Friday, 28 August 2015

KID'S KLASSIC (KIRBY) KOMIC KOVERS - SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN...


Image copyright DC COMICS

Of all the titles that JACK KIRBY worked on for DC COMICS,
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN was the best of them, in my
opinion.  Maybe that was due to there being two recognizable charac-
ters with long established histories in the DC Universe, as opposed
to Kirby's other mags, but whatever the reason, it worked for me.

Having said that however, there's something not quite right about
the cover.  The point of impact where the bike hits Supes makes him
look far too big in relation to not only the bike, but also the rider and
Jimmy.  Perhaps it's as a result of someone tinkering with (or redraw-
ing) Jack's Superman figure, but the proportions are wrong.  It's still
a dynamic image 'though, with plenty of punch!  (There had been an
earlier, rejected version, which was later used as a cover on one
of a pair of reprint volumes.)

10 comments:

Colin Jones said...

If Kirby had stayed at Marvel then maybe things like the New Gods and Kamandi would have been part of my childhood memories which they're not :(

Kid said...

If Kirby had stayed at Marvel, I think you'd be (mostly) right, CJ. Maybe not Kamandi 'though, as that only came about because Marvel beat DC to the rights of Planet of the Apes.

Hissing Sid said...

Superman isn't too big. He's in the foreground!

Kid said...

Okay, I'll give you enough rope. He's still too big, foreground or not. The front wheel is making contact with Supe's body (or it's supposed to be) - the wheel - and everything else on the bike, come to that, is simply too small for where it's meant to be.

Phil said...

Happy birthday Kirby

Kid said...

He'd have been 98, Phil. Hard to believe he died in 1994.

Hissing Sid said...

The wheel isn't touching him.Its knocked him toward the foreground. The flashbang effect they added on confuses it.

Kid said...

You don't seriously imagine I'm unaware you're at the wind-up, do you? However, Superman's leg is under the wheel. It's quite obvious that, even allowing for foreshortening, Superman is too big in comparison to the circumference of the wheel and the rest of the bike and it's passengers. I'm right and you're wrong and you've shot your last bolt. Now...hiss off!

Phil said...

I just noticed the ex - pal on the cover.
Also one thing which really annoyed me was how they redrew Superman's face with a Kirby body. It was more distracting than using Kirby's own face.

Kid said...

Having seen reproductions of the pencils, Phil, I didn't mind it at all. They did the same thing (if I recall correctly) with Werner Roth's Superman faces in Lois Lane.

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