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KIRBYOLOGY Interview: Ed Piskor on X-MEN, Flea Markets, and Gangsters

KIRBYOLOGY Interview: Ed Piskor on X-MEN, Flea Markets, and Gangsters

As a wee lad and puny teen, I loved the X-Men. I haven’t given a mutated shit for decades. Well, the movies are pretty good. But X-Men comics? Eh. Yet somehow, I am once again geeked beyond reason for an X-Men comic: Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design, which retells the X-Men saga in the style

KIRBYOLOGY Interview: Walter Simonson and His Irrepressible, Cosmic, Fantastic Four

Walter Simonson is, by any measure, one of the greatest comic book creators ever. He also might be the best post-Kirby creator on Kirby’s best creations: especially on Thor in the 80s and Orion in the early aughts. Both runs are classics. For my money, which I spend on too many comics, I don’t think

KIRBYOLOGY: The Sublime Joys of Jack Kirby’s Names

Jack Kirby is my religion, and like all religions, Unorthodox Kirbyism can be a strange duck. And I’m not talking about Destroyer Duck, created by Kirby and Steve Gerber. Let’s talk about Kirby’s character names—in all their Ugly Mannheim glory. For some, names like Scott Free and Baron Von Evilstein are evidence of how much

KIRBYOLOGY: The Most Kirbyesque Comics of the Year

This was a year of many great comics. I adored Moon Knight by Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood; Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign? by Geof Darrow; COPRA by Michel Fiffe; and The Wild Storm by Warren Ellis and Jon-Davis Hunt. But anyone can pick the best comics of the year. My job — as

KIRBYOLOGY: Heirs to Weirdness (and Badassness), Michel Fiffe and Benjamin Marra

Jack Kirby never got the credit and money he deserved when alive, but after leaving Marvel for DC in 1970, he did enjoy a certain degree of freedom. Sure, DC made some insane changes to his work — like redrawing Superman’s heads to match their house style — but the content of Kirby’s 1970s comics

KIRBYOLOGY: That Familiar Orange Monster (You Know Who)

Jack Kirby was a bit of a prophet, but he didn’t always foresee a rosy future of helpful satellites and friendly mother boxes. As Elana Levin pointed out in a fantastic article about a Forever People story, Kirby’s Glorious Godfrey is an uncanny dead ringer for a certain commander-in-chief. But I’m seeing familiar orange monstrosities

KIRBYOLOGY: Talking Kirby and Thor with Tom Scioli

All comic book artists are at least a little Kirbyesque, whether they know it or not. Jack Kirby’s insane resume of superhero, war, crime, sci-fi, and romance comics makes his influence inescapable. But the most blatantly Kirbyesque artist is probably Tom Scioli, who wears Kirby’s influence on his sleeve in projects such as Final Frontier,

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