Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Kirby Layout Goodness

This time let's look at a page from Fantastic Four #58 . . .

(Apologies for the image quality, but I'm blogging via iPad from my father's hospital room in Florida--he had a cardiac arrest Thursday night, so I've flown south to be with him and my family.)

What we've got here is a beautiful Z-pattern that naturally syncs your eyes and the flow of narrative action on the page. The eye goes from Ben to Ben in each panel (expect for the transition between panels 5 and 6 which is handled via Doom's figure as well as the natural causal link between the makeshift spear in Ben's hand and the explosion that spear causes when it hits Doom). There is also the same sort of X-pattern that I discussed in my previous post on Kirby's Thor layouts. You have a line descending from the "ZAFFT!" in panel 1 through the "RAKK!" in panel 3 to the "ZOT!" in panel 5. Crossing that line is the one descending from the Ben Grimm in panel 2 through the Ben in panel 3 to the Ben in panel 4. The diagonal line formed by the wreckage that Ben demolishes in panel 3 adds to this larger portion of the X-pattern.

There's also a lovely bit of variation in panel size and shape here as well. The top and bottom tiers of panels consist of two equally-sized squares each. These tiers serve to frame the middle panel, a single rectangle that expands left (with the eye's own motion as it shifts down and left from panel 2) to mirror Ben's violent action in panel. A nice bit of emphasis by the King here!


  1. Hi!
    First of all, good luck to your dad, hope he gets better soon - Best wishes to your family!

    Second, kudos on another great Kirby analysis - I'm on a Kirby binge, have been buying back issues of the Jack Kirby Collector, and each day I find the man's art to be more amazing. I can't believe how much of it I did not get when I was younger!


  2. Hope things go well with you father.

  3. Thanks, gents--he's doing much better.