Friday, October 9, 2009

Just a reminder.

Jack Kirby is King.

4 comments:

  1. Saying Kirby is king is like stating that water is wet. It's a scientific fact!

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  2. I guess his estate is suing Marvel/Disney (and everybody else that uses his shit, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, others) for ownership of all the characters he created. I say "okay".

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  3. Why is the sky blue? Why is water wet? Why did Judas rat to Romans while Jesus slept? I was just reading The stroy arc that this cover encompasses (which is the first appearance of the ever-lovin' Inhumans) and then the fateful issue 48 which is "The Coming of Galactus". Probably one of the best comic stories, superhero or otherwise, ever crafted. Lee and King Kirby worked so fluidly on Marvel's first-family of the 60's that each issue is within itself a gem, and when placed in the context of the whole, the Crown Jewels pale in comparison. I picked up an expensive, although thoroughly worthwhile, addition to my collection this week in the "Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 2". It collects FF #30-60 (the very best issues of the series) and Annuals #2-4. Pretty pricey but it sure is fun to read some of my favorite stories in beautiful color rather than in the newsprint black and white of the Essentials editions. I love this shit! Marvel Comics totally suck these days (truly an understatement) but the work of Lee, Kirby, Ditko, Roy Thomas, the Buscema brothers, Barry Windsor-Smith, and a host of others, still holds up, and if you can get around Lee's scripting (Thomas is much more sophisticated, even more so for the time period. See the original "Conan the Barbarian" title, and "The Avengers" Kree-Skrull War for particularly great work) it is a blast!

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