|Image copyright MARVEL COMICS|
Saturday, 11 June 2016
PART TWO OF KIRBY 'KOCK-UPS' - TWO LEFT FEET? NAH, TWO LEFT HANDS...
JACK KIRBY, at the top of his game, was a superb artist and storyteller, but sometimes even he made a boo-boo. No doubt such slip-ups transpired because of the relentless production schedule he (and others) worked under, but some of the mistakes were so obvious that they should've been caught and corrected well-before publication. As you can see in the above cover, The HUMAN TORCH has two left hands, which can hardly be regarded as any kind of a super-power.
Jack wasn't the only artist who did this sort of thing however. I recall once being given a lettering job for IPC's DICEMAN mag, and a character hanging from a washing line (or cable of some sort) had his left and right hands transposed. I pointed it out to the 2000 A.D. crew (I was in the office at the time), and they all said "No, it's fine - nothing wrong with it!" I imitated the position of the guy in the panel so they could see how the hands should look, and they reluctantly conceded I was right. See? Not just a letterer, nor only someone blessed with devastating good looks.
More Kirby 'Kock-Ups' soon!
Posted by Kid at Saturday, June 11, 2016