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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848563655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848563650
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.9 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beautiful and expansive book that collects so much of [Jack] Kirby and Joe Simon's great efforts." - Washington Post

"As much a valuable historical artefact as it is a compilation of fantastic comic book classics. 10/10. An essential collection." - Total Sci-Fi Online

 "A gorgeous volume..." - LA Times

"The Stuntman stories are some of the best superhero material this pair ever produced." - Blog Critics

"... another homerun produced by Titan Books. It’s an eye popping and lovingly produced tribute to some of the best talent that the Golden Age had to offer. Go out and pick it up if you love classic superhero stuff. It’s worth its weight in gold and more." - Ain't It Cool

"The ultimate collection for Simon and Kirby’s work..." - Comic Attack

About the Author

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created one of the most enduring American heroes in 1940 with the first issue of Captain America Comics from Timely Comics—the company that became Marvel Comics. Simon proved to be a brilliant editor, writer, penciller, inker, and businessman, serving as an editor for Archie, Harvey, Fox, Crestwood, and Mainline Publications—Simon and Kirby’s own company.

 

Jack Kirby is one of the most famous illustrators in comic book history. Having begun in the Fox Comics Bullpen in 1939, he teamed with Joe Simon on such seminal series as Blue Bolt and Captain Marvel Adventures. In subsequent years they worked in every genre imaginable, often seeing their titles sell in excess of one million copies.


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For any fan of comics history, this essay, like the book itself, is essential.
GraphicNovelReporter.com
For those in the know, Joe Simon & Jack Kirby were "THE" super-hero creative team during the Golden Age of the American comic book.
William Cross
Savor the masterwork, that this book is, like fine wine and wait for the next instalment.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Brown on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As people have asked, here is the a list of the works in this collection.

Black Owl
"The Whistler" (Prize Comics #7)
"Return of the Whistler" (Prize Comics #8)
"Menace of Madame Mystery" (Prize Comics #9)

Stuntman
cover of Stuntman #1,2 and #3
"Killer in the Big Top" (Stuntman #1)
"Crime on Cauliflower Row)
"Stuntman Enters the House of Madness"
"Curtain Call for Death" (Stuntman #2)
"Rescue of Robin Hood"
"Stuntman Smashes Rest Camp for Criminals" (Stuntman #3)
"Stuntman Battles the Diamond's Curse" (Stuntman #3)
"Stuntman Battles a New Menace on Terror Island" (unpublished)
"Stuntman Brings to Justice the Evil Sons of M. LeBlanc" (unpub)
"Stuntman Crowns a Jungle Lord" (unpub)

Vagabond Prince
"Trapped n Wax" (unpub)
"Madness of Dr. Altu" (Black Cat Comics #7)
"Death-Trap De Luxe (Black Cat Comics #8)

Captain 3-D
"Man from the World of D" (Captain 3-D #1)
"The Menace of the Living Dolls"
"Iron Hat McGinty and His Destruction Gang"

Fighting American
Covers for Fighting American #1-7, V2 #1,2 and unpublished #4
"First Assignment: Break the Spy Ring!" (Fighting American #1)
"Second Assignment: Track Down the Baby Buzz Bombs"
"Duel to the Finish Line!"
"Assignment: Expose the League of the Handsome Devils!" (FA #2)
"Assignment: Find the King of the Crime Syndicate"
"Assignment: Investigate the City of Ghouls"
"The Man Who Sold Out Liberty!" (FA #3)
"Stranger from Paradise"
"Poison Ivan"
"Z Food"
"Tokyo Run Around" (FA #4)
"Home=Coming Year 3000"
"Operation Wolf!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Cross on October 5, 2010
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For those in the know, Joe Simon & Jack Kirby were "THE" super-hero creative team during the Golden Age of the American comic book. While most other creators (Jerry Siegel-Joe Shuster, Bob Kane-Bill Finger, Will Eisner, Jack Cole) had to content themselves with creating one popular strip, the Simon-Kirby team created more than a score of them.

While their work for the major publishers (Marvel & DC) is being reprinted, many of their efforts for the other, smaller publishers has not - until now!

Titan Books has assembled ALL of the super-hero stories the team created for every one of those other publishers in one massive collection.

This is a HUGE volume of meticulously restored comic book stories, prepared with Joe Simon's participation. You'll find the complete Simon & Kirby runs on such characters as Fighting American (their own parody of their wildly popular Captain America strip), Stuntman, the Black Owl, the Vagabond Prince, Captain 3-D, the Shield (Pvt. Strong), and the Fly.

Because this stunning hardcover also contains previously unpublished art and stories, it is a "must-have" for any fan of Simon & Kirby.

You won't find a better value in Golden Age comics material anywhere! Highly recommended!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Younger on October 22, 2010
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I have been a huge fan of Jack Kirby's work, and the work of Simon & Kirby together, for many years. For a long time, I wouldn't even consider adding a book to my collection unless it was by Kirby. So my expectations for this new volume by Titan Books was very high, especially since their first collection of S&K's work, "The Best of Simon & Kirby", had such excellent production values and reproduction quality.

First, let me just say that this is a MASSIVE volume of work, weighing in at nearly 4 pounds and close to 500 pages of material. It is also a delight to find rarely seen work here, including three Black Owl stories and unpublished stories featuring Stuntman, Vagabond Prince and Fighting American. And a real bonus is having the entire Captain 3-D comic published in full-color 2-D for the first time.

However, despite the great selection of material and a great design, the artwork reproduction and color leave a lot to be desired. The overall quality of the reprinting is much darker than the previous volume, with the black lines seeming to bleed together. Colors are way too dark in most cases, making it even more difficult to see the the line work and distinguish between objects. Overall, much of this fabulous work is rendered murky and flat.

My guess is that the editors decided to reproduce the stories as close as possible to the original printed versions. This seems to be supported by the decision to use coarse screen tints (the dots that make up the color tints) to simulate the look of the four-color pulp printing of yesteryear. Although I can appreciate the desire to reprint the material to appear just like it did 50 to 60 years ago, the unfortunate reality is that decision does not do justice to the ingenious work of Joe and Jack.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Maher on October 1, 2010
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Beautiful follow-up to Titan's earlier 'Best of Simon and Kirby'. A HUGE book, with wonderfully restored artwork. Collects every non-Marvel and non-DC superhero created by the Simon/Kirby team. If you're a Kirby or Simon/Kirby fan, you'll love this.
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