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The Simon & Kirby Library: Science Fiction Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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“At 320 pages, you’ll spend several days enjoying these stories of the future through the eyes of guys writing when Sputnik was circling the planet. Their own optimism and sense of wonder about far off, unknown worlds seeps through the pages of every story. Readers expecting classic comic books stories to be ho-hum will be surprised by how modern many of the tales feel. Their work also establishes early wide boundaries for the science fiction genre, expanding into fantasy, action/adventure and even horror.” – Borg.com
“It’s a great addition to a comics collection and a tribute to the skill of Simon and Kirby.” – Hearts on Fire Review
"Most old school fans primarily go to Simon & Kirby for the superhero stuff, but the fact of the matter is these guys produced top-of-the-line work in whatever genre they chose. Heartily recommended to lovers of good, basic comic book storytelling." - Blogcritics
"Amazing tales of aliens and madness in one collection from the godfathers of comics." - Crave gift guide
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From the Back Cover: Out of this world action!
From the very beginning Joe Simon and Jack Kirby loved science fiction. Their first collaboration was Blue Bolt, in the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon tradition, and the first series to carry the Simon and Kirby byline.
Among their finest stories were the Sputnik-era space adventures where, in addition to Kirby, Simon recruited legendary illustrators Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson and Wally Wood to bring his sensational science fiction concepts to life.
Collecting over 300 pages of thrilling science fiction comics, some never reprinted, with more than 80 pages restored from original artwork!
The thirties and forties were a time of great creativity in the book and pulp fiction world and, more so, in the comics world. And the most creative team was that of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Mostly everyone has heard of Captain America, well these two created him. However that is not all they did and their early works are lovingly collected for us in this extraordinary volume. "The Simon and Kirby Library: Science Fiction" spans more than 20 years, beginning with the first stories Joe Simon and Jack Kirby ever produced together. For me it is great fun to see Mr. Kirby's art change over the years as he polished his artistic skills; great at first, then getting better and better. Some of the great stories and art in this volume have not been seen since they first came out and there is more than eighty pages of restored original artwork.Read more ›
The book itself is a typical Titan book - great from the cover to the pages themselves.
I was a little disappointed about the number of stories included that did not include Kirby or Simon.
No complaints with the quality but since it is the Simon and Kirby Library I was expecting to see all or mostly Simon and Kirby.
Do admit that some comments had mentioned this.
It was interesting seeing the quality of the artwork evolve over time. The earlier issues are somewhat crude but as you flip forward the art keeps getting stronger. Kirby is not at his Marvel era peak yet but fun to see his work anyway.
I recommend this book if you are a Kirby and Simon fan and find it at a good price. I bought mine on Amazon from one of their partners. Delivery took longer but the price was good.
Here's what I love about "The Simon & Kirby Library: Science Fiction" in particular. As expected from Titan, beautiful book design. The dust jacket reproduces one of the splash pages from S&K's early Silver Age title "Race for the Moon," and different figures from the same title grace the hard cover and title pages as well. The introduction by Dave Gibbons is a fun and informative read, as are the brief introductions to each of the decades (1940s, 1950s and 1960s) covered. Reproduction of the art is spectacular, with the dot pattern and colors slightly subdued to match the higher quality printing and paper, and all the color areas registered within the black outline. Much of the later content is familiar to me, but as far as I know has never been collected as completely into one volume. I especially enjoy the stories from the 50s and 60s. You can see the seeds of Kirby's later creations for DC and Marvel here: Challengers of the Unknown derived from the 3 Rocketeers; the story "Today I am a..." foreshadowing every super-smart big-headed character of the 60s; the splash of "The Great Stone Face" strikingly similar to the cover of "Eternals" #1; "The Ant Extract" a direct antecedent to Ant-Man, just to name a few.Read more ›
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As usual a great Simon & Kirby book, I'm getting depressed because I think I have all of them now. Oh well time to start re reading.Published 18 months ago by Brad T. Thornsbrough
Other than the okay artistry the stories are incredibly lame and very short. Most stories average 3 pages and almost half the book is dedicated to a character named "Blue... Read morePublished 18 months ago by AC
another in this beautiful series, with a "double cover" (2 different covers, one on dust jacket, with some of the work Wally Wood, Steve Ditko and Al Williamson did... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chuck Furnace
This is a mostly a book of reprints of vintage Simon and Kirby science fiction tales from the 40's-60's. However most of the 1960's stories are done by other good artists. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael Dobey
I really enjoyed this. The comics come from a time (40s to 60s) when scientific knowledge was growing rapidly, especially physics and astronomical knowledge, and inspiring... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Doctor Moss