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In the Days of the Mob Hardcover – August 13, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401240798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401240790
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack "King" Kirby's comics career began in 1937 and continued for nearly six decades. After his fruitful collaboration with Joe Simon ended in the late 1950s, Kirby joined Marvel Comics, where the first issue of Fantastic Four cemented his reputation as comics' preeminent creator. A slew of famous titles followed that elevated Kirby to legendary status, including Incredible Hulk, Avengers and X-Men. Kirby returned to DC in 1971 with his classic "Fourth World Trilogy," which was followed by THE DEMON, KAMANDI and OMAC. Kirby continued working and innovating in comics until his death in 1994.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Cook on August 24, 2013
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I still remember the day I was flipping through old Warren magazine boxes in a used book store and happened to stumble across a copy of Hampshire Distribution's (also known as DC) little known gem, IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB. It was black and white in magazine format with a cool pull out poster of public enemy #1 - John Dillinger still intact! It only cost me a buck and I was in heaven! One could certainly tell this must have been a labor of love for Jack Kirby as the passion certainly shined through each page of the oversize issue. And say what you like about the infamous inker, Vincent Colletta certainly knocked a home run on this little number. In fact, I put this one shot along side of the KING of comics best work! And who couldn't love the bizarre narrator of HELL itself, Warren Fry? What a brilliant supernatural slant on the mobster world.

Kirby was obsessed with the crime underworld growing up in New York City in the 30s where things were happening right in his backyard. This was to be one of the very first ventures after leaving Marvel for DC but the publisher had already dropped the title before the first issue even hit the stands. As with Hampshire's other Kirby outing, SPIRITWORLD, this proved the publisher was only "going through the motions" to lure Kirby over to their side.

Although the first issue did see the light of day on newsstands hidden along the mags, the second issue never did in this format only briefly making an appearance in fanzines or small digests here and there. It is great to finally see these two series getting a respectable release. As the proud owner of one of the original pages of comic art from the first MOB issue, I wondered if they would actually print the book without the ink wash as it is on the original art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By musiclover on November 13, 2013
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As much as I love Kirby's Fantastic Four and Thor and other super-hero comics, and as much as I love his monster comics and his westerns, In The Days Of The Mob is my all-time favorite Kirby. It's a tragedy that Carmine Infantino cancelled the magazine without giving it a chance. But Infantino knew if Kirby was a smash success, Kirby might end up with Infantino's job.

I take issue with the product blurb at the top of this Amazon page, stating "... IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB, which featured on stories of organized crime in the 1930s in the style of the TV series "The Untouchables" and "The Godfather" movies." Whoever wrote the blurb doesn't know that In The Days Of The Mob was published a year before the Godfather was released, so, NO, this Kirby masterpiece is NOT in the style of the Godfather. Nor is it in the style of The Untouchables. This is in the style of Jack Kirby, baby! Pure Kirby!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2013
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You can tell he threw his heart into developing this new format. Well researched, fast paced, lots of action. I challenge you to put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Klaw on December 24, 2013
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When the first issue of In the Days of the Mob premiered in 1971, Jack Kirby had already achieved legendary status in comics with the creation of Captain America, The Sandman, The Newsboy Legion, Challengers of the Unknown, the Fantastic Four, Thor, the Avengers, and even the romance genre. He left Marvel in 1970 to produce titles for their dread rivals DC. Shortly thereafter, Kirby created two black & white magazines: Spirit World and the above mentioned Mob. Both only lasted one issue. In 2012, DC collected the rare, lone issue of Spirit World along with four stories intended for the unpublished second issue in one volume. Now they've done something similar with In the Days of the Mob.

The handsome hardcover includes the entire first issue, complete with the text pieces and Sergio Aragonés cartoons plus the five comic stories intended for the second issue. In his introduction, John Morrow, editor of The Jack Kirby Collector, relates the tribulations surrounding the second issue. Some of the pages were incomplete or only grainy photocopies existed. Morrow and his team managed to complete the pages with existing Kirby collages and clean up the copies. Ultimately, the volume included the two rarely seen and three never-before-published Kirby tales.

Unlike most of his work during the era, In the Days of the Mob delivers some of the most realistic and non-bombastic work of Kirby's career combined with his always magnificent storytelling. Several of the effective tales rank high among the annuals of crime comics including "Ma's Boys," "Bullets for Big Al," "A Room for Kid Twist," and especially "The Ride!" With the last story, Kirby crafts a disturbing virtuoso of crime fiction with no blood and little violence.

The fantastic In the Days of the Mob reminds that Jack Kirby wasn't just "The King" of superheroes but of all comic book genres.
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