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.

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  1. On one of the Marvel message boards, someone mentioned a misprint in the new omnibus, with a page missing and one page duplicated, so you may want to hang back or get the separate volumes. I'd personally like to see an oversized (say 10x15) leather-bound embossed cover tome, a cross between the Bible and the Necronomicon.

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    1. A grand saga in which is hidden the secret to control all of mankind, the secret of the Anti-Life Equation. The musty tome hides its secrets in plain sight and sits waiting for men of low morals and improper judgments to attempt to make use of the deadly lore within.

      I can see it as a proper center of a musty horror tale indeed.

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  2. I just checked and they're reprinting the Omnibus: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/02/15/dc-comics-reprint-entire-print-run-jack-kirbys-fourth-world-omnibus-page-error/

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    1. Man am I glad I've hesitated on this. That would drive me crazy. I'll wait until a confirmed good one is available before I lust after it again. Thanks for the heads up.

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