The story "The Monstrous Mystery of The Nega Man" is awful stuff. Reading it, you have almost no idea at all what Kirby was trying to do or say, because the yarn was mangled beyond all hope of any logic by Stan Lee. The introductory pages by Kirby seem to be missing. I'm betting that they were present but that they were replaced with new pages by John Buscema and (according to the credits listing) John Romita. Changes, of course, made at Lee's demands.
What was delivered in this last Kirby issue is a total mess. Dialogue paired with images in such a way that there is no logic at all. Not even within the often inconsistent world of superhero kids' comics! The juggernaut of commercialism built by Jack Kirby was barreling ahead and could not be stopped on the sales front--not even by an evil and incompetent editor and a host of misguided comic artists working in the wake of a talent they could never hope to match.
|My copy of FANTASTIC FOUR #108. Added for the simple reason that I want to have all of Kirby's work on his creation. Cover apparently by John Buscema.|
|An opening page by John Buscema that had to be added due to changes in the plot and direction of the title since Kirby's absence. And creating a story from Kirby's work that makes no sense whatsoever.|
|"Last-minute revisions, deletions, and addenda..." Right.|
|The finished Kirby pages are classic stuff. Action as only Kirby could perform it. But dialogue that makes almost no sense and situations that are incompetently rendered by the editor.|
|Interspersed among the Kirby pages are completely new art and layouts by Buscema.|