Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Clowes inks Ditko and Kirby

Every once and a while, here at danielclowes.com HQ, we'll pull out unusual artifacts that were uncovered while rummaging through the artist's archives (often to the discomfort of Mr. Clowes) to share with all. Today's is a double post in honor of our 300th tweet (and coincidentally the 100th blog post) and the first item for our "Oddities" page:

Here are two pencil drawings from Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, inked by a young Daniel Clowes. The first was done for the artist's own amusement during his formative years as a cartoonist, when he got a hold of a photocopy of a page of Steve Ditko pencils through a friend [1985]. The second was done for a Jack Kirby tribute 'pin-up' anthology where he was supplied a pencil sketch of "Vollstag," a character from the comic Thor, and asked to ink it [1994].

(Thanks to Eric Reynolds for this photo of the Kirby/Clowes 'Volstagg' drawing that's on his home office wall!)