Jack Kirby Collector #52 - Spring 2009

Features Mark Evanier's Jack F.AQ.s, a selection of Kirby penciled pages (all "final" pages from various stories), Kirby Obscura, a 1972 interview witk Kirby, an article on the Kirby Museum, Kirby As A Genre, Incidental Iconography, an interview with Steve Englehart, unused Thor pages, an interview with Dan Didio, Kirby's influence on Final Crisis, and much more!

Cover by Kirby and Don Heck, back cover by Kirby.

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Jack Kirby Collector #51 - Fall 2008

Features Mark Evanier's Jack F.AQ.s, "Kirby Redux", Kirby Obscura, The Kirby Work Ethic, Kirby & Copyright, 2007 Kirby Tribute Panel, pages of original Kirby art, and lots, lots more!

Cover by Kirby, back cover by Kirby and Pete Von Sholly.

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Jack Kirby Collector #50 - Kirby Five-Oh! - 2008

This special 50th issue is one giant Slab O'Jack Kirby!

Coming in at over 160 pages, this squarebound edition features a ton of "Top 50" Best of Kirby lists, like the Top 50 Best Kirby Covers, Best Character Designs, Unused art, Best Stories, plus fifty pages of original Kirby pencil art!

JKC editor John Morrow put together an impressive variety of people to offer their thoughts on the King for this edition, from usual suspects like Mark Evanier, Steve Rude, Bruce Timm, Mike Mignola, and other comic heavyweights, to offbeat choices like Matt Groening, author Glen David Gold, System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan. and playwright Qui Nguyen. All of them have a personal connection to the work of Jack Kirby.

A fine tribute to the King of the Comics, and the sheer heft of this thing makes it feel all that much more special.

Cover by Kirby and Darwyn Cooke!

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Jack Kirby Collector #49 - 2007

Features: The Silver Surfer, Mark Evanier's "Jack F.A.Q.s" column, interview with Jerry Ordway, an article on Bill Everett, Kirby's war stories, the Challengers of the Unknown, Thundarr, an interview with Grant Morrison, and lots of original and unpublished art!

Cover by Kirby and Jerry Ordway

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Jack Kirby Collector #48 - 2007

Ok, after much deliberation(oh, about five minutes) I finally decided to give TwoMorrows' excellent Jack Kirby Collector magazine a better representation here on the site. I started subscribing to this fine publication a year or so ago, and when the latest issue--this one, #48--arrived in the mail, I got that same rush of I-gotta-read-this-right-now that I used to feel about comics all the time as a kid.

And since JKC made a deliberate decision to go tabloid size(with issue #31 back in 2001) I felt they should get a little more exposure here. So from now on I'll have bigger shots of each issue's cover, and a brif rundown of its contents. If you're not already, please go to TwoMorrows' website and subscribe!

Features: sketches Jack did for an art student's sketchbook, Mark Evanier's always-excellent "Jack F.A.Q.s" column, an article about Kirby's unheralded collages, a 1976 interview with the King, lots of original pencil pages, the 2006 SD ComiCon Tribute Panel, Kirby As A Genre, a talk with some of Kirby's inkers, and lots more!

Cover by Kirby and Terry Austin, back cover by Kirby and Tom Scioli.

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Jack Kirby Collector #47 - 2006

Features: Kirby's super-teams, Jack F.A.Q.s, John Romita jr. interview, Kirby Obscura, interview with author Jonathan Lethem, Kirby As A Genre, interview with Marty Lasick, Incidental Iconography, FF animated show storyboards, and more.

Front cover by Kirby, back cover by Kirby and Mike Royer.

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Jack Kirby Collector #46 - 2006

Features: Kirby interview, The New Gods, Jack F.A.Qs, Incidental Iconography, Lightray, Hunger Dogs, Super Powers, Kirby As A Genre, Post-Kirby Kirby books, and more.

Front cover by Kirby and Mike Royer, back cover by Kirby and John Byrne.

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Jack Kirby Collector #45 - 2005

Features: Kirby's childhood, interview with Neal Kirby, Jack F.A.Q.s, Incidental Iconography, Denny O'Neil interview, Ray Zone interview(with 3-D glasses!), Kirby As A Genre, 2005 Kirby Tribute Panel, and more.

Front cover by Kirby, Mike Royer, and Randy Sargent. 3-D back cover by Kirby, Bill Black, and Ray Zone.

Jack Kirby Collector #44 - 2005

Features:The Demon, Kirby On Film, Jack F.A.Qs, Kirby As A Genre, Kirby Obscura, interview with FF screenwriter Michael France, Thor, mythology in Kirby's work, and more.

Front cover: Kirby and Matt Wagner, back cover by Kirby and Georgio Comolo.

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Jack Kirby Collector #43 - 2005

Features: The Jack Kirby Museum, Jack F.A.Q.s, The Kirby Awards, Sherman Bros. interview, The Silver Surfer, Kirby romanc comics, Kirby As A Genre, and more.

Front cover by Kirby and Joe Sinnott, back cover by Kirby.

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Jack Kirby Collector #42 - 2004

Features: Superman, The Golden Guardian, Jimmy Olsen, Bongo Comics, Neal Adams on Kirby, a visit to the set of the FF movie, Jack F.A.Q.s, Kirby As A Genre, Kirby Obscura, The Dingbats of Danger Street, and more.

Front cover by Kirby and Kevin Nowlan, back cover by Kirby and Murphy Anderson.

