Let's Go Buy Some Comic Book Art - Jack Kirby Or Warren Ellis?
So below there's this complete sixteen page Jack Kirby story from Thor #134 story for sale. With Thor, Galactus and the first appearance of the High Evolutionary. Currently at $135,000 after 65 bids.
Or, if that's a litle outside your price range, there's the full 22 production pages of an unpublished Warren EllisGhost Rider 2099 story drawn by Salgood Sam on eBay for under a grand. And he's using the money to fund a new comic book project...
Why is it that every time I see beautiful Kirby art it immediately makes me think Marvel half-asses their reproductions of Kirby's comics? I kid, I'm sure it's just that they're working from 40 year old photostats/plates of the art but with Marvel's bankroll, I'd think they could afford to rent the pages from whomever owns the art to scan. If Dave Sim can do it for Cerebus then surely Marvel could for Kirby's books?
*EDIT* Alternatively, if IDW could do it, even better. An artist edition of Kirby's Thor comics? Or FF? Eternals? Or 2001 (actually, that'd be the first on my list...the treasury edition, not the series that followed)...do it IDW!
Why is it that every time I see beautiful Kirby art it immediately makes me think Marvel half-asses their reproductions of Kirby's comics?
...It's not the repros, it's the half-assed finishes that Vince Colletta spooged all over Kirby's stunningly detailed pencils. John Morrow has gone over this one numerous times in The Jack Kirby Collector, and I still wish he'd finally produce a special issue where we're given the next-best thing to Colletta's head on a pike: 96 pages of text and side-by-side comparisons showing how Colletta's inking practically ruined many a Kirby page, especially where the lazy bastard eliminated details that were necessary as they explained where certain persons and objects came from besides from "off panel".
...IIRC, Colletta was the only inker Kirby ever requested not be assigned to his pages, and anyone who's seen the comparison before and after won't begrudge The King for making this request. Colletta may have been fast, he may have been able to beat deadlines, and he may have even made poor artists look good. But where Jack Kirby's art was concerned the only way it could have been worse is if a blind man had been given an industrial-sized Sharpie and told to finish the page via the braille method using his feet to hold the Sharpie.
...Nightmare art assignment from Hell: Ol' Scratchy on pencils, Colletta on inks.