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Captain America The Classic Years

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Originally published at Comic Book Daily under my Bound Together column. In 1989 Marvel decided to give some Joe Simon and Jack Kirby works the deluxe treatment in the form of hardcover reprints.  The Fighting American, Captain America and Boys Ranch were reprinted as hardcover volumes outside of the Marvel Masterworks program that was in full swing.  At the time Masterworks were focusing on silver age Marvel works so these 1940s and 1950s works didn’t fit. Captain America The Classic Years was published in 1990: two 7.25×10.25″ hardcover volumes in…read more

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Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Volume 1

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Growing up I was a dedicated Marvel comics fan and didn’t stray much into DC territory.  Sure I caught the big books, Dark Knight, Watchmen, V For Vendetta, but it had to be making a lot of noise for me to look at it.  Unfortunately I came too late to the party to ever see Jack Kirby’s DC work; I started collecting in 1980 and I only bought back issues of books I was enjoying on the news stand.  From early on I was hooked on Kirby’s style: my first…read more

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Kirby: King Of Comics by Evanier

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Jack Kirby is a giant legend in comics and everyone who has enjoyed a comic book in their life owes a tip of the hat to him.  Kirby: King Of Comics by Mark Evanier is a biography of Jack Kirby with a skewed “fanboy” perspective that will appeal to every Kirby fan, of which I count myself. In it’s 224 pages we get an excellent biography of Kirby’s comic career, covering everything from his childhood sketches to final works.  Sprinkled among the excellently written text are lots of artwork, like…read more

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