Major release from the latest solicitations is a big collection of the S&K Newsboy Legion features from the 1940s, containing most of their run (a second volume would be mostly non-S&K, except for some covers, and then about a half-dozen post-war stories by Kirby). Kirby’s first issue of KOBRA, presumably the published version with various rescriptings and pasteups, also gets reprinted with some later stories of the character. From Marvel, softcover Masterworks continue with FF v3 and ESSENTIAL AVENGERS v7 features a bunch of Kirby covers, plus a “dreaded deadline doom” issue that features a partial reprint of #16.
THE NEWSBOY LEGION by JOE SIMON AND JACK KIRBY VOL. 1 HC
Written by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Art by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby and others
Cover by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Originally featured in STAR SPANGLED COMICS #7-32 (1942-1944), The Newsboy Legion stars a group of scrappy boys who fight crime in their home of Suicide Slum. Watched over by adult hero The Guardian, The Newsboy Legion battles crime through their own newspaper, taking on crooked politicians, slum lords, fifth column agents and much more.
Advance-solicited; on sale March 24 • 360 pg, FC, $49.99 US
KOBRA: RESURRECTION TP
Written by Martin Pasko, Jack Kirby, Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann and Ivan Brandon
Art by Mike Nasser, Jack Kirby, Joe Bennett, Julian Lopez and others
Cover by Andrew Robinson
This graphic novel features the secret origin of KOBRA, the epic tale of their battle with CHECKMATE, the original KOBRA tale with art by Jack Kirby and more. Collected from KOBRA #1, DC SPECIAL SERIES #1, CHECKMATE #23-25 and KOBRA: FACES OF EVIL #1.
Advance-solicited; on sale February 17 • 144 pg, FC, $19.99 US
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 3 TPB
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Covers by JACK KIRBY & DEAN WHITE
Prepare yourself for another dose of the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine, courtesy of the world’s greatest comic collaborative team! Lee and Kirby set the standard for out-of-this-world imaginative adventure and launched the Marvel Universe with the Fantastic Four. Now, with all the Marvel U.’s super hero players in place, it’s time for the FF to run the gauntlet. The Thing throws down with the Hulk in a battle so huge it takes the combined might of the FF and the Avengers to stop it; the Sub-Mariner makes a play for Sue Storm; the FF tangle with the X-Men; Nick Fury drops by in the story that set the table for “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.”; and even Dr. Strange makes an ever so astral appearance! Oh, and there’s villains, too! The Mole Man makes his first return since FF #1; Dr. Doom threatens the FF once more, and if he’s not evil enough for you, just wait ’til you see the surprise identity of the Hate-Monger! Just for fun, you’ll also get the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android, the Puppet Master, the Red Ghost, the outer space Infant Terrible, and the villain fans love to hate—Diablo! Collecting THE FANTASTIC FOUR #21-30.
248 PGS./All Ages …$24.99
ESSENTIAL AVENGERS VOL. 7 TPB
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, TONY ISABELLA, SCOTT EDELMAN, GERRY CONWAY, JIM SHOOTER, BILL MANTLO & STAN LEE
Penciled by GEORGE PÉREZ, DON HECK, KEITH POLLARD, JOE SINNOTT, JOHN BUSCEMA, SAL BUSCEMA, PABLO MARCOS, GEORGE TUSKA, SAL TRAPANI & JACK KIRBY
Cover by GIL KANE
What do a Golden Age hero, a Western hero and a romance heroine have in common? They all join the Avengers during one of the team’s busier eras, presented here! Worlds, centuries and genres clash as the Avengers battle Kang in the past and the Serpent Crown on the Earth next door! Then, when civil war grips both Atlantis and Latveria, which side must the Avengers take? If it’s up to Doctor Doom, it’ll be the evil they know, not the evil they don’t! Plus: Graviton, the Grim Reaper, voodoo, mad science and more! Featuring the Champions, the Squadron Supreme and the Circus of Crime! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #141-163, ANNUAL #6 and SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #9.
480 PGS./All Ages …$19.99