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Okay, so this wasn't exactly Jack's most successful cover. The figures he drew for it were nice, though. Makes me wonder, again, why he didn't just draw the whole thing. It would have been a lot more effective than this.
Really bazaar to have that half face peering in the hole to the right only to have it blocked off by Serafin. Really don't understand what I'm looking at--is that white paint scrapped across a magazine page? It's not really a collage piece like Jack's other collages where he has pieces cut out to make a composition--it's just a single image. Color me perplexed.
This is an acid trip worthy of Steve Ditko!
... Jack was working on some project around the house, doing some varnishing or staining some furniture and he was using old magazines under the project he was working on when this caught his attention--this piece of magazine page that was catching the mess, setting paint cans and brushes on. "Hmmm, that's interesting, I think I can do something with that". Roz replies, "Oh Jack, don't be silly." "No, hon, seriously--I'm gonna use this for one'a my comic pages." "Jack, you put that in the garbage this instant."
And the rest is history.
… an homage.
All of you guys got it wrong.
This piece shows how far ahead artistically Kirby was, he had already anticipated by 2 decades the coming of illustratives techniques in comics.
That's how, Kirby's spirit became the real inspiration behing Bill Sienkiewicz's art.
I would love to see what jack would have done with today's technology in coloring and printing. Look at artists like Brendan McCarthy who created a style and ideas from the extremes of Kirby and Ditko.