Thursday, 17 March 2016
RECOMMENDED READING - COMIC BOOK APOCALYPSE: THE GRAPHIC WORLD OF JACK KIRBY...
Much as it pains me to admit it, I can do no better at
describing this book - a companion to an exhibition of JACK
KIRBY art at California State University - than to quote from the
spiel on the back cover: "COMIC BOOK APOCALYPSE...spot-
lights Kirby's art from the mid-'60s through the '70s - his most sub-
lime and mind-bending work. Illustrated with more than 100 im-
ages from such classic series as The FANTASTIC FOUR, The
NEW GODS, and KAMANDI, and with a store of essays by
artists, storytellers, and scholars, this book provides the in-
sightful, in-depth commentary that Kirby has always
deserved." (Published by IDW.)
One thing to remember perhaps, is that Jack Kirby was a
comicbook artist with no illusions about the nature of the work
he produced. From a quick read of one of the essays that accom-
panies the art, there seems to be a desire to impose a pretentious
meaning or motivation to some images that can be nothing more
than wishful-thinking on the part of the writer. Thankfully, it's
Jack's art which is the main attraction here, not the imagina-
tive if-specious over-analysis by any of the 'scholars'.
You can buy this beauty from your local comicbook
store right now. Rush 'round right away!
Posted by Kid at Thursday, March 17, 2016