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Friday, 9 May 2014
LEE & KIRBY'S FINAL FLING - THE SILVER SURFER GRAPHIC NOVEL...
It was the last-ever collaboration between STAN LEE & JACK
KIRBY for MARVEL COMICS, and was published in 1978 - the year
Jack's Marvel contract ended and he entered the TV animation industry,
drawing storyboards for cartoons and pitching concepts for new shows.
He'd been back at the company he helped build for only three years, but
was not a happy chappie and was eager to move on. First 'though, he
had to fulfill his contractual obligations before he could wipe the
dust of Marvel from his feet forever.
Isolated from its FANTASTIC FOUR context, the SILVER
SURFER graphic novel is a not entirely successful 're-imagining' of
GALACTUS' first visitation to Earth with the intention of devouring
the planet's energy in order to sustain his existence. It's clear that Kirby
is following his original premise of the Surfer as a created being with no
history before Galactus brought him forth, but Lee superimposes his own
vision of the character (NORRIN RADD, SHALLA BAL, ZENN-LA,
etc.,) onto the story by means of his expository dialogue and captions.
It actually comes across more as a self- contained, illustrated idea
for a movie treatment than a 'canonical' fragment of the wider
Mighty Marvel tapestry.
As great as MIKE ROYER had been in faithfully reproducing
Kirby's pencils in some of his other Marvel mags of the period, it was
refreshing to see JOE SINNOTT assume his rightful place as inker on
Jack's Surfer pages for what would be the final time. However, something
still doesn't seem quite right in many places throughout the book. True,
there are occasional welcome reminders of past glory, but Jack's figure-
work had deteriorated beyond the point of even Sinnott being able
to completely disguise, despite his potency with a brush.
However, it's a noble effort, and not quite as bereft of worthi-
ness as I've perhaps made it sound. Diehard Kirby fans are bound to
love it, as are fans of Lee's mastery of the written word. It's not quite up
there with the original 'Galactus Trilogy', but as the last outing of the co-
creators of the Marvel Universe, it deserves to be on every true Marvel
fan's bookshelf. Seek out a copy on eBay now! In the meantime,
enjoy this brief glimpse of some of the contents below.
Below is Jack's original cover idea, on which EARL NOREM's
1978 published version was based. Which one do you prefer?
Posted by Kid at Friday, May 09, 2014