This time out is Thor. Again, the pencil drawing came my way years back in the form of a photocopy, and I believe the original source was a sketchbook Jack did for his wife Roz, which ultimately saw print as a book entitled Jack Kirby’s Heroes and Villains. It was yet another Kirby drawing that caught my eye, and looked like it would be fun to try inking. Freshly colored for showing here.
When I first got to a point where I had sufficient funds to begin attempting to collect more back issues of Kirby’s Marvel work, I tended to not seek out Journey into Mystery (where Thor first appeared) or Thor issues. I just didn’t like the inks as much as I did the inks over Kirby on his other strips. However, as I read more about Kirby’s work (and especially his Thor work), I realized that I was missing out.
Kirby’s Thor work is significant, because in it you see not only a brilliant comics artist and storyteller doing a great job. You also see something of Kirby the man, and his interests. Just as in Fantastic Four you can see Kirby’s fascination with the unknown, what’s out there, in Thor you see Kirby’s fascination with myth and legend (a touchstone throughout his career). I feel that while all of Kirby’s Marvel work is great, both Fantastic Four and Thor are the two main tent posts of his work during that period which can’t be disregarded.
I tried in coloring this to evoke the kind of color palette you see in those old Thor comics. It was fun!
Happy Kirby 100! One more to go, if I can manage it.