Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Kirby One Hundred Koda!
DC Comics did a pretty decent job celebrating the contributions of the late great Jack "King" Kirby. They put out a number of very intriguing comics by a host of modern creators which picked up and played with the characters and concepts that Kirby created and developed in his three tenures at the company.
Among the many reprints of the King's work was the massive Jack Kirby The Fourth World Omnibus. I have not gotten this doorstopper tome yet, but I did get a glimpse of the actual book's wraparound cover which is beneath the slipcover image seen above.
This is the same wraparound image used on the first volume of the four volume reprint of the Fourth World saga which came out several years ago. It features the glowering face of the seriously intense Orion. It's among my favorite comic images of all time, let alone a Kirby image.
This time however there's a slight addition as Jack Kirby's cigar-chomping mug is set neatly inside the black sun emblem which decorates Orion's distinctive helmet. Clever little gimmick, even if it does undermine the strength of the image itself.