Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Kirby Conan Redux

A while back I put up the cover to an old Marvel Comics Calendar drawn by my hero, Jack Kirby. The cover had one of the few examples of Kirby drawing Conan the Barbarian. However that cover had been inked by John Romita, whose inking style somewhat changed the look of Kirby's characters. This was standard practice back in the day. Romita draws some of the most handsome men and most gorgeous women you've ever seen in comics, so he often was brought in to add some polish to a finished cover for Marvel. However, those of us who love Kirby want to see as much of Jack's pure penciling power as is practically possible, so imagine how happy I was to come across the pencil version of the cover. It might not be as technically 'pretty' as the inked version, but it's got the power and energy that only Jack Kirby could bring to a drawing and it's an example of pure Kirby Conan. Be sure and click on it to see it full size.

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