2001 – A Space Odyssey #6 [1977] – Inter-Galactica

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Norton, our super-hero loving character from the previous issue, finds himself a long way from New York, on a spaceship under attack from a massive alien ship. Realizing that the aliens are after the alien Princess in the small capsule they found earlier, Norton takes off in that capsule to save his crewmates. That leads […]

2001 – A Space Odyssey #9 [1977] – Mister Machine

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The origin of Aaron Stack, aka X-51, now Mister Machine, eventually Machine Man, continues in this issue, as he’s imprisoned by the army, with his face removed. He uses his skills, including being able to impersonate voices, to escape his cell, and make short work of any forces sent against him, until Doctor Broadhurst orders […]

2001 – A Space Odyssey #5 [1977]

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This issue starts what is my favourite of Kirby’s SPACE ODYSSEY series, with “Norton of New York 2040 ADa tale of the near future. First we start with Harvey Norton, who participates in some live action super-hero roleplaying as White Zero in Comicsville. In the middle of the game he encounters the Monolith, which awakens […]

2001 – A Space Odyssey #1 [1976]

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After first adapting the movie for a tabloid format special, Kirby launched a monthly series to explore some of the ideas of the movie with his own unique flavour. The first half of the story goes into the prehistoric past and explores the life of “Beast-Killer”, an early man who was given an evolutionary push […]

2001 – A Space Odyssey #8 [1977]

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For the final three issues of 2001, Kirby introduced X-51, starting with “The Capture of X-51”. Seems the government has been experimenting with machines in the form of men, but found that the X-Series of robots tended to become unstable and violent. Doctor Broadhurst activates the built-in self-destruct for the robots, and they all explode. […]

2001 – A Space Odyssey #7 [1977] – The New Seed

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The idea of doing a comic continuing themes from the 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY film is even stranger than doing an adaptation of the film, but Kirby did it, and it allowed him to draw some interesting science-fiction stories (as well as eventually launching MACHINE MAN). The 7th issue looked at the giant floating baby […]

“Vira, The She-Demon” (k009)

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Posted in K100.

“Vira, The She-Demon” is a 17-page story by Jack Kirby from 2001 – A SPACE ODYSSEY #2 [1977], inked and lettered by Mike Royer and coloured by Janice Cohen. Kirby did a long tabloid sized adaptation of the 1968 film, followed by a ten issue series. As of now, this is the only major Kirby work […]

August 28, 1917

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Today is Jack Kirby’s 93rd birthday. Mark Evanier has a post with a neat photo. Harry Mendryk has a nice selection of original art scans. And if you haven’t already, check out Harry’s recently completed series of posts on the S&K romance comics. This link should lead you to a lot more around with blogosphere. […]

Panels – Things that are beyond description

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And a belated tip of the hat to Space Odyssey creator Arthur C. Clarke, recently passed on but forever remembered. from 2001 – A Space Odyssey #4 [1977]

Index of Posts – Chronological

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The following is a chronological index of links to posts on this weblog. “[C]” denotes it’s a book with just a Kirby cover, so most of those are in “gallery” posts with other covers. Champion Comics #9 [1940] – Cover Marvel Mystery Comics #12 [1940] – Cover Mystic Comics #7 [1941] – Cover Daring Mystery […]