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All comic book fans should have the day off in observance of the Kings birthday.
I wish that I had possessed more of an appreciation for Kirby's work before he passed away. Today he is one of my favorites ... he truly he deserved the title of "King".

Anyone know if Defenders #42's cover is by Kirby? There seems to be some doubt.

There's an image of what the pencil art looked like here. The caption attributes the pencils to Kirby. I notice he drew Valkyrie wearing her second costume; the final cover has her back in her original one.

Thank you. I knew someone here would know.

Luke Blanchard said:

There's an image of what the pencil art looked like here. The caption attributes the pencils to Kirby. I notice he drew Valkyrie wearing her second costume; the final cover has her back in her original one.

I can't claim to have known; I found the image by accident looking for an image of Keith Giffen's Defenders art to compare the cover with. (My recollection is Giffen's Kirby-style art on Defenders had a more mannered look, but it's a long time since I read any of the issues.)

 

I thought the Hulk's face might have been altered by John Romita, as on The Eternals #15. The GCD credits him with alterations, and the Hulk's face did look different in the initial pencils. (My assumption is the pencils image is of a photocopy of the pencils, rather than of the original pencilled page. Presumably that was altered and inked.)

I think Giffen's 'Kirby' art looks like Barry Smith's early attempts, and as you say 'mannered'. For me it looks rather stiff and forced. However I was puzzled by that Defenders cover, which isn't helped by the inking.

I think you may be right about that Eternals cover as well.

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