Jack Kirby

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H R Giger's Art




Kirby-Giger Timeline 

1957  
Jack Kirby drew "The Great Stone Face" starting off the ancient astronaut theory for Black Cat Mystic comic

1958
Jack Kirby drew "The Face on Mars" for "Race for the Moon" comic, that appears almost like a sequel to the oddity of his "The Great Stone Face"

1965
Jack Kirby began to draw Dragon Man for in #35 of the Fantastic Four comic book series.

1970.
Jack Kirby starts Dream Machine which he would finish in 1975

1971.
Giger draws work 147
Jack Kirby draws the Deep Six's Leviathan for the December's #6 of The New Gods

1972
The Demon, Vol 1, no.3 is published featuring the Master Eye, an ancient idol 

1973
April.  The Demon, Vol 2, no.8,  is published featuring the Jason Blood's artifact collection illustration.

1974
Giger paints The Spell II referencing the Jason Blood's artifact collection from "The Demon" #8, April 1973

1975
Giger paints Passage Temple referencing the Jason Blood's artifact collection from "The Demon" #8, April 1973

1976.
Giger paints Necronom IV and IX

The Eternals comic book series is released:
  • July, # 1 features the giant in space vehicle statue for The Eternals
  • August, # 2 features the giant Celestial's space ship
  • November, #5 features the scene where a humanoid's hand is turned into a gnarled wooden stump 
1977 
The Eternals comic book series continues: 
  • January, #7 features a Celestial travelling around on a hover sledge and a row of Celestials in The Eternals similar to Giger's wheelchair babies
  • March , #9 features the flying serpent that references Giger's work 147
  • July #13 features the Lemurian train bomb that references Giger's Necronom IX and work 147 and Dali's "Daddy Longlegs of the Evening - Hope!"
  • October, # 16 features the fire engine scene.
  • November, #17 features the fight with the character Dromedan in the story Sersi The Terrible.
Giger paints The Spell IV appearing to reference the illustration of the "Master Eye" idol from The Demon, Vol 1, no.3

1978
From February until October Giger works on Alien, using Kirby's flying serpent drawing as reference for The Derelict, and perhaps Celestial giants seated in vehicles as reference such as the giant statue in #1 and also the celestial on the hover sledge in #7 for the alien pilot known as The Space Jockey in Alien

July, Devil Dinosaur #4 is featuring Jack Kirby's sky demon that references Giger's Passage Temple Entrance.

Later in the year Giger paints Alien Monster IV referencing The Lemurian Train Bomb and the humanoid with the hand turned into a gnarled wooden stump

1979
Giger paints the giant Ugly spaceship inspired by the Celestials spaceship from #2 of The Eternals.

1980.
Giger starts the painting Anima Mia which he finishes in 1982, which references Kirby's Dream Machine.
Giger paints Biomechanic Mia (Egyptian Style) which references Kirby's Lemurian Train Bomb illustration

1984
Giger starts painting biomechanic landscape I (work 583) which references the fire
engine picture from The Eternals



Pages dealing with comparisons



1) Jack Kirby's comic book story "The Great Stone Face" (1957)


Face on Mars

2) The Face on Mars,  "Race for the moon" #2, 1958

Saucer Man: (Race for the Moon #3, 1958)
3)  "Saucer Jockey" in "Saucer Man" in "Race for the Moon" #3, 1958,

The Master Eye from "The Demon" #3, November 1972

4) Jack Kirby's The Living Totem (1961) as reference for the  Giger's Alien suit?
http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1979/11/alien-jack-kirbys-living-totem-as.html


5) Giger's The Spell IV references The Master Eye from "The Demon" #3, November 1972 ?


 Jason Blood's artifact collection from
"The Demon" #8, April 1973

6) Details in "The Demon" #8 by Jack Kirby and Giger's Passage Temple ?

7) Details in "The Demon" #8 by Jack Kirby and Giger's The Spell II ?

http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1976/07/jack-kirbys-pakal-votan-inspired-space.html
Statue of Celestial in Space Vehicle from The Eternals # 1, July, 1976
8) Jack Kirby's Pakal Votan inspired space vehicle with the giant pilot statue references Giger's Necronom I & III?


Celestial on hover sledge from The Eternals #7,  Jan 1977

9) Space Jockey references Celestial on hover sledge in The Eternals #7 ?


http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1981/02/anima-mia-198081-giger-reinterprets.html
Dream Machine

10) Jack Kirby's Dream Machine referenced in Giger's Anima Mia ?

Flying serpent with holes
11) Jack Kirby's flying serpent with holes from Eternals #9 references Giger's work 147 ?

12) Serpent from #9 of Jack Kirby's Eternals is referenced for the later stages of the derelict design ? 


Rows of Celestials
13) Jack Kirby references Giger's Landscape XXIX (1974) (work 249) in The Eternals #7, January 1977 ?
http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1984/07/gigers-biomechanic-landscape-i-1984.html
Fire Engine Landscape

14) Fire engine scene from The Eternals #16 referenced in Biomechanic Landscape I (work 583)?


Lemurian Train Bomb
15) Jack Kirby's Lemurian train bomb: How Jack Kirby could well have referenced Giger's paintings causing Giger to reference this illustration for later works, and how to takes a place in an evolution of ideas by various artists stating thousands of years ago.




Humanoid with twisted stump of wood hand
16) Alien Monster IV references twisted stump of wood hand image from Jack Kirby's The Eternals?

Celestial's Spaceship
17) Giger's painting Ugly (1979) references the giant spaceship from The Eternals #2 (August 1976)?


Sky Demon from Devil Dinosaur
18) Drawing of sky demon for Devil Dinosaur #4 (1978) references details from Giger's Passage Temple Entrance (1975)?


http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1978/07/alien-monster-iv-as-jack-kirbys-dragon.html
Dragon Man from Fantastic Four

19) Alien Monster IV references Dragon Man from Fantastic Four comic book series?


 http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1978/08/necronom-iii-references-leviathan-from.html
The Leviathan from The New Gods #, December 1976
20) Giger's Necronom III references Kirby's The Deep Six's Leviathan from The New Gods ?


Head of Dromedan from The Eternals vol 2
21) Engineer imagery in Prometheus references Dromedan from Jack Kirby's The Eternals vol 2?

http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1978/10/alien-space-jockey-design-references.html
Anti-Shock sat from S.H.I.E.L.D
22) Space Jockey design references anti-shock seat from Jack Kirby illustration for S.H.I.E.L.D.?




http://secretsun.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Jack%20Kirby

23) Visit Chris Knowles' blog secretsun.blogspot.co.uk for more exploration of Jack Kirby's work 
and listen to a radio interview with Knowles discussing Kirby's work at www.theothersideofmidnight.com

1 comment:

  1. Sunday 10th July 2016
    Updated the Jack Kirby index page adding numerous additions relating to Jack Kirby, Giger and Alien, including the story he drew about an alien Saucer Jockey recovered from a flying saucer, which is interesting in terms of the use of the term Jockey and we have a giant alien body. I've also included a drawing from The Demon series, the Master Eye, elements of which have crept into Giger's The Spell IV, which is possible because another drawing later in the series appeared to have inspired elements of Passage Temple and The Spell II, and so I've been focusing on the Giger/Kirby interactions and trying to establish a timeline on the page.

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