Sunday, September 01, 2013

Happy Birthday, Big Guy!

Yes, I do know it was the past week, but I wanted to wait until the end of the week to wish birthday greetings to one of the biggest names in comics. That's right...

Happy Birthday, Herbie!



Panels from Walt Disney's The Love Bug one-shot (June 1969), pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle



I'm guessing that Herbie being colored yellow is just a comic book technique to prevent (like the originally proposed white costume for Jean grey's Phoenix) the images from the -page's other side from bleeding through. But no such problem for the 2005 comic story featuring Herbie and America's Sweetheart and Most Beloved Actress Ever:


Cover and panels from Disney Adventures Comic Zone #4 (Summer 2005); script, pencils, and inks by Art Baltazar, letters by Michael Stewart

What's that? Huh? It's Happy birthday Kirby?

...

I have made another one of my silly mistakes.

In reparation and to homage Jack "The King" Kirby on his ninety-sixth birthday, here's ten, count 'em, ten full-page Kirby panels!


Full-page panel from Thor #167 (August 1969), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Artie Simek



Full-page panel from 1st Issue Special #5 [Manhunter] (August 1975), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks and letters by D. Bruce Berry



Full-page panel from Thor #164 (May 1969), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Sam Rosen



Full-page panel from 1st Issue Special #6 [Dingbats of Danger Street] (September 1975), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks and letters by Mike Royer



Full-page panel from The Demon (1972 series) #1 (August-September 1972), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks and letters by Mike Royer



Full-page panel from Thor #154 (July 1968), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Artie Simek



Full-page panel from The Demon (1972 series) #1 (August-September 1972), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks and letters by Mike Royer



Full-page panel from Thor #160 (January 1969), , script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Sam Rosen



Full-page panel from Thor #165 (June 1969), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Artie Simek



Full-page panel from Super Powers (1984 series) #5 (November 1984); co-plot and script by Joey Cavalieri, co-plot and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Greg Theakston, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Ben Oda


Whew! I'm glad I got that straightened out. Happy Birthday, Jack Kirby!

3 comments:

Chance said...

I did not know there was a time that Darkseid was basically a grey-colored version of "thug #1" from a terrible 1950s boxing picture and said things like "you bet your bloodied carcass, I'm ready."

It kind of takes the cosmic menace out of him, a bit.

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

Herbie the Love Bug, that's a name I haven't heard in a long time. Thanks for the nostalgia trip on both ends of the comics spectrum.

Blam said...

Wow. David Byrne has really let himself go.