Alarming Tales, Issue 3, 1st Story, Page 3


Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | August 27, 2011


Joe Simon mentioned that Kirby's lines were heavier than his so I credited Kirby as inker. Also credits Kirby in There are other lighter outline lines that may have been first laid down then the same or another inker added blacks. Frank, Krackles, John S. others? What are your thoughts?

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | August 27, 2011

Inking of a king

All Kirby's for me.
Kirby's style is looser, he had less brush control than Simon's and inked more with instinct. You can tell inking wasn't his cup of tea but still, it's a solid job, quite effective.
Damn, now John S is going to yell at me!

Frank Fosco's picture
Posted by: Frank Fosco | August 27, 2011


Why I may agree that this page is inked by Jack, I'm not so sure about the credits that say Joe inked the other three pages of this series (Alarming Tales) in this gallery with the exception of perhaps issue 2 page 1, "The Fireballs!"

Issue 2, page 5 and issue 3, page 5 are in question to me.

BTW--issue 3 page 5 says page 3.

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | August 27, 2011

Inking of a King, by a King

No yelling from me on this one. I agree with you that this is Kirby inking from start to finish: all the figures outlined in pen and the blacks laid in with a brush. Jack's technique was simple and quick -- and quite recognizable here, in my opinion.

Anonymous's picture
Posted by: Anonymous (not verified) | August 30, 2011

the inking looks alot like

the inking looks alot like mort meskins style.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | August 30, 2011

The Shadow Knows!

Man, I admire your guts… Now, you need to deal with the One Who Lurks in Shadows!


John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | August 30, 2011

Re: The Shadow Knows!

I'm not really all that familiar with Mort Meskin's inking style, so I couldn't say with any authority whether he did or did not ink this page. The face on the big figure in the lower right looks sort of Meskinish, so maybe, maybe not. We'd need to hear from some people more familiar with the S&K inkers in general, and Meskin in particular, before making a definitive judgement.

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