Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Captain Victory!

Pacific Comics burst onto the comics scene with the power of Jack Kirby's Captain Victory series. Captain Victory is being revived it seems by Dynamite Comics. I'm pretty cool to this revival based on what I've read.

I'm sure the comics written by Kurt Busiek and with art led by Alex Ross will be handsome comics, but I know they will not have the rockem' sockem' zest that the originals possessed. Only Kirby could deliver that.

Here's a link with the story of Pacific Comics and how Jack "King" Kirby helped launch the direct sales market with this project. Here's a peek.

"Kirby had a partially drawn project called "Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers," originally the storyboard to a proposed screenplay and then planned as a book-length graphic novel with no publisher in mind. The artist was happy to let the Schaneses break up his story line into chapters -- with Pacific staffers and freelancers inking and coloring the artwork to present Captain Victory as a bimonthly comic-book serial."

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  1. Ye', I've always been a huge Kirby fan, but I have to say, of all the characters he created, Captain Victory was the biggest wet nelly, a real big girl's blouse wearing a Val Doonican polo neck and cardigan and a pudding bowl haircut straight out the depression.

    All he was missing was a pipe and slippers...and a bra!

    My suspicion, my hope's he was supposed to be a parody of a certain type, a sort of ancestor of Futurama's Zapp Brannigan.


  2. I'd say you'd be disappointed. Whatever the ultimate evaluation of Captain Victory, Kirby was serious, at least in the first half dozen issues. I admit the tone shifts somewhat after that.

    Kirby wasn't afraid of goofy, and admittedly sometimes he didn't seem to recognize it when he did it.

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