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Tuesday, 29 April 2014
PART TWO OF 'ETERNALLY YOURS, JACK KIRBY' - COVER GALLERY...
It's hard for me to believe, whenever I look at the cover of
The ETERNALS Annual at the foot of this post, that I bought this
mag 37 years ago. The summer's day I sat reading it in my livingroom,
in a chair we no longer have, at the side of a mantelpiece that no longer
exists, seems as fresh in my memory as more recent events. So much has
changed since then, so many friends and family have died - yet the comic
survives, in practically the same condition as when I bought it in 1977.
How near it seems, almost as if I could reach out and touch it (if you
know what I mean) - it sometimes simply astounds me that I'm
now living in a different century to the one in which this
comic was published and purchased.
Anyway, that's enough self-indulgent silliness from me for this
post, you'll be glad to hear. Now I can unleash the final ten covers of
JACK KIRBY's longest-lasting new mag, which he did (amongst others)
upon his return to MARVEL in the mid-'70s. To all but diehard fans, his
style of writing and drawing was 'out-of-sync' to the way things were then
being done by others in the field of comicbook endeavour. Kirby was still
'King', but it was more an honorary title than one that reflected the reality
of his then-current place in the scheme of things. Past accomplishments
had secured his place in the hall of fame, but they seemed long ago
and now others reigned from the throne that had once been his,
and his alone. Such is the nature of kingship, alas.
Yet Kirby's immortality is assured. He'll still be celebrated
and discussed long after the rest of us are forgotten, of that you
can be certain. And while you're pondering that simultaneously
sad and happy thought, don't forget to enjoy the cosmic comic
covers presented in this post for your personal perusal.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, April 29, 2014