December 2010

A New Creation: Forever People, Issue 6 Cover Completed

December 31, 2010
The Forever People Cover

Just 3 weeks ago, a full size copy of Jack Kirby's pencil photocopy of The Forever People, Issue 6 cover was sent to Mike Royer and the results are in. In my opinion, Mike did a great job at recreating the pencils and boldly inking the final art – an excellent addition to the site's collection of created art and a great opportunity to see what the cover to issue 6 may have looked like had Mike inked it back in late 1971 when it was originally published.

New Feature: A Gallery with Views

December 22, 2010

What if Kirby has again improved comic art browsing in the Gallery section of WiK with the addition of "views." Views allow visitors to change the way they search and enjoy Jack Kirby original art on the site by allowing them to toggle between Gallery, List and Index views.

What if Kirby reaches the 300th Kirby Comic Art Page

December 18, 2010

Today What if Kirby announces having reached the 300th Kirby comic art page, displayed in the Gallery section of the site. Since the 200th page was a Captain America cover I figured it fitting to carry on the theme and add the Captain America, issue 207 cover.

The ongoing task of WiK and the Jack Kirby's Museum's Original Art Digital Archive is to scan as many pages of Kirby art as there are available. Thanks to the many Original Art dealers and private collectors for contributing their art to this site.

Forever People, Issue 6, Cover, Photocopy

December 6, 2010

It's been over 2 years since What if Kirby has commissioned a new "Creation." Well that is about to change with a new commission by Mike Royer. This creation is of the cover to The Forever People, issue 6. Oddly enough, Mike Royer inked the cover to issue 5 but not issue 6 which was inked by Vinnie Colletta. In addition, issue 6's interior was inked by Royer, not Vinnie. So this is a great opportunity to see what the cover to issue 6 may have looked like had Mike inked the entire issue.

Got Pencils. Got inker?

December 5, 2010
Jimmy Olsen Pencils

Story goes like this. Back in 2000, I commissioned many of Jack Kirby's best inkers to do recreations or what I call "creations," since they were originally inked by other inkers than the one I had doing the creation. The first inkers commissioned were Dick Ayers and Mike Royer. Mike Royer did the most, recreating 5 or 6 pages in the first year. Dick did about 3 pages. By 2001, I started on the next batch of pages. Meticulously, I recreated the pencils over a lightbox from enlarged prints I made from Kirby's photocopied pencils, printed in the Kirby Collector.