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 FORBIDDEN
PLANET store right now. Rush 'round right away!
Posted by Kid at Thursday, March 17, 2016