Wednesday, April 11, 2012
All this talk here in the last few days about the Statue of Liberty and various ways its an ideal emblem in Kamandi and elsewhere for a fallen society has got me to thinking about apocalypse stories in general and about all the dandy end-of-times type stuff currently available in comics form.
Kamandi The Last Boy on Earth has one omnibus volume out currently with the first twenty issues and second with the remaining Kirby material is scheduled for the end of this year.
I'm currently reading The Hunter from Dark Horse, a collection of vintage stories from sundry issues of Warren's Eerie magazine about special men who become heroes of sorts in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by not just humans, but demons and such as well. It's a compelling read with really outstanding artwork by Paul Neary.
From several years ago there is the saga of Killraven sometimes called War of the Worlds, the one man who chose to stand up to the Martians in Marvel's wonderful adaptation and extension of the H.G.Wells classic. The Essential volume has all the vintage Killraven material as well as the Joe Linsner one-shot from 2001, a great value.
The Atomic Knights are a DC legend, a group of post-apocalyptic heroes find and use ancient medieval armor to combat evildoers in the world after a great war. It's full of 60's schmaltz and lush Murphy Anderson artwork.
And finally The Mighty Samson currently has three volumes out from Dark Horse featuring the artwork of Frank Thorne and Jack Sparling. Written by Otto Binder, Samson tells somewhat charming stories of a post-apocalyptic world overrun by mutant animals and men.
So if you're in the mood for vintage armaggeddon there's quite a bit of great comics material to fill the bill. It's something to do while waiting for the zombies to come knocking.