Upcoming Kirby – Smithsonian Book…


There’s a Kirby story in the upcoming anthology THE NEW SMITHSONIAN BOOK OF COMIC BOOK STORIES: FROM CRUMB TO CLOWES (ISBN 1588341836). It’s a reprint of FANTASTIC FOUR #21, which seems like an odd choice, not really one of the best or even representative of his career, but there you go.

Book Description
The definitive collection by the most celebrated (and notorious) comic book artists of our time.

A panorama of some of the most creative and subversive art of our times, this one-of-a-kind anthology celebrates the artistry and insight of comic book art, graphic novels, and graphic journalism from the 1960s to the present. Classics such as R. Crumb’s I Remember the Sixties, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man saga “The Final Chapter” (from Spider-Man #33), and Dan Clowes’s Caricature are featured, plus new sequences of work by Chris Ware and Ben Katchor created exclusively for this volume.

Other sections include work by Gilbert Shelton and Paul Mavrides (“The Death of Fat Freddy”), Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb (“Jack the Bellboy and Mr. Boats”), Carol Tyler (“Labor”), Stan Lee and Jim Steranko (“The Strange Death of Captain America”), Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (“The Hate Monger”), Bob Kanigher and Joe Kubert (“Enemy Ace”), Will Eisner (“Izzy the Cockroach and the Meaning of Life”), Rick Geary (“Farewell to Charlie Chaplin”), Kaz (“Dream of the Pork Rinds Fiend”), Charles Burns (“Robot Love”), Gary Panter (“Jimbo”), Art Spigelman (“The Honeymoon” from Maus), Frank Miller with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley (“Born Again” from Daredevil), Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (“Dr. Manhattan” from Watchmen), Neil Gaiman with Charles Vess and Malcolm Jones III (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from The Sandman), Joe Sacco (“Hebron”), Jaime Hernandez (“Locos”), Gilbert Hernandez (“Pipo”), Dori Seda (“The Do-Nothing Decade”), Eddie Campbell (“Nobody Left at the Café Guerbois”), and more. The book is divided into four main galleries: Underground Comics, Silver Age Super Heroes, A Raw Generation, and Dark Fiction and Deep Fantasy, and includes a special supplement of four-color work by Lynda Barry and others as well. In his lively introduction Bob Callahan celebrates the achievements of American comic book art from the late 1930s to the present. An indispensible collection. 100 color, 300 b/w illustrations.

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