A post from my old Marvel blog about FANTASTIC FOUR: THE LOST ADVENTURE and how a page from that job turned up after the issue had been completed and went to print.
Interrupting my sequence on Unknown Greats because I’m running behind this week–and because I’m frustrated about something.
We just this past month published FANTASTIC FOUR: THE LOST ADVENTURE, reassembling Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s final, unfinished issue of FF working from all of the pieces that existed. We thought we had everything available, and still had to call upon Ron Frenz to fill in with a page or so’s worth of art.
Well, no sooner does the book go on sale than a fan sends Jack Kirby Collector publisher the attached scan of a page he’d seen some months earlier up for auction on Ebay–the one remaining complete page that we were lacking! Aargh!
I expect that John will be able to track the buyer down and run a much better copy of the page in an upcoming issue of his magazine. But this also means that I’m never going to be able to look at the published FF:TLA quite the same way again–it’s always going to feel incomplete to me.
The one good thing this does is to give me an opportunity to plug Mark Evanier’s just-released book KIRBY: KING OF COMICS. It’s a handsome volume fat-packed with Kirby’s artwork, most of which was shot from borrowed originals, and reproduced so that you can see all of the construction lines, border notes and proofreading indications. There are some stunning pieces in there, including an absolutely exquisite page from FANTASTIC FOUR #5. And Mark’s recounting of Kirby’s life story is entertaining and informative. No matter how much you think you know about Kirby and his work, you’re guaranteed to discover something new here.
More later–including more Unknown Greats!