When Jack Kirby abandoned Marvel in 1970, he arrived at DC Comics with his head full of new concepts. These concepts were not confined to the characters he’d long had percolating in his mind, they also included exciting new ways of presenting the comics medium. Kirby thought big. He foresaw collected editions of comics, fancy hardcovers, and glossy magazines. The latter of these would occupy part of his time in mid-1971.

Kirby wanted his comics to reach a far wider audience than anyone had so far attempted, and, with that in mind, he pitched several magazine ideas to the DC management. Kirby’s notion was that, as magazines, his new titles would appeal to adults who were reluctant to buy regular comics. Sadly, it’s doubtful that many of those adults ever actually saw the resulting magazines as news vendors weren’t sure where to rack them. They weren’t obviously adult, and yet they weren’t particularly appealing to kids either.

In the Days of the Mob, a magazine recalling the days of Prohibition, gangsters, and Al Capone, and its paranormal-themed sister, Spirit World, appeared on the stands in late-1971, sold very little, and were immediately cancelled. This is a great shame, as they’re actually very good indeed.

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