Busy half-year for Kirby publications. Highlight of the half-year is the Newsboy Legion reprint of golden age S&K material from DC.
Only one issue of TwoMorrows’s long running fan magazine, with some interesting stuff on 1960s Marvel, plus some stories from Kirby’s work for Gilberton’s WORLD AROUND US.
A few reprints from DC. Obviously the Newsboy Legion one is the most important. Really good stuff, and their reproduction from printed comics improves with every book. A few of Kirby’s more obscure 1970s creations with only one published story each get reprinted in books collecting later appearances of the characters.
A few reprints of public domain material, Lockjaw and Earl the Rich Rabbit in the IDW book and a few crime stories in the Pure Imagination re-issue of the 1980s Eclipse collection.
GOLDEN COLLECTION OF KLASSIC KRAZY KOOL KIDS COMICS [IDW]
TEEN-AGED DOPE SLAVES AND REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS TPB [Pure Imagination]
And of course a raft of reprints from Marvel in various formats. The recent re-coloured reprints of the Tales of Asgard back-ups get collected. The old hardcover Masterworks line has one volume with a lot of Kirby monsters, while the softcover line has a whole lot of his super-heroes. The black-and-white Essentials line gets to some 1970s material where Kirby did the covers, and a few other reprints had single Kirby stories.
THOR: TALES OF ASGARD BY STAN LEE & JACK KIRBY HC
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES TO ASTONISH VOL. 3 HC
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1 TPB
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOL. 1 TPB
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: IRON MAN VOL. 1 TPB
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SILVER SURFER VOL. 1 TPB
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 4 TPB
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 3 TPB
ESSENTIAL AVENGERS VOL. 7 TPB
ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 8 TPB
AVENGERS: I AM AN AVENGER TPB
X-MEN VS. AVENGERS PREMIERE HC
X-MEN VS. FANTASTIC FOUR PREMIERE HC
No slowdown in the second half of the year. The highlight should be the second book Joe Simon is doing through Titan, THE SIMON AND KIRBY SUPERHEROES, a 480 page hardcover including just about all the non-DC/Marvel superhero work the duo did, including the complete Fighting American, Stuntman and a lot more. Last I heard the hope was to have some copies out for the San Diego Con in a few weeks, and general release soon after. Also highly anticipated from DC is THE BOY COMMANDOS BY SIMON & KIRBY HC, the first book of one of the great kid-gang feature. Also one more issue of THE JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR this year, probably some more public domain reprints and of course a bunch of stuff from Marvel, heavy on the Thor for obvious reasons. Updates over here, as usual.