• For any Jack Kirby monster fans, Monster Blog is a great site to read some old comic stories from the late 50' - early 60's. Stan Lee was probably the writer/editor on most of these stories from a time when the reissue of the classic monster films to TV had created a boom in the interest of all thing "monster." Comic book publishers are notorious for tagging along with any craze that will help their sales. My brothers and I may have been fighting with each other all day; but when Chiller Theater came on the old B/W television each Saturday night, we somehow wound up sitting closely together on the couch. These monster stories will not change your life; but, if you let them, they will entertain you.
Jack Kirby excelled at designing comic book covers. This cover is a nice example of how many of his compositions worked. The white dialogue balloon is the area of the art with the most contrast ( Kirby may or may not have indicated where the balloons would be placed) so that it is the focal point to enter the illustration. You are guided to read the art in a clockwise circular motion. Your eyes move from the top white balloon to the monster's face, to it's out thrusting hand, down the edge of the wave to the man's face. You next follow his gaze along the horizontal falling figure and to the man in the boat. The front of the boat points you back to the white dialogue balloon and begins the cycle again. As the lower man says, in the bottom right balloon, "WE"LL NEVER ESCAPE IT! NEVER!" - unless you turn the page to read the story.