Topic: Comic Book History
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3995 - I found this magazine at the TwoMorrows table at the 2014 WonderCon in Anaheim, California this past weekend. In the early years of this magazine I had a subscription, but when it started being printed in oversize format, I had to stop as the USPS usually bent my copies in transit. So nowadays I wait till I see it at Comic-Con in San Diego or at WonderCon in Anaheim.
This issue's them was 'Kirby @ DC'. Which is actually not my favorite period of Jack's works. Yeah, I'm a Marvelmaniac of Jack's works, which is what I grew up on starting around 1960 with the monsters comics titles of what was to become Marvel Comics.
However... I do enjoy a good story or presentation of Jack's other works. And this issue does deliver that! Starting from the front cover to the back cover, this issue had a LOT of Jack's works at DC from 1970 to 1975, which is the last period he worked for DC Comics.
The publisher's editorial, by John Morrow, stated that this was his favorite period of Jack's works. And he shows why in the editiorial.
Then an article title 'Key 1970s DC Moments' was featured. I didn't know all of this info, and it was nice to see it presented in chronological format.
'Return of the X-Files' is not on that TV show title 'The X-Files', but rather all of Jack's work at DC during 1970-75 which were labeled with an 'X' in front of the work number. Very interesting reading, along with the tables of the works that were produced. Very good article... matter of fact!
'Pleading the Fourth' was a presentation of Jack's works on 'the Fourth World', with nice artwork shown.
Kirby Obscura is a regular feature in this magazine, and once again it was on the money.
'Kirby & Kobra' was a nice feature, even though I have not read all of the run of 'King Kobra' from DC Comics.
'Fascism in the Fourth World' was presented well. It made for good reading.
'Challenging the Unknown' where the Challengers of DC were compared to the Fantastic Four of Marvel was very good. I've read most of those Challenger stories, whereas I've had a complete run of FF from #1 to 102 that Jack produced along with Stan Lee and others. Mike Breen did a good article on this comparison.
The magazine had other articles as well, ending with the 2013 Kirby Tribute Panel held at the 2013 Comic-Con International in San Diego that I attended.
All in all... This issue of the Jack Kirby Collector was a piece of art, even though the topic is not at the top of omy own personal likes of Jack's works. I would give this a Near Mint (NM) 9.4 on a comic book grading scale. Be sure to check out your LCBS (Local Comic Book Shop) or order online direct from TwoMorrows.com.
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