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KIRBYOLOGY: The Glory of Jack Kirby and Geof Darrow’s Mad Machinery

KIRBYOLOGY: The Glory of Jack Kirby and Geof Darrow’s Mad Machinery

My favorite comic artists are Jack Kirby (duh) and Geof Darrow. Aside from their prodigious, unearthly imaginations, they wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common — though they did share a workplace for a while, toiling in animation for Hanna-Barbera. The experience wasn’t a creative peak for either, athough it honed Darrow’s skills and

KIRBYOLOGY: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, and the Relief of Not Knowing It All

I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey for the zillionth time recently (at Chicago’s wonderful Music Box Theater). As usual, I loved the film. My only regret? Not being high. As this classic tale of ape people, less-hairy ape people, insane computers, and mysterious monoliths unfolded, I couldn’t help thinking about Jack Kirby’s massive treasury adaptation

KIRBYOLOGY Interview: Ed Piskor on Jack Kirby, His Inkers, and Things You Can Only Do in Comics

One of the highlights of Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design is a vibranium-fueled panel featuring Jack Kirby’s most famous creation: In my Kirby-centric conversation with Piskor — Part 1 is here — I expressed admiration for this Nazi-bashing scene. To me, this action-packed panel is like a window into an alternate universe where Piskor did Captain

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

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