Thursday, May 22, 2014

Avengers #2 - Jack Kirby art & cover

Jack Kirby
Avengers v1 #2, 1963 - The Space Phantom arrives, intent on slaying the Avengers and conquering Earth (what else?). The cover marks Ant-Man's transition into Giant Man, but Jack Kirby's layout seems static and ill-planned. Similarly, his opening splash lacks depth and modeling (perhaps due to Paul Reinman's inks). The rest of the story art fares better, highlighting the interactions and disputes between team members. The drawings marginally improve as the tale progresses. The Hulk would abruptly leave the series but Kirby would continue on. This is number 2 of 38 Avengers issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Dick Ayers inks) = **
"The Space Phantom" Kirby story pencils (Paul Reinman inks) 22 pages = **
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