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Modern-Day Kirbys: Grant Morrison, Part Three

April 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

But getting back to Kirby… In our Modern-Day Kirbys feature, we look at present-day funnybook creators who we think are operating in the same spirit of excellence, innovation, and wild creativity as the King of Comics, Mr. Jack Kirby. Aaaand, we’re back! In the first two parts of our examination of Grant Morrison as a Modern-Day Kirby, we looked at how he handles Jack Kirby’s signature creations, and at the first two decades of Morrison’s own career. Like Kirby, [...]

Rolling in the Spandex

April 15, 2012 // 1 Comment

Okay, so that stack of unreviewed funnybooks (though greatly reduced) is still buggin’ me, which can only mean that… FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWareonceagainGO!!!! Action Comics #5-8, by Grant Morrison, Rags Morales, and Andy Kubert The thing I love most about Grant Morrison’s Superman reboot is its complexity. Yes, it’s the story of a (perhaps) naively-earnest young hero, but in these issues it also reveals itself as the story of that hero’s maturation, his coming-of-age as [...]

Sexy Blood-Drenched Diversions

April 12, 2012 // 3 Comments

So, since these “Modern-Day Kirby” posts are taking longer than expected, and since that means my stack of unreviewed funnybooks ain’t gettin’ any smaller, and since I’m really getting tired of looking at said stack… Well, I guess that means… FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Conan the Barbarian #1-3, by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan The team behind DEMO tackle Conan for an adaptation and expansion of Robert E. Howard’s “Queen of the Black Coast.” [...]

Modern-Day Kirbys: Grant Morrison, Part Two

April 8, 2012 // 1 Comment

In our Modern-Day Kirbys feature we look at modern funnybook creators who we think are working, in one way or another, in the same spirit of excellence and wild creativity as The King of Comics, Mr. Jack Kirby. Before we launch off into our discussion of Grant Morrison’s original creative works, there’s one bit of clarification/correction I’d like to make. In the first part of this piece, I said that Jack Kirby was a once-in-a-generation talent. But really, I think Kirby [...]

Where Are the Kirbys of Today? (Part One)

April 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

Alrighty then. Those Jack Kirby galleries I posted last week got me back in the mood to farm me some nerds, but now I’m kinda hankerin’ to discuss some funnybooks published in THIS century. Of course, after steeping myself in Kirby the way I have of late, some of what I’ve been reading recently feels… Wan. Lifeless. Anemic. Lacking in imagination and power. Now certainly, I don’t expect every comic to be a match for Kirby’s manic creativity. He’s a [...]

Kirby, King of… Horror?!?

March 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

Jack Kirby’s is not a name you often think of when you think of horror. Partially, that’s because he didn’t do a lot of it. But also, it might be because horror wasn’t really his forte. Kirby was a fighter by nature, and his stories were usually centered on positive struggle and perseverance in the face of oppression, while horror is often about negativity and human helplessness in the face of great evil. So the marriage of Kirby and horror was always going to be a [...]

Might I Please Direct Your Attention to the Fine Cosmic Artworkings of Mister Jack Kirby?

March 25, 2012 // 9 Comments

See? I can be polite and still talk about the King of Comics. I can be as fucking polite as you please, and– Aw, horseshit! Last night, I promised all the Kirby Virgins in the audience that they’d have their minds blown, and I’m afraid I may not have delivered. Sure, I gave you some great craggy-faced Gods of Evil, and some beautiful (if strange and/or distressed) women. I have you a man with a T-Rex on his damn head. I even gave you a picture of God Himself. But I [...]

Ditko’s Amazing Fantasy

March 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

We’ll return to our Jack Kirby love-fest this evening, but in the meantime… I just ran across this seldom-seen unused Steve Ditko cover for Amazing Fantasy 15 (the first appearance of Spider-Man), and thought I’d share: If you’re not familiar with the story, Stan Lee had initially gone to Jack Kirby to develop his Spider-Man idea. But Ditko told Stan that Kirby’s version was essentially just the Fly character he’d developed with Joe Simon over at Archie [...]


March 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Ahem. Pardon my French. But I needed something to herald my return to the nerd farm, and well… What better than The King himself? It was just gonna be “Kirby Dammit!” but… Considering who we’re talking about here, that just didn’t seem to have the proper… COSMIC OOMPH. I mean… just look at this! This is Kirby’s portrait of God. That’s God Almighty, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, and don’t you fucking forget it! I mean, holy [...]