The Eternals – written, drawn, and edited by Jack Kirby beginning in 1976 – is visually stunning, a bombastic treat loaded up with the King’s singular creativity. For 20 issues (including one Annual), Kirby and his collaborators – John Verpoorten on inks and letterers Gaspar Saladino, John Costanza, and Irv Watanabe handling the first four issues, Mike Royer taking over both for the rest of the series, and Glynis Wein neé Oliver supplying colors throughout – have assembled a fun, if inconsistent, comic book epic that practically rattles with potential. The new Eternals: Complete Collection is worth a read, though best when taken on its own terms. [Read more…] about Should You Read Jack Kirby’s Eternals Before The MCU Movie?
I’ll be the first to admit, I just didn’t get Jack Kirby for a good long while after becoming a comic book fan. More and more, I’m learning I’m not alone in this. There’s something about Kirby’s bombast, and a million ideas per square inch that can be surprisingly challenging. Sure, the man’s clearly an artistic genius, but without Stan’s dialogue on Fantastic Four, would all that brilliance be reduced to the snooze-fest like the late 70’s Eternals? [Read more…] about Darkseid, Orion & New Gods Reading Order! Jack Kirby’s Complete 4th World Saga
If you’ve been a part of the My Marvelous Year reading club since Jan 1. 2016, you know full well that we have now covered an entire decade of Marvel Comics, plowing through the 1960s in eight weeks.
If this is the first you’re hearing of My Marvelous Year, we’re reading 10 Marvel stories published during one calendar year each week. So the first week of 2016 we read Marvel Comics published during 1962 (plus Fantastic Four #1 in November 1961), the second week of 2016 we read Marvel Comics published during 1963, and so on. We just finished the 1960s and will start the 1970s on 3/4/16! You can sign up here! [Read more…] about 1960s Marvel Comics In Review – Every Series Ranked! Character Reading Orders!
For a readership obsessed with origin stories and continuity, it’s somewhat remarkable just how inarticulate the history of Marvel Comics can be. Show up to Marvel Comics in the 2000’s, and everything tells you this is the house that Stan Lee built. It doesn’t take much digging, though, to figure out there’s more to the tale than that. [Read more…] about Should You Read Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story?
Through my usual series of suave and gentlemenly maneuvers (lucky, I just got lucky), I managed to get my hands on an advance copy of Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. The insanely detailed biography covers the complete insider history of Marvel, from Captain America punching Hitler to present. I’m still making my way through the book (Jim Starlin and Steve Gerber are wreaking havoc on Marvel’s 70’s comics at the moment), but as I do so I’m finding that the book is providing a ton of inspiration to go back and enjoy early, iconic marvel story-lines. And you don’t get much earlier or more iconic than Fantastic Four #1. [Read more…] about Marvel Comics The Untold Story Rewind Review: Fantastic Four Number One