Wednesday, July 17, 2013


"OPEN FIRE!" from New Gods vol.1 #7 (DC, 1972) by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer
By now, I don't have to tell you that this blog has a Kirby fixation. In the Fourth World cycle, the New Gods are the closest to Kirby working on Thor again, though without the limits imposed by one particular real-world mythology. His pantheon is inspired by science fiction (with the occasional skier thrown in for good measure) as much as it is by old-timey religion. While the series didn't originally do well, it somehow became highly important to the post-Crisis DCU, so much so the New Gods kinda had to be killed multiple times before it took! And then Darkseid was the New52's first villain, so they were never going to go out quietly. (Note: In 1984, DC reprinted the series as 6-issue mini-series with a new ending.)


  1. Kirby is an artist that I have come to appreciate more and more over the years. When I first started reading comics I thought he was old-fashioned and too cartoony.

    But seriously that drawing just leaps off of the page.

  2. This reflects my experience too.