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Jack Kirby

The Toyetic Kirby

June 12, 2018 // 4 Comments

So at some point in the early 80s, Jack Kirby was asked to do some concept drawings of his New Gods characters for the Super Powers toy line. He obliged with some cast drawings… …albeit mostly of the bad guys. Which makes sense. The Super Powers line was based largely on the Superfriends cartoon show, which already gave them a large cast of heroes. Also, to be honest, the New Gods [...]

Jack Kirby and the Art of the Pitch

May 29, 2018 // 7 Comments

So I’ve been digging again recently into the art of Jack Kirby. I mean… I’m ALWAYS digging into the art of Jack Kirby. He’s the King! But even when you’re the King, you still have to make pitches for your kingly ideas. Luckily, Kirby was also the King of the Pitch. Restlessly creative, he churned out new characters and concepts all the time. It was his thing. [...]

Aliens, Gods, and a Walk Through Hell: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been reading some funnybooks! Let’s see how they were… Avengers 1 & 2 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGinnis So these were fun. I normally wait to read Jason Aaron work-for-hire stuff until I can find a digital trade on sale, but I decided to give this new Avengers relaunch a shot because… Well, I dunno. Because what the hell, I guess. I like Aaron’s larger than [...]

Fantastic Four Re-Mix, Part Eight: Infinite Benjamin

May 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

So here we are again with the Fantastic Four Remix, our on-going exercise in relaunching the Fantastic Four from scratch. We’re pretty deep into it now, so if you’re just joining us… Well, god help you. But if you want to catch up, previous chapters can be found here: https://dorkforty.wordpress.com/tag/fantastic-four-remix/ This time around, I had planned to back away from the [...]

Retro Review: Mastering Space With Kirby and Wood

May 1, 2018 // 3 Comments

So it’s going to have to be a quickie this week. Why? Well… As it turns out, I spent most of the time I would normally spend writing this column on reading comics instead. Which, granted… “Reading Comics” is something I spend a lot of time doing in any given week. But this week is special. Because this week, I finally laid my hands on something I’ve been wanting to [...]

A Random Collection of Images For Your Edification and Enjoyment

April 17, 2018 // 2 Comments

So time and energy have been in short supply on the nerd farm lately. Allergies, taxes, busy days… We just couldn’t get the usual long-winded essay done. Which means it’s time to post up a bunch of pretty, pretty pictures. A lot of these are things we’ve shared over on the Dork Forty Facebook page, so folks who follow us there may have seen some of this before. But [...]

Technical Difficulties

January 16, 2018 // 1 Comment

So it’s one of those weeks where real life gets in the way of our usual long-winded ramblings. I had planned to just make a quick “Technical Difficulties” post, and move on. But then I went looking for pictures of robots from old funnybooks to go with it, and one thing lead to another, and… Here’s a whole gallery of robots! Robots fighting! Robots destroying! [...]

Closet Classics: Big Jim’s PACK

September 26, 2017 // 1 Comment

So we’ve been cleaning out some closets here on the nerd farm, and have run head-first into… Now, long-time readers may remember that I don’t generally count nostalgia as my friend. “Nostalgia is the mind-killer,” I’ve been known to opine on occasion. And in most things, I still believe that’s true. Nostalgia makes old farts like myself remember things with [...]

Freedom, Despair, and Mister Miracle

September 19, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I’ve been talking about movies and television and old funnybooks lately, and haven’t covered current comics much. I’ve abandoned the idea of covering the stack of unreviewed comics on my desk (partially because I filed them all away this weekend in a cleaning fit), but there is one book I held aside because I thought it was worth wrestling with all on its own… Mister [...]