HEROESCON 2017 :: KIRBY & EISNER AT 100

July 28, 2017 By: Rico Renzi Category: Uncategorized

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STAFF PICKS :: AMERICAN BARBARIAN COMPLETE SERIES :: AUGUST 5, 2015

August 04, 2015 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: AMERICAN BARBARIAN: Tom Scioli has long held the reputation for being an artist who expertly pays homage to the canon of Jack Kirby. One of the things I most respect about Scioli, though, is how he not only captures and distills Kirby’s work in his own, but also channels other interests and influences. Case in point with this week’s long awaited complete collection of American Barbarian. Sure there are nods to Kirby, especially the excellent Kamandi comics, but there’s also a plethora of other monsters, robots and beings that could only jump from Scioli’s fertile imagination. ambar1

As with Scioli’s must read Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series, American Barbarian is full of unabashed love for all things sci fi, fantasy, film, comics and pop culture. It takes concepts that have at times been stereotyped as low, and raised them to high comics art. Thanks to IDW, American Barbarian is finally receiving a nice new complete hardcover collection. It’s unlike any other new book you’ll see on the stands this week, and I hope you’ll take the time to relish this work in all its glory. ambar4

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STAFF PICKS :: CAPTAIN VICTORY AND THE GALACTIC RANGERS #1 :: AUGUST 6, 2014

August 01, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: CAPTAIN VICTORY AND THE GALACTIC RANGERS #1: One of Jack Kirby’s last great series gets a shot of new energy this week. It’s written by Joe Casey, who wrote one of my favorite series in recent history, Dark Horse’s Catalyst Comix. Similarly to that book, Captain Victory teams Casey with a variety of talented artists to tell an offbeat sci-fi superhero story. This time around Casey teams up with Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg, Ulises Farinas, Ben Marra, Farel Dalrymple, Michel Fiffe and more, all creators who happen to make some of today’s most consistently inventive comics.  The preview pages suggest that these artists brought plenty of joy and enthusiasm to Kirby’s world, and I can’t wait to see their work on this underrated property.
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STAFF PICKS :: DKW DITKO KIRBY WOOD ONE SHOT :: JULY 02 2014

July 01, 2014 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: DKW DITKO KIRBY WOOD ONE SHOT: Hello, Staff Picks, how have you been? Sorry, I’ve been a real jerk. I haven’t called, I didn’t write. HeroesCon had us all hopping…I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. Maybe if I offer you this awesome Fantagraphics one shot? Would that help? Cartoonist Sergio Ponchione draws three different stories in the signature styles of those titular titans Steve, Jack, and Wally. It’s a gorgeously designed book, as well, tastefully toned and wrapped in a masterful cover. I know I’ve neglected you, Staff Picks, but can’t we put that all behind us now, and just be together again? Aw, you’re the best. I knew you’d understand.

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STAFF PICKS :: DEVIL DINOSAUR BY JACK KIRBY THE COMPLETE SERIES TP :: MAY 28, 2014

May 26, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: DEVIL DINOSAUR BY JACK KIRBY THE COMPLETE SERIES TP: Here’s the back-story. In 1972, DC asked Jack Kirby to come up with a title to compete with Marvel’s recent licensing acquisition of Planet of the Apes. Hence, Kamandi. A few years later, Kirby was back at Marvel and they asked him to create a new property  that could go paw to paw with the new Kamandi TV series that DC was developing. So Kirby grudgingly  came up with Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy. The series only ran for 9 issues. The comic was geared at younger readers, but like most comics back in the ’70s it was never marketed properly. So, at the time  DD  looked like a big-foot n embarrassment from the once-great King when compared to the more cutting edge ‘relevant’ comics from O’Neill and Engelhart. Today those topical books are still fun but are self important, quite silly and rather dated; meanwhile ol’ DD remains a great kids comic just brimming with the Kirby excitement, movement and creativity. Marvel is offering all nine issues in an affordable soft cover edition for only 19.95. You owe it to yourself to pick it up and enjoy!

