Yesterday was Jack Kirby's birthday, which we celebrated here and on Giant-Size Geek. I've still got a Kirby hangover, but luckily, this is not the kind of hangover that hurts. There is a Silver Surfer cover by Kirby which is my favorite cover of all time featuring Norrin Radd: Fantastic Four #72 from 1967.
I think it's the greatest pose for the Surfer, gliding along the spaceways and blasting out bolts of cosmic energy. The Fantastic Four aren't around to distract the viewer, even though it's their name on the masthead! The Kirby Krackle cosmos in the background is just nifty and the red color just makes the Silver Surfer pop out in the foreground. The Watcher is there in the background, so you just know that the Surfer is doing something vitally important for the universe.
This cover should have been a poster. Asgard Press, are you listening? :-)
The mind-blowing images of the Surfer didn't stop with just the cover--oh no, this interior pages had plenty of them. Including this aerial view of the Silver Surfer flying above New York City. It's a dynamic introduction to the Surfer's role in this story. Notice how Kirby put a lake in the middle of the background, to allow the Surfer's body to be less obscured.
Philippe Queveau owns the original art to this piece. I really like to Marvel (sorry for the pun) at the details of the cityscape below. George Perez must have gotten inspired to do detailed backgrounds by pages like this one. Joe Sinnott was the perfect inker for Kirby and this book, magic that was captured in the 1960s, never to be reproduced again. Nuff Said!