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Monday, August 20, 2012
My Take On: The Jack Kirby Collector #59 - The Kirby Vault!
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Topic: Comic Books - New


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Michael D Hamersky On Comics Presents His Take On:
The Jack Kirby Collector #59
From TwoMorrows Publishing

TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3699 -   I am continuing to review blog items that I picked up  during our five days at the 2012 Comic-Con International: San Diego, (aka San Diego Comic Con or SDCC). 

Here is what this magazine is about per the publisher's promo:

"Summer 2012 - 104 page magazine with COLOR
JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #59 shifts to a new format (104 magazine-size pages with COLOR SECTION, $10.95), and opens “The Kirby Vault”, unlocking a treasure trove of rarities by the "King" of comics! There's personal correspondence from Jack to fans and co-workers, private photos and accounts from family and friends' interaction with Kirby, a COLOR gallery of his amazing collage work, rare art from Marvelmania, bootleg album covers featuring Kirby art, private sketches, and other artifacts. PLUS: A transcript of a never-before released 1969 visit by San Diego fans to the Kirby home (where Jack answers all the questions you would ask if you were there in ’69)! Also, "Kirby Kinetics" (a new column by NORRIS BURROUGHS examining Kirby’s art and compositional skills), MARK EVANIER and our other regular columnists sounding off about all things Kirby, and we present Jack’s uninked pencil art from unused 1970s DC pages, a complete Kirby story, and more! Edited by John Morrow."

I'll start my review next...

Front Cover -  Looking pretty good to me!  Nice usage of a comic book page along with a photo of the King himself!

Inside Front Cover - A house ad for other TwoMorrows publications....

Splash Page - This page is a true splash page in that it shows the 'Contents' along with an unfinished Thundarr The Barbarian illustration.  So a nice beginning for this issue.

Interior Pages -  The 'splash page' listed quite a few features for this issue, including:  'Opening Shot', 'Kirby Obscura', 'Kirby Kinetics', 'Auteur Theory of Comics', 'Innerview', 'Kirby As A Genre', Gallery 1, 2 & 3, ' Unearthed', 'Collector Comments', and more.  There seemed to be more pages, now at this reduced size, which I appreciated.

Inside Back Cover - Another house ad by TwoMorrows Publishing.

Back Cover - A pin-up page of Captain America by Jack Kirby - an unused 1966 promotional piece.

My take on this magazine? 

Well... Quite honestly, I was pretty pleased that the magazine had decreased in size, back to the size it had been before expanding in length & height.  This change was after issue #58 which had been a graphic novel sized book.  Issue #57 had been one of the oversized issues, so these last three issues have been all over in size!  The theme 'The Kirby Vault', was kind of cute, and kind of showed that this issue was kind of a free for all with different and miscellaneous features being presented.  Which was okay for me, after reading issue #58, which was basically just on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  

My rating for this magazine?  A Very Fine / Near Mint (VF/NM) 9.0 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale.  Thanks to John Morrow for having this magazine shipped direct to his booth at the 2012 Comic-Con International: San Diego!

You can find this comic book for sale at the TwoMorrows web site

Plus, be sure to check out what the Publisher is doing at their Facebook fan page!

~ Michael


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Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:30 PM PDT
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