Jack Kirby

Showcase 12 (January-February 1958)

George Klein is far from Kirby’s worst inker, but he doesn’t bring much to the art either. Maybe the subject matter is just inherently less visual. The Challengers track a criminal and his gang to an island–they’re lawfully deputized to work as a paramilitary vigilante organization, don’t you worry–and these ancient vials cause trouble. Giant […]

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Showcase 11 (November-December 1957)

Bruno Premiani should not ink Jack Kirby. I don’t know who Premiani should ink, or if he should ink at all, but he should definitely not ink Kirby. I couldn’t even tell this issue–a Challengers story–had Kirby pencils. It looks like someone imitating Kirby. Poorly. As for Dave Wood’s story, it’s decent enough but shows […]

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Showcase 7 (March-April 1957)

While there’s still nothing resembling character development for the original Challengers–scientist June Robbins offers to join, it’s unclear if she’s accepted, and Wood gives her a lot more personality than the boys–this issue’s really strong. Even someone only marginally familiar with Kirby’s work (like me) can see in this Showcase the ancestors of his New […]

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Showcase 6 (January-February 1957)

This Showcase predates Jason and the Argonauts. I wonder if someone on the movie read it–the Challengers of the Unknown face a giant, Greek or Roman looking statue monster who’s out to destroy civilization. Jack Kirby’s visuals are imaginative, even if the art isn’t as polished as it could be. The issue opens with some […]

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Creatures on the Loose 17 (May 1972)

For some inexplicable reason, probably because he liked to read himself (I don’t think Marvel paid by the word in the seventies), Roy Thomas has his protagonist spouting expository dialogue every panel. Thomas and Gil Kane do the feature, Guillvar Jones, and it’s beautiful to read. Kane eventually does have some weak panels, but most […]

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