Jack Kirby's 1975 Marvel Contract
When Kirby returned to Marvel Lee was quick to turn the current issue of the company's fanzine, F.O.O.M, over to the event, featuring an interview with Kirby about his return, along with editorials and features. What was disturbing about the issue of F.O.O.M is the lack of Kirby art - most of the art featured was done by up and coming Marvel artists, Bob Budiansky, Marie Severin, Duffy Vohland and John Byrne, along with artists such as Don Maitz and Charley Parker. What must have galled Kirby, if not at the time, but certainly later, was the cover, by John 'Jack' Byrne, in Kirby's own style. Byrne would soon explode as an artist and would make his name on the Fantastic Four and would probably make more money on his run that Kirby ever did, all the time Kirby didn't receive a cent. I've often wondered why Marvel didn't ask Kirby to produce a cover, as opposed to having Byrne draw Kirby, but that question will have to remain.