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Simon and Kirby: Superheroes Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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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.
Jim Simon is an author of novels and nonfiction books, including histories of comics and pulp art. His contributions to his book lend insight into the Simon and Kirby creative process and personal interactions as well as providing a look at the history of comics during the team's run. Jim's sci-fi graphic album, ShieldMaster: The Phoenix Project, is available on Amazon in digital (ASIN: B013YPY93Q) and print (ASIN: 096268581X) format.
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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!
First off, the physicals of this book are to die for. A generous dose of roughly 500 pages, Titan nonetheless uses a thick, matte stock for their print, and it looks dynamite. The reproductions are crisp (you could learn something for your Sandman archive, DC!), and the colors are excellent. The cover of the book looks fantastic, and there's a great dust jacket to boot. What's not to like?
I'll confess - I had never heard of ANY of the superheroes featured here, but I have to say that I really enjoy them. The Fighting American takes up a plurality of the book, and although you might think him to be a Captain America knockoff, he...actually kind of is. But he's still great fun. My personal favorite is the vagabond prince. He only appears in three issues here, and randomly gets an extra member of his court in the third, but his title is a ton of fun. Captain 3-D is that weird Simon and Kirby that clearly would inspire later greats like Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman (who contributes a pretty perfunctory introduction - skip it and read the far more interesting lead-ins by Jim Simon). He's a dude that lives in a book and fights cat people who melt others with the use of a special ray gun. Yeah - don't tell me that this doesn't sound like some of Grant Morrison's nuttier Doom Patrols and whatnot.
All in all, I am exceedingly pleased by this volume, and would not hesitate to pay the fifty dollar cover.
This is the equivalent treatment given to Jack Kirby & Joe Simon's work of the 1940s-1950s.
This sucker is MASSIVE. I dunno its weight (someone here said 4 pounds, and that sounds right), but this isn't something to stick under your arm and take on the bus or subway. And you certainly shouldn't attempt to read it in bed. Soooo big. And it includes EVERYTHING.
Of course, the highlight for me is to see those great Fighting Americsn stories again -- ALL of 'em! Every single story is here, reproduced gorgeously. That's worth the price of the book all by itself.
Any fan of Kirby & Simon -- or Golden-Silver Age comics in general -- should buy this monster.