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Nice volume. A lot of the line reproduction is really sharp. I understand this is because Joe Simon had a considerable amount of original art (lot’s of which is now being offered via Heritage Auctions) as well as old stats. Even a lot of the BLUE BOLT stories look like Simon must have had stats. I’ve never been too thrilled with the color in these Titan books. The colors for what ever reason tend to come off dark and can make it difficult to pick up the line work.
As a bonus there is a good deal of fantastic Al Williamson art in the book. Several stories where he inks Kirby and stories by Williamson alone as well as Williamson inking Reed Crandall. You also get some solo efforts by Wally Wood and Reed Crandall.
An excellent series of blog posts by Martin O’Hearn assigns script credits to many of the stories in the Titan collection as well as other ’40s and ’50s era Simon and Kirby work.
I agree that some of the colors used throughout the book are too intense. There are a few too many heavy reds, purples, blues and greens, and not enough naturalistic, lighter percentages of color. When the colors are too dense, they tend to overpower the line art and make the pages less visually appealing — which is exactly the opposite of what the coloring SHOULD do. So that’s something Titan will have to pay a bit more attention to in future volumes.
Having said all that, however, I think it’s still a reasonably attractive book and worthy of any Kirby fan’s attention.