I'm a regular reader of Mark Evanier's outstanding blog (like many here I suspect) and when he began to reminisce about the passing of Richard Kyle, one of his friends from the early days of comics I fandom, I was interested of course but hardly connected. Then he mentioned that Kyle had been responsible for the brief but vigorous revival of the legendary Argosy in the early 1990's.
It last a mere three issues (there were two specials later but without cover art) but those issues were filled with a terrific mix of story and offbeat comic book material. Hard to find, and most famous these days for the stellar Jim Steranko cover art which graces the three issues, these are gems. It's a pity it ended so quickly and grimly for this effort.
Perhaps for comics fans the lingering memory of these issues is the publication of Jack Kirby's "Street Code", an autobiographical glimpse by the "King" at his earliest days in the rough and tumble streets of NYC. Eschewing the cosmic wonder we associate with him, Kirby delivers a powerful portrait of a time when the American future was bleak indeed. To read this story go here and be prepared to scroll down a bit. Here's a glimpse.
Another side of the man who designed the Marvel Universe. This piece was commissioned by the late Richard Kyle and for that I thank him. Rest in peace.