Quote:Pictures like that really make me question Kirby's talent. Maybe he was having some weird hand cramp or something.
I think Kirby's great for that era (not in that issue per se). I guess I don't think it's fair to judge him in a modern context and compare him to modern artists.
But he was no Gene Colan IMO.
Quote:TBH, I question whether it was truly Kirby at all an not some uncredited ghost artist.
I think it's possible that there was a ghost artist at work. Marvel was a very small operation. There was also Stan's brother Larry Lieber who may have ghosted some work, or any number of the inkers. Kirby was often doing breakdowns for numerous titles from Stan's direction, which can be very sketchy and leaves the details for others to fill in.
I think you can see a big difference once Kirby only has the Fantastic Four and Thor for his regular titles. The FF was inked by Sinnott exclusively by then and Vince Colletta, who many purists despise, was on Thor. But Kirby's talent still shines through in either case. I think the main difference I notice is that the women inked by Colletta are less harsh looking than they are with Sinnott. If you've ever seen an uninked face of Sue done by Kirby, I think the Kirby face is better. I think the faces in general, both male and female, is how you can tell Sinnott from Colletta. That and the fact that Colletta was known to remove things from the panel for the sake of expediency! Sinnott once said it took him two hours just to ink the gun that Doom is holding in one famous FF splash page.