- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; Cmc edition (December 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563893851
- ISBN-13: 978-1563893858
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jack Kirby's New Gods Paperback – December 1, 1997
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Anyway, New Gods is important to have if you are a DC fan simply for its historical importance. Here is where such classic characters as Darkseid, Orion, Desaad, Mister Miracle, Lightray, Highfather and dozens of others got their start. Kirby created New Genesis and Apokalips (no this is not a spelling mistake) as a complete world unto itself but tied to the DC Universe. Similer to JRR Tolkein's work, it has different races of inhabitants, each with its own physical and cultural characteristics and histories. Such a feat should not be underappreciated because it clearly took a lot of work on his part to create such a complete concept. It usually takes years and a variety of creators for comic myths to grow into what they are today (look at Superman and Batman for example) but Kirby did it virtually on his own and in a very short period of time. I think that the word "genius" is overused, but there is no other way to describe Kirby. He was a comic book genius.
His arwork, though dated, retains a unique charm and its easy to see how many current artists continue to be influenced by his work.Read more ›
The poor paper is bad enough. By the time this was printed in 1998 we as a species knew enough to treat comics with some measure of respect. I've got a first edition trade paperback of Frank Miller's "Ronin" on beautiful bright white paper printed in 1987, over ten years earlier. Once again, the industry is giving Jack Kirby short shrift.
The coloring job is pretty poor, too. If only this had been reprinted in line art from the original inks, on real paper, it would have been really great. As it is, only the art and story -- all Kirby, flaws and brilliance intact -- make this a worthwhile buy.
Before the mid-1980s or so, comics were colored for a certain kind of printing press. After comics switched to new printing processes, the old presses were mostly destroyed. The only color for older comics like Jack Kirby's exists in the form of plates for these old presses; since they don't exist any more, the original color art cannot be reproduced.
And you probably wouldn't want them to be printed that way anyway, because, let's face it, old comics were printed pretty poorly.
The only solution is to re-color the entire comic, which Marvel has done with some of its Masterworks series. It's probably expensive and difficult to get someone to re-create the color schemes for these old comics, so it's only done with high-profile titles (the Incredible Hulk comes to mind).
Titles like Kirby's New Gods and Moore, Bissette, and Totleben's Swamp Thing get released in black & white. I personally think they're better for it.
These great stories from his DC tenure showed that he obviously could.
These are a bit reminescent of his own Silver Surfer stories done for Marvel and the great 'Star Wars' franchise (before it was even a franchise)...without the universe consuming demigods and laser sabres. They are stories of the evil Darkseid and his minions trying to imprison the forces of good--fought and frontlined by his battlescarred, motherboxed, boomtubed son, Orion. They are fabuloso stories. In recent times a brief exposure to his Fourth World series was done in the WB cartoon series "Superman".
Kirby, alas, was unable to develop his dream universe at DC--my opinion is because of the dreaded "industry think" of the comics at the time. No profit, no PR, no support. And so, one can detect a faltering of the quality and the confidence this great series promised. One of the things I did notice was that when Superman was sketched in his great Jimmy Olsen series, the powers that be always redid the Man of Steel's face by some other in house artist like Al Plastino or Curt Swan or Anderson. (This practice did produce some stunning covers by Kirby and fan favorite Neal Adams--I think I also saw a stunning drawing by Kirby and Barry Winsor-Smith.) But overall fan reaction was "How dare they mess with the King?" Yeah--HOW DARE THEY?Read more ›
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For two years starting in 1970, Jack Kirby created The Fourth World, an epic (graphic novel) of 55 comics told over 4 interlocking titles (NEW GODS, Jimmy Olsen, Forever People and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brad Barnes
The story and line work are amazing. Not however that it is not in color, and instead of leaving Jack Kirby's beautiful line work on its own, they replaced the color with crappy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Abraham
This work interested me because of its premise: the old Gods, like Thor and Odin, die and are replaced by a new group of super-powered beings who help to govern the universe. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Nicholas J. Nuttall
Regardless of the art direction decision to include new greys in the artwork, Kirby's brutal genius with a pencil shows through loud and clear. Read morePublished on August 15, 2007 by J. Chandler
The New Gods. The Fourth World. Whatever you call it, it's Jack Frickin' Kirby. You have to suffer through the "soft" Vince Colletta inks until you get to the Mike Royer "hard... Read morePublished on November 11, 2006 by Michael W. Bass
I found the shading they used to approximate the colors incredibly distracting. It muddied the art to the point where it seriously impaired my ability to track what was going on... Read morePublished on June 22, 2005 by M. Fugate
In what was surely a misguided attempt to mock their boss's penchant for colorizing classic movies, the gentle subversives at DC comics did the reverse with Jack Kirby's classic... Read morePublished on January 31, 2005 by J. Deighton
I am waiting for Mark Evanier and the folk's at DC to realize Jack Kirby's Fourth World isn't complete without the DNA Project, Intergang, Dabney Donovan, the Evil Factory and ... Read morePublished on August 2, 2001 by William Fout
In the mid-60's, comics veteran Jack Kirby was at the absolute height of his creative powers, knocking out more new characters and wild concepts in a few years than most creators... Read morePublished on June 17, 2001 by Henry R. Kujawa