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Saturday, 10 May 2014
THE TITANICALLY TALENTED TEAM-UP OF KIRBY & AYERS...
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you - NAMOR really is
wearing red trunks in the above page from The FANTASTIC
FOUR #6. That's the colour he wore when he was revived in FF #4
back in the early '60s. He'd obviously turned them in for a green pair
by the time #9 was published, and (until recent softcover MASTER-
WORKS and OMNIBUS editions) most subsequent reprintings
of his first two appearances recoloured his trunks green.
However, that's not what this post is about. I wanted to show
just how good an inker the recently deceased DICK AYERS was
by showcasing a couple of pages of JACK KIRBY art he'd worked
on. Originally, JOE SINNOTT had started to ink FF #6, but for
some reason couldn't continue after a few panels and the job was
passed to Dick ('though the Sinnott panels were left in).
Anyway, look at panel 5 in the above page - it looks as good as
a WALLY WOOD inked panel, which means that it's very good
indeed. Kirby was firing on all cylinders at this time in his career,
and Dick was right alongside him. Brilliant page - I love it.
The page below comes from The AVENGERS #8, a story I
first read when it was reprinted in a British weekly periodical called
TERRIFIC back in 1967. Aside from the memories it conjures up
of my childhood, it's as fine an example of '60s storytelling and
comicbook artistry that you're ever likely to see.
Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers - not only a class act, but a
difficult one to follow, I'm sure you'll agree!
Posted by Kid at Saturday, May 10, 2014