Wednesday, 23 July 2014

YIPPEEE! PART FOUR OF JACK KIRBY'S CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN COVER & IMAGE GALLERY...


Images copyright DC COMICS

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 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.  (Gve 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 title was still going when Jack returned to
DC in 1970, but was cancelled not too long afterwards.  A handful
of reprint issues were subsequently published in the early '70s, and the
series was later revived for a short time, but not 'til after JK had depart-
ed DC.  There seems to be debate over who created and wrote the strip; 
some sources credit Jack Kirby alone, others Jack and DAVE WOOD
There always seems to be controversy around 'The King'.  JOE SIMON
said he created CAPTAIN AMERICA on his own, Jack claimed to be
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!
    







4 comments:

baab said...

Okay,I am convinced.
I must purchase these.
Fine example of the 'King' at work.
Looking forward to seeing what Wally Wood brings to the art also.

Kid said...

Look at the splash pages in part three (The Wizard of Time) of these posts, Baab, for a particularly good example of Wally Wood's inking. If you compare them to the splash pages in part one, you'll see the difference.

baab said...

Oh my,he certainly adds more than just a little bit of 'Wally Wood' to it.
Blonde guy on the right of the screen should be in THUNDER Agents!
Very interesting.
Thanks for that.

Kid said...

No bother, Baab. You should be able to obtain the relatively recent Omnibus edition containing all Jack's stories without much trouble. I've got the earlier two volume Archives editions, which are very nice indeed.

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