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Were you all fired up to read Jack Kirby’s Silver Star back in the day? No? Yeah, no one was.

May 12, 2012

Everyone who loves comics loves Jack Kirby. Or almost everyone. There are holdouts out there who wear anti-Kirby iconoclasm like a badge of honor (like I do with Neal Adams). Anyway, the vast majority of us love Kirby. But the imaginative premises of his fertile mind started to get a bit thin in the later stages of his career. Silver Star, the “Homo Geneticus” creation of his 1980s Captain Victory period, is one of the more tired looking of these latter-day concepts. The alliterative Morgan Miller — born in a 1970s unproduced screenplay — looks like Kirby fused Galactus with Orion, then said “screw it” and moved on.

Have to love the Kirby dots though. And I like the “Visual Novel” terminology A LOT more than the offensively overused “Graphic Novel” — a soapbox I’ll mount at some later date.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2012 8:01 am

    One of the much-trumpeted claims by Stan Lee detractors is that he never created anything of note after Jack left Marvel, whereas (according to them) Jack continued creating right up to his death. What that fails to account for however, is that most of what he created wasn’t really up to much. Even his DC characters were not regarded as much of a success at the time, not being incorporated into the DC Universe in a mainstream way until many years later – under other hands who were eager to work with Kirby concepts out of a sense of nostalgia for what they’d read as kids.

    Like it or not, Stan was an important aspect in Jack’s accomplishments. Jack may have continued to ‘create’ after Marvel, but he never again reached the same heights.

  2. Kirbyfan permalink
    August 14, 2013 2:57 am

    Totally don’t agree!

    New Gods are some of the absolute best comic characters ever! In fact his DC work is some of the very best of his entire career!

    • December 4, 2013 11:22 pm

      And you’re allowed to disagree. Facts are facts ‘though. The books didn’t sell.

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