365 Days of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World

On the Jack Kirby Museum website, Jon B. Cooke has a new weblog called 365 Days of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World. Jon is a terrific comics researcher, so I recommend you all check out his work.

//kirbymuseum.org/blogs/365fourth/

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Since Jon is going to focus exclusively on Jack’s 4W, I’ll try not to post too much (or any) of Jack’s work from that period here for the next year.

I do feel this individual post needs something a little more, so here’s a small glimpse of the type of thing you might be seeing on Jon’s Kirby 4W weblog. This is the cover from The Forever People # 1 (Feb 1971), Kirby/Giacoia. Strange that Frank Giacoia inked this cover — I don’t recall him inking any of Jack’s other 4W material. This may have been the last Kirby/Giacoia combination on a cover until Jack returned to Marvel in 1976 and Kirby/Giacoia worked on Captain America.

Here is the double-spread from the same issue (pages 2 – 3), inked by Vince Colletta. I included a close-up of each individual page of the splash so you can take a closer look at the details and see how the pages worked on their own.

I’d hate to be sitting in the front seat of that thing. Don’t they have a seat for Beautiful Dreamer?

My Uncle had a three-wheeler in the 1970s and we used to drive it all over a little apple tree/pear tree orchard he owns in Western Illinois. Incredibly fun, but three-wheelers are dangerous, they’re hard to control when making sharp turns at fast speeds, and they roll over really easily which is not a good thing if you’re out in the woods somewhere far away from help (and as you all remember, there were no cell phones back then). Three-wheelers are also hard to steer — I saw my Dad go careening headfirst into a big woodpile one time when he was going way too fast down a hill.

I guess the Kirby Forever People ATV was Jack’s 4W version of the famous Batmobile.

I wonder why all superheroes don’t have their own unique customized vehicles. Even Spider-man had a tricked-out ride: the spider buggy. Nice rims!