continued, and concluded, from here: Perhaps the most radical aspect of 1961’s Fantastic Four #1 was the way in which the comic’s super-villain was framed as even more of a victim than a menace. Rejected and mocked by American society for his looks, the Mole Man’s assaults upon the USA carry with them the air […]Read More Even Loneliness Is Better Than The Cruelty Of Men: 31 Days Of Atlas #26
In which the blogger attempts to define the appeal of the earliest Marvel Comics, so as to nail down why Atlas’ attempts to clone that method were so unsuccessful, continued from here: It wasn’t that the Marvel Comics of the key period 1961-8 were consciously designed to identify the universe as meaningless and human beings, […]Read More Owning The Woe: 31 Days Of Atlas #24
1. June/July 1959’s Challengers Of The Unknown #8 contained the very last new Jack Kirby work to appear in a DC Comic until 1970. It’s hard not to regard its cover as a prime example of the vitiating effect of DC’s constant attempts to rein in Kirby’s dynamic style. It is, all at the same time, […]Read More Superboy Did It, Jimmy Olsen & Lois Lane Tried, The Challengers Fell Short: On Kirby’s DC Covers 1957-9 (Part 1)
In which the blogger, keen to learn more about the period, writes about two different 1958 Jack Kirby covers and the way in which each appears to point forwards in time to several of his most notable later triumphs. 1. Challengers Of The Unknown #3 arrived on America’s newsstands and spinner racks in June 1958. […]Read More The Road To The Fantastic Four, The Road To The Fourth World: On Two Jack Kirby Comicbook Covers From June 1958,
In which the blogger continues to attempt to find his feet where Jack Kirby’s immediately pre-Marvel Revolution career is concerned; (continued from here) In the comics new to the newsstands and spinner racks of August 1958, Kirby’s work appeared in the titles of no other publisher but DC. For the fourth issue of the bimonthly […]Read More On The Challengers Of The Unknown, Green Arrow & House Of Mystery: Jack Kirby’s Comics In August 1958 (2.)
In which the blogger, intending to write a little about Jack Kirby’s 1958-1970 career at Marvel Comics, attempts to gain a little perspective on the storyteller’s work immediately before his return to what he’d help transform into ‘The House Of Ideas’. To go by the titles published in the mid-summer of 1958, Jack Kirby would […]Read More Jack Kirby’s Comicbooks On The Newsstands In The Summer Of 1958 (1.)
Unexpected good fortune has rather done for this blog. Due to a totally unforeseen stroke of luck, the time and energy I’d intended to invest in Them Darned Superpeople has ended up being funnelled elsewhere. I shan’t bother you with the details. It’s not a particularly interesting business. But up until a few brief months […]Read More When In Doubt, Turn To 12 Years Of Jack Kirby, 1958-1970.
Sometimes a week’s comicbook reading doesn’t immediately suggest a common thread. But on consideration, the closest to a shared thread over the past seven days has been air power. Hence the examples in the modest but admiring gallery below; 1. from 1972’s The Incredible Hulk #148, by Archie Goodwin, Herb Trimpe, John Severin. and Artie […]Read More I Have Slipped The Surly Bonds: A Modest Gallery Of Fine Comicbook Pages Featuring Military Airpower.
Every week’s comics reading seems to bring its own unexpected theme. Recently, I’ve been repeatedly bumping into takes on Vikings in the stories I’ve been reading. None of them have lacked charm … 1. from 2012’s The Judas Coin by Walter Simonson with Lovern Kindzierski and John Workman. 2. from 1949’s Radio Fun Annual, creator/s […]Read More The Vikings Are Coming!: A Modest Gallery Of Comicbook Reimaginings Of Viking Age Culture.
And so, to the first of what I imagine will be, over time, but the first of many galleries of comics pages featuring dinosaurs … 1. from 1978’s Devil Dinosaur, by Jack Kirby with Mike Royer and George Roussos. 2. from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes, from 1995’s The Calvin & Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book, […]Read More I’m Sorry That I Can’t Throw A Dinosaur For You: A Modest Gallery Of Comicbook Terrible Lizards