- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Series: Marvel Visionaries
- Hardcover: 344 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (March 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785120947
- ISBN-13: 978-0785120940
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,617,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby - Volume 2 (Vol 2) Hardcover – March 24, 2006
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Some of the stories though...well it's a mixed bag. I found the romance stories and the Vision adventure to be adequate if nonsensical in the latter. The four! Captain America stories are compelling in their layout and design. But certain elements like when Cap defeats the Human Torch with a really, really wet mop are either silly (if your charitable) or insulting (if you're not). One wonders why Doctor Doom never used a wet mop to take out the Torch. Speaking of the tyrant, he's featured in a lavish 4-part story that is the highlight of this book. Doctor Doom gains alien cosmic powers and defeats the Fantastic Four! It is followed by a hilarous spoof of the same story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby almost worth the price of the whole book.
While the book didn't totally thrill me - The Thor vs. Mangog story felt repeative and dull - it did capture the attention of my children. This volume serves its purpose of sampling Kirby and honoring his contributions to Marvel comics. The stories aren't awful but adults may find them overrated if they're used to more contemporary stories. You might be better off sampling Kirby in one of the cheaper Essential books from Marvel Comics. Still, I have no regrets for purchasing this fun book.