Kamandi #1

Kamandi, Last Boy on Earth #1, November 1972

Having lost out on a bid for the licensing rights to Planet of the Apes, DC Publisher Carmine Infantino asked Jack Kirby to come up with something similar. Jack responded with Kamandi, which told the sensitive story of a boy coming to terms with a world “After Disaster”, where mankind is kept in downtrodden torment by intelligent animals. Except horses.

Okay, it doesn’t sound that promising, but it went on to become Kirby’s most successful series at DC. It was also his most successful series of the 1970s, and one of DC’s longest running.

The influence of the source movie can be clearly seen in this first issue cover. Gosh darn them all to heck — or words to that effect…

Art by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer.

©2007 DC Comics