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

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

The Comics Classroom: Captain America as Modern American Myth

With the global impact of Avengers: Infinity War still raging on in theaters around the world, I think now is as good a time as any (possibly, the best time, even) to address something about comics. I am very invested in what I can only call at the moment ‘comic mythology,’ a term I am

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

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA #700

CAPTAIN AMERICA #700 Written by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee Art by Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson, Joe Caramagna, Jack Kirby Edited by Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: April 11, 2018 As Mark Waid’s “King Captain America” story draws to an abrupt, slapdash close, at least it can be said that the

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: 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

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