See Jack Kirby Draw Ghost Rider (And Other 1970s Marvel Comics Superheroes)

In I Can’t Cover What I Am, I spotlight a collection of comic book covers (of at least ten covers) that follow a specific theme.

Today, we look at some comic book covers that Jack Kirby drew during his 1976 return to Marvel that allowed the King to draw some Marvel characters that had debuted after he left Marvel in 1970.

As I noted in a recent piece about whether Jack Kirby ever drew Wolverine (or any other members of the All-New, All-Different X-Men), the key is that Kirby, when he returned to Marvel in 1976, stuck to his own stories in the titles that he wrote and drew. In other words, he drew Captain America and the Falcon and Black Panther but he didn’t have other Marvel superheroes guest-star. A Hulk robot showed up in Eternals, but that was it.

However, Kirby DID draw a bunch of covers for Marvel during the era, so that would be how Kirby would get a chance to draw some notable characters that debuted after he left Marvel in 1970. So if you ever wanted to see Kirby draw some surprising superheroes, here ya go!

Kirby did a three-issue arc as the cover artist on Ghost Rider…

He drew one cover of Black Goliath…

He did a few Defenders covers, but the interesting ones to me where Defenders #44, which showed Luke Cage…

and the next issue showed Cage and Hellcat…

Marvel Chillers #7 saw Kirby drawing Tigra…

Kirby did a stint on Marvel Two-In-One, reuniting him with his famous creation, the Thing. Some of the team-ups were normal ones, but in Marvel Two-in-One, it was Thing teamed up with the then-fairly new martial arts superhero, Iron Fist…

and then the futuristic cyborg, Deathlok…

Finally, Kirby did three covers for Nova, as well, but I just went with the first one, featuring Nova vs. Thor…

Great stuff and I love seeing Kirby draw some characters you’d never normally expect to see him draw!

That’s it for this installment of I Can’t Cover What I Am! If you have a suggestion for a cover theme you’d like to see, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

In their feature spotlighting comic book covers, CSBG showcases some of the surprising Marvel superheroes Jack Kirby did covers for in 1976-78.

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