A few recently scheduled Kirby things. Not sure how much actual Kirby there’ll be in the KIRBY GENESIS comic, but the #0 issue does have his Pioneer plaque (and it sounds like the plaque plays a role in the story). Lots of stuff from Marvel, either tying in with movies or continuing their Masterworks line. DC’s KIRBY OMNIBUS is the big release from this list, all of his non-Challengers 1950s work for the company, plus a few stray 1940s pages. Genesis West is also offering a hardcover of JACK KIRBY’S GALACTIC BOUNTY HUNTERS through Diamond, but I’m not clear if that’s a new printing or just copies of the Marvel/Icon edition from a few years back.
THE JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS VOL. 1 STARRING GREEN ARROW HC
Written by VARIOUS
Art by JACK KIRBY and others
Cover by JACK KIRBY and MIKE ROYER
In 1957, Jack Kirby returned to DC Comics to draw the Green Arrow feature that ran in ADVENTURE COMICS and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS, pitting the Emerald Archer and his sidekick, Speedy, against a plethora of foes. At the same time, Kirby kept busy with work on DC’s mystery titles. These short tales spotlighted extraterrestrials and earthly monsters, nuclear threats and super-intelligent animals, magic wishes gone wrong and cities lost beneath the seas, challenging Kirby’s ever-fertile imagination in every story.
Now, for the first time, DC Comics collects all of Kirby’s many stories from the pages of HOUSE OF MYSTERY, HOUSE OF SECRETS, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, MY GREATEST ADVENTURE, ALL-STAR WESTERN, ADVENTURE COMICS, WORLD’S FINEST COMICS, as well as a trio of 1940s stories from REAL FACT COMICS.
On sale JULY 20 – 304 pg, FC, $49.99 US
KIRBY GENESIS #0
(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Alex Ross, Jackson Herbert (C) Alex Ross
The Kirby Event of the new millennium begins here, brought to you by the best-selling and award-winning creators of MARVELS! The Pioneer 10 space probe carried a message to the stars. Now an answer’s on the way – but not one we expected! When it arrives, the lives of three ordinary people – and the entire world – will be changed forever. Featuring Captain Victory, Silver Star and more of Jack Kirby’s greatest concepts, including characters never before seen in comics form! Kurt Busiek (Astro City) and Alex Ross (Kingdom Come) team up for their first full collaboration since 1994, with finished art (from Alex’s layouts) by Jack Herbert (Black Terror). Don’t miss this tantalizing prelude to KIRBY: GENESIS – a bold, explosive adventure debuting a universe of wild Kirby creations! This is the beginning. This is THE Genesis!
This 32 page book will features a 12-page original story as well as tons of bonus materials!
THOR: WHOSOEVER WIELDS THIS HAMMER #1
Written by STAN LEE, LARRY LIEBER & CHRISTOS GAGE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY & MARCO TORRICELLI
Cover by TOM RANEY
Thor, smiting threats to humanity throughout the world! In his earliest adventures as the God of Thunder, Thor faces such foes as the alien Stone-Men of Saturn, the evil dictator the Executioner and communist spies behind the Iron Curtain! And closer to home, can Dr. Donald Blake ever win the love of nurse Jane Foster? Collecting JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83-84 and #88, fully remastered with modern coloring. Plus: an all-new framing sequence by Christos Gage (AVENGERS ACADEMY) and Marco Torricelli.
64 PGS./One-Shot $4.99
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 6 TPB
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Cover by JACK KIRBY
Continuing their greatest-hits streak on the “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine,” Stan Lee and Jack Kirby weren’t content just to introduce the Inhumans, Galactus and the Silver Surfer. No, a three-peat was thinking far, far smaller than the most amazing team in comics’ history imagined. Their followup was a heart-wrenching tale of tragedy and heroism titled “This Man! This Monster!” If this story doesn’t make you come to love Benjamin J. Grimm, then yer heart must be made of orange rock, fella! Because the greatest Fantastic Four story wasn’t enough, Stan and Jack had yet another unmatched milestone waiting in the wings: the debut of the world’s first African super hero, the Black Panther, and his kingdom of Wakanda! And that’s just the start! In the pages of this MARVEL MASTERWORKS, you’ll also encounter the vile Klaw; see the Silver Surfer go toe-to-toe with the Thing; watch the Human Torch face his namesake, the original 1940s Torch; and wonder in shock and awe at how the Fantastic Four can hope to overcome Dr. Doom when he’s wrested the Power Cosmic from the Surfer himself! We can’t guarantee you won’t wear out the pages of this volume reading stories this great again and again! You may want to order two just in case! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #51-60 and ANNUAL #4.
