Friday, October 05, 2012

Charlie Chan by Jack Kirby

Anything drawn by Jack Kirby is great!

Above is an unpublished and unfinished Charlie Chan cover from 1949. The word balloons were clearly lettered by Mr. Kirby, but the logo is a curiosity. The first five issues of the series featured Asian-tinged cover logo lettering (issue 5's cover is shown below), but were they thinking of changing it to block letters for the sixth issue? Or was JK just horsing around with extra time on his hands? (You do see Charlie Chan's face taking form inside the first C, don't you?) Or maybe this germ of a revised logo was actually the handiwork of the great Ben Oda who had lettered the covers of issues 1 through 5?


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