The information I've heard in recent years is that Kirby was supposed to have quit Marvel along with Ditko years before. But at the last second he got cold feet and decided not to leave. That thing of worrying about his family was always paramount to Jack Kirby. I could never blame him too much for staying around when he was worried about being able to keep his income stream moving.
|As Kirby was toiling away, this was the kind of story he was producing for Marvel's flagship title. Fun, effective, dynamic...but almost no more new and marketable material for the men who had already fleeced him.|