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STAFF PICKS :: INHUMANS TP: ORIGIN OF INHUMANS :: SEPTEMBER 18, 2013

September 16, 2013 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: INHUMANS TP:  ORIGIN OF INHUMANS: In 1965,  Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created a group of supporting characters that cemented the Fantastic Four’s place as The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!. These Inhumans– a group of Earth-based Kree who are exposed the Terrigen Mists and receive bizarre super powers– continue to play a vital part in the ever-unfolding tapestry of the Marvel comics Universe to this very day. Read the earliest adventures of the Inhuman’s Royal Family– Black Bolt, Medusa, Trigon, Karnak, Gorgon, Crystal along with their faithful teleporting dog Lockjaw!  See Kirby at one of his many creative peaks aided and abetted by (arguably) his greatest inker, Joe Sinnott!, Read captions filled with the Stan Lee ’60s Marvel Magic!  See what all the exclamation points are all about!!!! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #36, #38, #41-47, #54, #62-65 and ANNUAL #5, plus portions of #48, #50, #52 and #55-61; and the Inhumans’ origin story serialized in THOR  #146-152.
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STAFF PICKS :: IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB HC :: AUGUST 7, 2013

August 01, 2013 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksandy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB HC: Jack Kirby was always breaking new ground.  When he left Marvel in 1970 over creative and financial differences, he landed at DC comics where he created the justly famous Fourth World series.  But he didn’t stop there. He created a line of black and white magazines that were just a few years before their time.  DC collected one of those magazines, Spirit World last year and now they proudly re-present, In the Days of the Mob. Kirby was once again way ahead of the curve as gangster stories would take over Hollywood about a year later.  These stories represent Kirby at one of his many creative heights.  You don’t want to miss this. Collects IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB #1 and stories from AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1 and 10.
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STAFF PICKS :: 2012 FAVORITES :: JUSTIN CROUSE

December 21, 2012 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

JUSTIN’S FAVORITES OF 2012:

Favorite Super-hero Book of 2012: This may be a bit premature, but the Marvel NOW! relaunch of Captain America stands head and shoulders above any other new superhero book for me this year. It manages to be kitschy and modern all at once, a post-millennial nod to Jack Kirby’s near autonomous 1970s run that would surely send the King over the moon. I haven’t read a single issue of a comic book so many times this year; I think my current tally is closing in on a baker’s dozen. Rick Remender deserves a big ol’ hug. If he’d come to Heroes Con, he’d get one.
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STAFF PICKS :: KAMANDI LAST BOY ON EARTH HC VOL 02 OMNIBUS :: DECEMBER 12, 2012

December 07, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

ANDY’S PICK :: KAMANDI LAST BOY ON EARTH HC VOL 02 OMNIBUS: So back in 1972, DC tried to secure the comic publishing rights to Planet of the Apes, but they lost out to Marvel. So DC asked Jack Kirby to create a series that would be similar (but not too similar) to PoA. And as usual, Kirby not only delivered, he surpassed all expectations. Kirby wrote and drew a 40 issue masterpiece of bizarre concepts and fun to read stories that all take place in a post-nuclear-war earth of the future where mutated animals rule and humans struggles to survive. This Omnibus collects the final 20 issues of the series and includes the classic issue #29 where a cult has formed whose members celebrate the legend of Superman–the hero who tried (in vain) to prevent the Great Disaster. The followers worship at the feet of all that remains– Superman’s uniform. It is one of the great Superman stories of all time and oddly it is a story where the Man of Steel never even appears! Pure Kirby magic! Sorry to sound like a broken record, but these Kirby Omnibus are required reading. Get busy and enjoy–there will be a test!

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STAFF PICKS :: JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 :: DECEMBER 05, 2012

December 04, 2012 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

ANDY’S PICK :: JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 04: The final volume of this essential collection completes the series Jack Kirby developed  in the early ’70s when he was (arguably) at his creative height.  This very affordable paper back edition collects the final issues of his “4th World ” series–The New Gods #11 Forever People #11 and Mister Miracle #10-18.  The series were all cancelled before Kirby could complete the saga.  This inexpensive edition includes the two attempts to wrap the story lines up– “Even Gods Must Die” from The New Gods vol. 2, #6; and the one-shot “On the Road to Armagetto!” along with the full length DC Graphic novel #4 “The Hunger Dogs”;  The intro by Mark Evanier–Kirby Biographer and assistant at the time of the comics original publication.  Evanier goes into detail about the series historical context and this sad tale alone is worth the cover price.  More importantly, along with the insightful look into the economics of comic publishing in the seventies, you also get over 400 pages of exuberant Kirby art and story.   This is a corner-stone of any comics library and a heck of a lot of fun to read and re-read.  Enjoy!
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