|The new book. Art by Neal Adams (based on|
What can one say about JACK KIRBY that hasn't already
been said by those far more proficient at bending words to their will
than I'll ever be? I'm a huge fan of the man and his work - but without
the tendency to deify him in the way that some fans do. You know the
sort of thing I mean - "Jack's art should have been printed directly
from his pencils", "Jack should've been allowed to be his own
editor", "No one else should've been allowed to dialogue
his stories", etc.
storyteller when it came to laying out a comicbook - had a tin ear for
dialogue, making his scripting somewhat less than the dynamic, pulse-
pounding match for his pencilling that it should've been. Also, Jack's
art in later years began to suffer from the accumulation of 'shorthand'
techniques he'd developed to allow him to draw so many pages
on a monthly basis throughout his long career and not miss
WORLD one-shot from 1971. This was a companion mag to In
The DAYS Of The MOB (which I hope DC will also reissue in the
same deluxe format), both of which were attempts by Jack to venture
beyond the boundaries of mere comics-for-kids with proper, 'legitimate'
magazines that grown-ups would buy. MARK EVANIER reveals the
details behind those attempts (and their failures) in his informative in-
troduction to the second portion of the book, so I won't spoil your
anticipation of reading it for yourself (if you're going to buy a
copy) by repeating them here.
|Interior page from magazine. Inked by Vince Colletta|
|Please, DC - this one next|