- Series: The Jack Kirby Omnibus
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (August 9, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401231071
- ISBN-13: 978-1401231071
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jack Kirby Omnibus Vol. 1: Starring Green Arrow Hardcover – August 9, 2011
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Much of this book has never been reprinted before, or at least in this country. There are a few pieces that Simon and Kirby did for Real Fact Comics upon their return from military service. Regrettably "Pirate Or Patriot?" was not included in this archive. This is surprising since the cover and another story from the same issue were reprinted. The largest part of the book is devoted to work that Jack Kirby did during his second period of working for DC from 1957 to 1959. Among this are reprints from titles like House of Secrets, House of Mystery and My Greatest Adventure. I usually refer to them as horror genre but of course this was done during the Comic Code period so perhaps mystery, fantasy or in some cases science fiction would be better descriptions. The only superhero genre included are some Green Arrow stories and there is also a single western story.
During his first period of working for DC with Joe Simon, Kirby had a lot freedom in plotting and rewriting scripts. Unfortunately during his return to DC that was not the case. Still Jack did manage at times to have some creative input into the writing most notably in the Green Arrow stories which were unlike any other superhero stories published by DC at that time.
Artistically the work Kirby did reprinted in this archive was just fantastic but that can be said about the art from any part of his long career. What really sets the work in this archive apart is the inking. Fans often argue about who was the best inker of Kirby's pencils. Personally I feel they almost always get it wrong.Read more ›
The varied plots give Kirby the opportunity to explore all kinds of avenues -- a man floating just below his ceiling, men and cities made of fire, stone creatures, etc. -- and Kirby does so in inimitable Kirby fashion. While others simply illustrated sci-fi stories with the same mundane lines and brush strokes they used in other venues, Kirby throws himself into his subjects and gives them a richness that stands apart.
As these pre-date what I call the Kirby "power" years, when his characters all seemed to take on the bodies of weight lifters, this era showcases the lithe, fluid forms that Kirby was so gifted at capturing, from his Stuntman days to the very early days of the Fantastic Four. Like Kirby's subsequent work on Marvel's mystery and suspense titles, these stories display what I consider one of Kirby's richest eras.
If you like Kirby at his most raw and explorative, you'll love this book.
The first part of the book contains a variety of monster and sci-fi stories done by Jack Kriby in issues of "House of Mystery," "House of Secrets," and "Tales of the Unexpected." The second part of the book contains a collection of "Green Arrow" stories done by Jack Kirby for DC Comics during the late 1950's.
Green Arrow and his sidekick Speedy find themselves coming more up against monsters and aliens as the stories in the series become more oriented towards a sci-fi sort of bent. DC Comics did not like where Kirby was taking the Green Arrow series back then and was removed from the series.
If you presume that this whole volume is comprised of GREEN ARROW stories, you'll be VERY disappointed. Yes, this volume contains the totality of Kirby's work on the emerald archer, but that does not amount to much. Most of his output for DC in the 1950s were horror tales that make up the majority of stories in this volume.
If all you want are the GA stories, you may want to hold off on buying this pricey hardcover and hope that DC will publish a much less expensive, compact volume containing only those.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Collecting most of writer-artist Jack Kirby's miscellaneous work for DC in the 1940's and 1950's, this collection also features a ten-story run on Green Arrow that might have... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jonathan Stover
this book made me look into more Kirby - Simon reads, I highly recommend it. Don't be thrown by the cover, very little Green arrow stories in it. Unless that's what you want.Published 20 months ago by Brad T. Thornsbrough
Well, it's Kirby. If you know the King, you will love this. I actually like "KIRBY, King of Comics", by Mark Evanier, a little better. Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by Tim G