Pair of major Kirby reprints in the latest solicitations. Big news is of course the S&K SUPERHEROES book, with a lot of great material in 480 pages. The 7.5×11 size is a bit smaller than the BEST OF S&K book, but bigger than the standard Marvel or DC reprint, the images should be close to their original golden age print size. Most sources are still listing it as coming out later this year (October, it seems), but that’s subject to change, and if you’re planning to get it from a comic book store now is a good time to let them know you’re interested. Page 315 of the April 2010 Previews, item APR101071.
And from Marvel, the Essential reprints get to Kirby’s 1970s run on CAPTAIN AMERICA, starting a few issues prior to his arrival and ending a few issues prior to his departure. Man, if they had made previous volumes a little bit thicker this would be so much better as an all-Kirby volume, running right to his last issue. Oh, well, still a good looking book if you don’t have the originals or the three volumes that reprint the stories in colour. Includes the delightful Bicentennial Battles.
THE SIMON AND KIRBY SUPERHEROES HC
(W) Joe Simon (A) Jack Kirby
Beginning with Blue Bolt in June 1940, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby set the standard for costumed heroes. Their creation Captain America, remains one of the most famous heroes in comic book history, and their work for Timely and DC Comics raised the bar. This volume introduces some of their most exciting characters: Fighting American, The Fly, Lancelot Strong, and the Hollywood swashbuckler known as Stuntman. Presenting the complete Fighting American, their first collaboration, “The Black Owl,” and Captain 3-D, lavishly restored and presented in full-color for the first time, this is the only edition authorized by both Joe Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby, gathered from the official Simon and Kirby archives. With an introduction from comics legend Neil Gaiman!
HC, 7.5×11, 480pgs, FC SRP: $49.95
ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 5 TPB
Written by JACK KIRBY, JOHN WARNER, TONY ISABELLA,
BILL MANTLO & MARV WOLFMAN
Penciled by JACK KIRBY & FRANK ROBBINS
Cover by JACK KIRBY
Captain America and the Falcon, two unlikely partners, united in battle against threats domestic, extraterrestrial, and extradimensional; evil psychiatrists, druids, and scientists; monsters, super-villains, and armies; and all the while balancing their love lives with Sharon Carter and Leila Davis! Featuring the threats of the Druid, the Alchemoid, Deadly Nightshade and her robot assassin, Stilt-Man, Dr. Faustus, the Secret Empire, the Night-People, and Agron! Plus, the first appearance of Karla Sofen, the future Moonstone and Ms. Marvel! And the mysterious Mister Buda leads Cap on a tour of the world’s wars!
Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #187-205, CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #3 and MARVEL TREASURY SPECIAL: CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES.
480 PGS $19.99