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By now, if you've seen the other three posts in this run and are
really serious about collecting classic comicbooks, you'll want to add
these issues to your collection. (Assuming that you don't already have
them, naturally.) Don't know where to start? Panic ye not, O DC disciple.
All of JACK KIRBY's CHALLENGERS Of The UNKNOWN tales are
available in an Omnibus Edition which should be available at your local
comicbook store. (Why not give FORBIDDEN PLANET a try?)
You might even be able to pick up the previous two volumes of
the DC ARCHIVES books which featured the tales.
Interestingly, the Challs mag was still running when Jack Kirby
returned to DC in 1970, but was cancelled shortly afterwards. A hand-
ful of reprint issues were subsequently published in the early '70s, and the
series was later revived for a short time, but not until after JK had departed
DC. There seems to be debate over who actually created and wrote the strip;
some sources credit Jack Kirby alone, others attribute it to Jack and DAVE
WOOD. There always seems to be controversy around 'The King'. JOE
SIMON claimed to have created CAPTAIN AMERICA on his own,
Jack claimed to have been solely responsible for every good thing at
MARVEL, and even his best-known '50s DC work has a cloud
of uncertainty over who did what. Pattern or coincidence?
Meanwhile, it's poor ol' STAN LEE who carries the can for
being a 'glory-hog'. Hardly seems fair to me, I gotta say!