240 PGS. $24.99
X-MEN VS. AVENGERS/ FANTASTIC FOUR TPB
Written by ROGER STERN, TOM DEFALCO, CHRIS CLAREMONT & STAN LEE
Penciled by MARC SILVESTRI, KEITH POLLARD, JON BOGDANOVE & JACK KIRBY
Cover by KEITH POLLARD
Two titanic tussles for the price of one! First: When Magneto’s on trial, he needs all the help he can get — and he finds it in the remnants of his former fortress, Asteroid M! The X-Men aren’t sure what his scheme is, but they’re positive they don’t want the Avengers and the Soviet Super-Soldiers to find out before they do! It’s multi-team warfare with the eyes of the world on all three! Then: On the verge of disintegration, Kitty Pryde seems resigned to her doom — but the X-Men will do anything to save her, even bargain with a worse doom…Doctor Doom! What stunning secret prevents Mr. Fantastic and the Fantastic Four from saving the day instead? Is he terrified of failing because his greatest failure — the fateful rocket flight — might have really been his greatest success? Do the answers all come down to wunderkind Franklin Richards? Also featuring the X-Men’s fabulous first face-offs with the Avengers and Fantastic Four in Marvel’s early era! Collecting X-MEN VS. THE AVENGERS #1-4, FANTASTIC FOUR VS. THE X-MEN #1-4, X-MEN #9 and FANTASTIC FOUR #28.
272 PGS. $24.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA VS. THE RED SKULL TPB
Written by STAN LEE, GARY FRIEDRICH, ROGER MCKENZIE, J.M. DEMATTEIS, MARK GRUENWALD, ROY THOMAS & TONY SALMONS
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, JOHN ROMITA, SAL BUSCEMA, MIKE ZECK, RON LIM, ARVELL JONES & TONY SALMONS
Cover by JACK KIRBY
For decades, Captain America, Super-Soldier for the United States, and the Red Skull, evil agent of the Third Reich, have been the most bitter of foes! After multiple battles during World War II, both men have survived into the modern age, where the fights have only grown deadlier! With Cosmic Cubes, race riots, giant robots, an army of mind-controlled S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and haunted houses, the Red Skull just keeps coming back for more! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1; TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #79-81; and CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #143, #226-227, #261-263 and #370; and material from CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #13 and CAPTAIN AMERICA: RED, WHITE & BLUE #1.
264 PGS. $24.99
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS MAGAZINE #1
Written by JEFF PARKER & STAN LEE
Penciled by ROGER CRUZ & JACK KIRBY
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
For millions of years, mankind’s place on Earth was unchallenged — until five young people paved the way for a new kind of human! Join the first team of X-Men — Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast and Iceman —in the untold, all-ages adventures from their time as students at Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Relive X-Men stories from the team’s heroic past — including their first appearance by comics legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby — and get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS comics! Collecting X-MEN FIRST CLASS #1 and #5, and X-MEN #1 — plus all-new interviews and feature articles!
104 PGS. $9.99
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOL. 2 TPB
Written by STAN LEE with DENNIS O’NEIL
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA with JACK KIRBY & GENE COLAN
Cover by JACK KIRBY & DEAN WHITE
The classic adventures of the Man Without Fear reach new heights in his second MARVEL MASTERWORKS collection with the debut of not just one, but two seminal Daredevil artists! Kicking it off, John Romita takes DD into the heart of the Savage Land to do battle with the Plunderer and meet none other than Ka-Zar! If learning Ka-Zar’s origin wasn’t thrilling enough, then surely a Daredevil/Spider-Man team-up ought to enhance your excitement! In a story featuring Romita’s first-ever artwork on Spidey, these two highflying heroes give the Masked Marauder what-for — but only after duking it out themselves, natch. Next comes the debut of Daredevil’s classic nemesis, the Gladiator — and before you know it, enter another amazing artist: Gene Colan. Just in time to close out our volume, the Dean of Delineation lends his pencil to the first of what would become a nearly uninterrupted seven-year tenure on the Man Without Fear. Come experience it all from the very beginning with the MARVEL MASTERWORKS! Collecting DAREDEVIL #12-21.
224 PGS. $24.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME PREMIERE HC
Written by MARK WAID with STAN LEE
Penciled by JORGE MOLINA with JACK KIRBY
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
When the Avengers pull a mysterious, tattered soldier from the sea, they unwittingly bring back to life the Living Legend of World War II — a man whose memories of a life sixty years ago are as fresh as yesterday! How will Steve Rogers, frozen in suspended animation for half a century, adapt to the world of the 21st century? Brought to you by super-scribe Mark Waid (CAPTAIN AMERICA, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE artist Jorge Molina! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME #1-5, plus the classic AVENGERS #4 (1963).
144 PGS. $19.99
JACK KIRBY’S GALACTIC BOUNTY HUNTERS HC
(W) Lisa Kirby, Steve Robertson (A) Mike Thibodeaux
An all-new series featuring characters and concepts created by Jack “King” Kirby! Meet the Berkleys, your typical suburban California family. But when young Garrett Berkley discovers his parents’ secret — that the science-fiction stories his father writes aren’t fiction at all, but autobiography — he’s blasted into a whole new universe of adventure, mystery and danger! Now, Jack must put down his pen, reassemble his old team and take up the mantle of being a Galactic Bounty Hunter for one final mission! Collects Jack Kirby’s Galactic Bounty Hunters #1-6.
HC, 256pgs, FC $24.99