Kirby, Kirby, Kirby…

What can you say about The King that hasn’t already been said elsewhere? In his 50-year career, Jack Kirby had a hand in the creation of some of comics’ most enduring characters. His legacy will live forever.

In the early 1970’s Kirby took himself off to DC Comics, lured there by a deal brokered by Editorial Director Carmine Infantino. For many comic fans at that time, Kirby WAS Marvel. His defection to ‘the other side’ was major news.

Having felt creatively stifled during his last few years at Marvel, Kirby was re-invigorated at DC. Ideas that he’d been saving for some time were finally allowed to flow from his pencil. A trilogy of interlinked titles was the result, New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle. Kirby also used his stint on Jimmy Olsen to introduce related concepts. It was a nuclear blast of creativity, the likes of which had never been seen in comics before — or since.

At long last, DC has collected these stories in a format worthy of the material. Across four over-sized volumes, the majesty of Kirby’s ideas will be shown off to best effect.

You need to own these books. It’s as simple as that.