Frank Fosco's picture
Posted by: Frank Fosco | January 13, 2013

Awesomely...

...Be-U-ti-full!

Not that there's anyone beautiful in this pic but it is beautifully done.

5 stars from me.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | January 19, 2013

Beauty of the Beasts

Yes, this one explodes with such a raw bestial energy, it's a beauty indeed!
Small complain: the zoomify isn't as impressively big with double pages as it is with single ones.

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Posted by: _M_ (not verified) | January 20, 2013

Hi.Question: Does anyone

Hi.

Question: Does anyone know how Kirby (or anyone else) drew these double-pagers? Meaning; I very much doubt Kirby taped together two boards and drew the page - so, was this originally one board that was later cut in half after it was inked?

I've been perplexed by this for eons. Someone please enlighten me.

Thank you.

P.S. I've already spent many hours going through every page on this site and Kirby's jaw dropping work has created a very large bruise on my lower jaw.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | January 20, 2013

On the Double

Hi M,

It will be a quick one since you just answered your own question.
The penciller, indeed, taped together two regular sized boards.

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | January 20, 2013

Re: On the Double

Actually, I think it varied. When Jack was using company-provided paper, he obviously would have had to tape two sheets together; but when he was using his own paper, it looks very much like he drew it all on one big sheet and then cut it in half for mailing from California to New York. And in fact there are a number of double-page spreads from the seventies (when Jack was mostly using company paper) that look like they were done on a different stock (probably provided by Jack himself) than the regular pages. Knowing Kirby, I'd bet that he didn't like the idea of taping two sheets together, since it was all one continuous image and should be drawn as such. The whole idea of drawing the double-pagers on two separate sheets only arose because companies started providing the paper for the artists to use -- instead of the artists supplying it themselves -- and possibly also for ease of reproduction/photographing.
Nowadays, of course, it would be even more important to have two separate sheets, since the pages have to be scanned, and it's unlikely that most companies would be able or willing to scan such a large, single sheet. But that doesn't mean the artist couldn't draw the entire spread on a single page and then cut it in half afterward. He'd just have to make sure the dimensions were correct. And come to think of it, with the technology they have now, he could probably draw it a lot smaller than the size of two regular pages stuck side-by-side, as long as the proportions (length to height ratio) were correct.

el zar's picture
Posted by: el zar | January 21, 2013

On the Double

Wow! Before everything else, thanks for accepting me here. I'm from the Philippines. I'm waiting for my order of Kirby's The Demon from a comic shop here. Looking at Demon artwork like this blows my mind.

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | January 21, 2013

Re: On the Double, Again

Welcome aboard, el zar! That Demon book is sensational, believe me -- one of Kirby's greatest series (and a personal favorite of mine). You won't be disappointed when you get it. If you're on Facebook, check out the WhatifKirby page. Our buddy Tom Kraft, who runs this site, and Rand Hoppe of the Kirby Museum website, have been scanning a ton of photocopies of Jack's original pencil pages and just posted a copy of the double-page spread from ETERNALS #3. If you examine it closely, you'll see that it wasn't drawn on Marvel paper as were most of the other pages Jack was doing at the time. It looks very much like Kirby drew it on his own paper because of the big size required for the spread -- just as I mentioned in my previous comment -- and then someone in the production department at Marvel put the RETURN OF THE GODS (the original, unused name for the series) stamp at the top to identify the pages.

el zar's picture
Posted by: el zar | January 23, 2013

On the Double

Thanks, John S! Am currently reading KAMANDI Volume 1. Can't wait to get The Demon HC. Will be sure to check out whatif FB. The scans are amazing! Glad to be here.

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