Theakston's near the bottom of the Kirby Inkers list for me. He did more revisions and redrawing than anyone this side of Colletta. I put together some comparisons here:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/psko3e87t13pm60/AABU_2NYQ9PmqXLismnrmfVua?dl=0
Colletta and Shores dominate the bottom for me, but when it comes to talk'n inkers, I think it's very apropo to use the old saying, "diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks"
I tend to agree with Derek. I'll always be grateful for Theakston's reprint volumes of Ditko and Lou Fine, but when you see how Royer approached the pages on this same story before it was torn apart and reconfigured, well, some of us regret the loss. Not to mention Kirby being forced to make unwanted changes on a short deadline. He was a giant bedeviled by fleas.
Russ, you just made me sit up and go, "wha? Royer inked some Hunger Dogs?" This is new news to me, and I would love to know how to see this! I think everyone would agree that Royer was the best Kirby inker
There was an article in the Jack Kirby Collector #46 that told most of the story and printed the Royer pages in miniature. And I sorta forgot that DC did a restoration job on the art in the Fourth World Omnibus Volume 4. keeping the actual story in the revised version that was ultimately used, but inserting the Royer and Berry pages where appropriate. It looks a lot better to me, anyway. Because of the changes made to create a graphic novel (It was originally to be #12 added in the last issue of the Baxter reprint series) there are still sequences inked by Theakston.Still, what a fiasco compared to what could've been.
Yeah, what coulda been--saddest phrase in my world, and usable with all the artists we dig, but none more so than Kirby....anyway, thanks for the info on Royer inked Hunger Dogs
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Thank yuh...thank yuh very much!~ I appreciate all y'all helping me get to see a new Kirby wonder