Thursday, March 01, 2007

Jack Kirby’s Galactic Bounty Hunters - The King is back!

Or a return to the grandeur of old.

JACK’S BACK! That’s the blurb mighty Marvel comics used on the ads for the return of Jack Kirby to it’s hallowed halls in the mid-seventies after his stint at DC comics.

Well it’s almost like that period once more as his daughter, Lisa Kirby, takes over the writing chores from her late Father, the aforementioned Mr. Kirby, accompanied by Michael Thibodeaux, Steve Robertson and Richard French.

Based on concepts created by Jack “King” Kirby the stories use new artwork by Mike Thibodeaux and some of Jack’s concept drawings, splash pages and the like to tell the story. The covers to issues # 1, 2, and 4 are drawn by Jack Kirby with inks by Karl Kesel and Mike Thibodeaux.

The comic is a truly faithful homage to her Father’s work, even down to the trademark structure and layout style used by Mr. Kirby. The comic books are split into titled chapters, a trait of his comic work. There are splash pages, double page spreads, superbly outlandish characters and dialogue, wonderful galactic vistas, comedy, pathos and, just like Jack’s work, a huge dose of action, adventure, dynamism and grandeur of epic proportions and above all ecch of a lot of fun.

The comic is published by Marvel Publishing Inc and is copyright 2006 Rosalind Kirby Trust and Genesis West.

Please check it out for yourselves.

Yesterday, all comics looked and sounded just like this.

At last a return to the roots for the industry.

I am sure Jack will be proud of this work, as he looks down from his drawing board up there in the clouds, somewhere over the next horizon, just beyond tomorrow over by left field…

Until next time have fun!

Tim Perkins…
March 1st 2007

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