Jack Kirby and The Art Of Theft
For years I've been covering the very sensitive and thorny issue of the theft of Jack Kirby's artwork on my blog. I say sensitive and thorny because when the issue is brought up, quite a few collectors and dealers will do their best to shut it down.
Table One: The difference between Kirby's credited pages, the pages in Vartanoff inventory and the pages returned to Kirby as per 1985 inventory. That accounts for 1,000 pages that Kirby drew that went missing. 227 went missing before Vartanoff did her inventory and an additional 773 pages went missing from the Vartanoff inventory to the 1985 inventory. As entire issues went missing, it can be presumed that it was stolen and not merely returned to the inkers.