Saturday, 11 June 2016

PART TWO OF KIRBY 'KOCK-UPS' - TWO LEFT FEET? NAH, TWO LEFT HANDS...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

JACK KIRBY, at the top of his game, was a superb artist and
storyteller, but sometimes even he made a boo-boo.  No doubt such
slip-ups transpired because of the relentless production schedule he
(and others) worked under, but some of the mistakes were so obvious
that they should've been caught well-before publication.  As you can
see, The HUMAN TORCH has two left hands, which can hardly
be regarded as any kind of a super-power.

Jack wasn't the only artist who did this sort of thing however.  I
recall once being given a lettering job for IPC's DICEMAN mag,
and a character hanging from a washing line (or cable of some sort)
had his left and right hands transposed.  I pointed it out to the 2000
A.D. crew (I was in the office at the time), and they all said "No, it's
fine - nothing wrong with it!"  I imitated the position of the guy in
the panel so they could see how the hands should look, and they
reluctantly conceded I was right.  See?  Not just a letterer, nor
only someone blessed with devastating good looks.

More Kirby 'Kock-Ups' soon!

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