Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Sweet Perils Of Soul Love!
When Jack "King" Kirby dropped out of the Marvel scene and ambled over to the "Distinguished Competition" it was earthquake stuff in an industry which blended chaos and conformity like none before it. His departure from the House of Ideas, lured to the DC by promises of editorial control and the freedom to create books he saw fit to publish, Kirby was bristling with ideas, many of them utterly fantastic, some of them really really good, and a few somewhat suspect.
Soul Love and its mate True Divorce Cases might well fall into the final category. The original pages to these vintage Kirby stories have been floating around the internet nearly as long as the internet has been up and running. And despite virtually every comic, poster, and napkin the "King" ever doodled on having been printed or reprinted in the last many years somehow these deliciously awful yarns of romance and its reverse have not been published in any format that I know of. (If I'm wrong please disabuse me.)
But they need to be. Until that time we will have to make do with what we find in the wilds of the web. Here are two of those vaunted tales.
The first is "Diary of the Disappointed Doll" and seems to have been inked by Tony DeZuniga.
The second gem today is the delightfully titled "Fears of a Go-Go Girl!". This one features the inks of Vince Colletta, the guy who was inking most of Kirby's early DC output at that moment in time. To read both of these check out this link to True Love Comics Tales, part of Dojo pal Britt Reid's mighty Retro-Blog family.
These two jewels showcase that Jack Kirby was at a minimum fearless and that he was willing to offer up a range of genres to an audience he was certain was just out of the grasp of the spinner rack. DC never gave the experiment a decent chance, and that's a pity. They hired the guy because he was a creator, but almost immediately they grew reticent to unleash what he had to offer. Would his ideas have worked? I frankly doubt it based on the two stories above, but don't you wish you had them to hold and read. I do.