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 KAMANDIand 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 FORBIDDEN
PLANET store right now.  Rush 'round right away!








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