|Playboy Jack Kirby|
Before the internet where any reference image can be brought up in seconds, back in the day, artists had to collect files of reference images from books, magazines, photos and store them in filing cabinets called -- swipe files. I'm sure Jack was no exception. Case in point; Sue Storm.
In the early to mid-sixties, Kirby always portrayed Susan Storm of the Fantastic Four as a glamorous public hero always seeking the current fashion trends. When she wasn't getting herself captured (at least in the early issues) she was out shopping for the trendiest wardrobes or the newest hairstyles. So it is no surprise that Jack Kirby would reference Sue Storm with only the glamorous of imagery (when his characters weren't exploding off the pages)
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Above on the left you will see the splash page from Fantastic Four issue 22 (late 1963) while on the right you will see an image from the artist Vargas published in Playboy (1963). Kirby's perfect swipe from Playboy to give Sue Storm that extra glamor including the kookie hat (customized by Reed Richards).
Even the King swipes from time to time.
That's not saying he couldn't draw circles around these swipe happy artists of today, he can. In fact, there is no one before or since that can blow the borders off of a comic page as Jack Kirby. So when he slips in a little swipe from time to time to give Sue Storm a bit of glamor, cut the King some slack, will'ya?
|This ain't a swipe, it's pure Kirby!|