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Jack Kirby Collector #41 - 2004

Features: The New Gods, The Black Panther, Devil Dinosaur, Jack F.A.Q.s, Kirby cover art, Kirby Obscura, Kirby As A Genre, the 2004 Kirby Tribute Panel, and more.

Front cover by Kirby and Dick Giordano, back cover by Kirby and Mark Schultz.

Jack Kirby Collector #40 - 2004

Features: Kamandi, Jack F.A.Q.s, an interview with P.Craig Russell, Kirby As A Genre, Kirby Obscura, 2003 Kirby Tribute Panel, OMAC, and more.

Front cover by Kirby and Erik Larsen, back cover by Kirby and Reedman.

Jack Kirby Collector #39 - 2003

Features: Other creators favorite Kirby work, Jack on Entertainment Tonight(!), the Hulk, OMAC pencil art, Kirby As A Genre, the Inhumans, the 2002 Kirby Tribute Panel, The Silver Surfer graphic novel, and more.

Front cover by Kirby and Mike Allred, back cover by Kirby and P.Craig Russell.

Jack Kirby Collector #38 - 2003

Features: Joe Sinnott interview, Jack F.A.Q.s, Kirby As A Genre, a Kirby interview, evolution of the Human Torch, and more.

Front cover by Kirby and Don Heck, back cover by Kirby.

Jack Kirby Collector #37 - 2002

Features: the evolution of Kirby's style, an interview with Mike Royer, Jack F.A.Q.s, Kirby Obscura, an interview with Shel Dorf, Kirby influences, and more.

Front and back cover by Kirby.

Jack Kirby Collector #36 - 2002

Features: The Thor issue! Jack F.A.Q.s, Joe Sinnott, John Romita jr., and Shel Dorf interviews, Kirby leaving Marvel, Kirby As A Genre, lots of Thor pencil art, and more.

Cover by Kirby and Trevor Von Eeden, back cover by Kirby and Mike Royer.

Jack Kirby Collector #35 - 2002

Features: Mr.Miracle, Jack F.A.Qs, Kirby Villains, an interview with Michael Chabon, Kirby As A Genre, an interview with Marshall Rogers, the 2001 Kirby Tribute Panel, Himon, and more.

Cover by Kirby and Marshall Rogers, back cover by Kirby and Steve Rude.

Jack Kirby Collector #34 - 2002

Features: Kirby's WWII work, a Carmine Infantino interview, a Kirby interview, Cap's Bicentennial Battles, lots of original Cap art, an article on Joe Simon, and more.

Cover by Kirby, back cover by Kirby and Alex Toth.

Jack Kirby Collector #33 - 2001

Features: The Fantastic Four at 40, Jack F.A.Q.s, Strange Tales, a hilarious deconstruction of FF#15(a feature where an issue is good-naturedly kidded for its sheer goofiness--something I wish JKC had done again), lots of penciled pages, The Inhumans, a Stan Lee interview, and a tribute to Joe Sinnott.

Cover by Kirby and Erik Larsen, back cover by Kirby and Bruce Timm.

Jack Kirby Collector #32 - 2001

Features: Kirby's black and white magazine work for DC, Evanier's Jack F.A.Q.s, a Kirby interview, a Kirby Checklist, The Black Hole, Kirby As A Genre, Kirby's western work, and more.

Cover by Kirby and Ladronn, back cover by Kirby and David Roach.

Jack Kirby Collector #31 - 2001

I originally wasn't going to include this; because it's a magazine, not a comic. A magazine about comics, sure, but still a magazine, and I felt like I had to draw the line somewhere.

But after Mark Evanier plugged this site on his newsfromme site, I got a flood (ok, five) of emails from people suggesting I add this. Now I can't imagine not putting it up here--it deserves to be included!

Before this issue, JKC was a regular-sized magazine, but the powers-that-be at TwoMorrows decided that this magazine would work more effectively in the classic treasury format. And boy, were they right! I started purchasing JKC as of this issue--for the exact reason above--and I find that as good as the mag is, the presentation makes it that much more exciting.

I can't imagine an artist more deserving of the treasury size than Jack Kirby, and seeing covers of his, and interior page art, at this big size is a real treat.

JKC has been in the treasury format for five years now, and I hope they continue to be successful for a long, long time. You gotta thank TwoMorrows for keeping the treasury format alive! Please go to their site and subscribe!

This issue features articles on Kirby's work for Topps Comics, Mark Evanier's F.A.Q. column, Giant-Man, The Fourth World books, the 2000 Kirby Tribute Panel, 2001, and Captain America's Bicentennial Battles, and lots more.

Wraparound cover by Kirby and Neal Adams.

Kirby Unleashed- 2004

This is Twomorrows' reprint and update of an original 1971 publication--a Jack Kirby portfolio!

Originally put together by the King's assistants, Steve Sherman and Mark Evanier, this book is a real smorgasboard of Kirby material--some text pieces, original penciled pages, a color gallery, photos, covers, newspaper strips, pin-ups, character sketches, and more!

I've said this here before, but I can't imagine any comic artist who benefits more from the treasury format--Kirby's work seemed to threaten to break out of the pages of a normal size comic, and the extra space just gave Jack that much more room to put things in. (In fact, Kirby was way ahead of the big two publishers about the potential of treasury-sized comics. Read Mark Evanier's comments regarding this at the bottom of this page)

This is an extraordinary book, and it'd be neat to see other artists get this treasury-sized, portfolio treatment...Neal Adams? Alex Ross?

Bonus! Below is the ad for the original Kirby Unleashed portfolio which appeared in various DC issues in 1972.

 
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