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Sunday, 19 June 2016
JUSTICE INC. COVER GALLERY (UPDATED)...
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Here's a puzzler. I've always thought that I left school in
December 1974, yet I have a clear 'memory' of looking at #2
of DC's JUSTICE Inc. in English class one day, in the annexe
huts at the back of my school's 'Old Block'. Problem is, this title
didn't come out until '75, so I wonder if I might actually have gone
back to school after the Christmas holidays for a few months. It's
probably just a false memory, arising from the fact that I drew
The AVENGER's face on the inside cover of a paperback
edition of Alistair MacClean's FEAR IS THE KEY.
You see, Iread some of the novel in the same classroom,
and seem to remember drawing the face at the same time -
which I couldn't have done if the comic didn't come out 'til '75.
So I must've done the drawing after leaving school, but because
I link the book with the classroom, my memory naturally makes
the same connection as regards the drawing. And, as the drawing
is of The Avenger, I likewise mis-associate the later comic with
that earlier time. The mind tends to play tricks with the
memory in that way on occasion, don't you find?
However, you're not interested in any of that p*sh! No,
you're only here for the covers, so gracious as ever, I'll shut
up and let you get on with looking at them. Two KUBERTs
and two KIRBYs - I sure do spoil you and no mistake!
You know, I have to be honest here and say that Jack
Kirby's art in issues 2-4 isn't that great. It looks rushed and
even more 'cartoony' than normal for this period of his career,
as if he wasn't much interested in the character and was merely
knocking out the pages to fill his monthly quota. Of course, it's
always possible that he was filling in for another artist at the
last moment and had to turn them 'round faster than usual,
but they're very far from being his finest moment.