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Saturday, 16 November 2013
PART TWO OF KIRBY'S CAPTAIN AMERICA COVER GALLERY...
JACK KIRBY did his best with CAPTAIN AMERICA (& The
FALCON) when he returned to the title in the mid-'70s, but rumours
persist that he was sabotaged from within. Kirby reportedly felt that a
disproportionate amount of negative letters were published in the mag,
something to which he objected and complained about, 'though, as editor,
one would think he had the power to prevent. Obviously not, as he was
based out in California, and the letter columns were put together in
New York as a simple matter of expediency.
It's also rumoured that some of the new young turks openly
scoffed at Jack's pages when they arrived in the MARVEL offices,
being less than impressed with them in comparison to the work of other
artists in the fabled BULLPEN. As I said, he did his best, but the odds
seemed stacked against him from the start. His art was less fluid and
graceful than it had been in his heyday, and his style of scripting
appeared out of sync with then-modern sensibilities.
STAN LEE apparently interceded on his behalf, requesting that
more positive letters were chosen over less-flattering ones, but by then
it was too late. Jack was demoralised, and when his contract ended, he
presumably chose not to renew it, and to seek employment elsewhere.
A once mighty giant was at the end of his run, and never again created
anything that resonated to the same degree in the comicbook
field as his collaborations with 'Stan the Man'.
Jack returned to DC COMICS for a spell and completed his
FOURTH WORLD 'epic', but it was an unsatisfying anti-climax
that didn't really bear scrutiny. It's sad to see how age and illness took
its toll on the man who was once the 'King' of comics, but he belonged
to a vanished era, the likes of which neither he nor we would ever
see again. Such is life.
However, let's not end on a downbeat note. There's still much
to admire in the second set of 11 covers from his '70s run on Cap,
so admire away!
Posted by Kid at Saturday, November 16, 2013