Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The King's Black Light!







These black light rendering of classic Jack "King" Kirby images are weirdly lovely. They make you look afresh at the the pictures you've stared at all your life. The Silver Surfer was inked by Joe Sinnott and the Infinity Man and Beautiful Dreamer pages by Vinnie Colletta.

UPDATE: For more on the history of the two Fourth World images check out this link.

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  1. The two Forever People pieces are recent re-dos, and aren't actual fluorescent-ink prints.
    The Surfer piece was both a 1970s poster and greeting card from Third Eye Posters who specialized in black-light graphics.
    THey did an entire line of wild posters including one of the cover of Captain Marvel #1 by Gene Colan with Mar-Vell a lovely combo of Magenta (pink) and Cyan (turquoise) instead of green and white!

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    1. Thanks for the infor Britt. I wish I had a bunch of these. They are rather cool.

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  2. I think the fluorescent effect on the Silver Surfer one gives the image more depth. You can see the vastness of the space better and the celestial objects look more 3 dimensional like they are coming out of the image.

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    1. I'd agree with you. The Surfer if anything seems more animated.

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  3. The Infinity Man and Beautiful Dreamer Versus Darkseid pieces are by Lanny Lathem, as noted here:

    http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/kirby-vision/2010/09/15/black-light/

    That Kirby Museum post includes links to Lanny's deviantART page as well as a tremendous Flickr gallery of the original Third Eye posters from 1971. I owned the one of the Surfer transforming Quasimodo and that's still my favorite, but I love them all!

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    1. Thanks for the link. I plucked these out of the wilderness of the internet, but it's great to see some context for them, and proper attribution.

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