too many panels over-simplified. The artist's handiwork is barely visible in an effort that seems rushed and poorly planned. This is number 12 of 17 X-Men issues with Kirby art and/or covers (not including reprints) and number 1 of 1 X-Men issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby, Toth or X-men issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist or Toth checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) = **
"The Origin of Professor X" Toth story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 20 pages = *
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Alex Toth
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More Kirby posts:
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Kamandi #6
Captain America v1 #101 marvel comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
Captain America #101
True Love... #38

More Toth posts:
My Greatest Adv. #58
Crime and Punishment v1 #66 golden age crime comic book cover art by Alex Toth
Crime and Punish. #66
Creepy #78

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