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Read comics in public on Jack Kirby’s birthday

Today is Read Comics in Public Day.

Who knew? Thankfully Geeks of Doom and Facebook set me straight. Good thing I had a copy of Vertigo’s Swamp Thing hardcover to save me any embarrassment.

The Underwire blog was kind enough to list five comics to read today. Persepolis and All-Star Superman are fantastic.

By no coincidence, it also happens to be Jack Kirby‘s birthday. He would have been 94 years old.

His heyday predates when I began reading comics. But staring at an issue of Mighty Thor from 1972 pencilled by John Buscema, it’s easy to see how Kirby influenced the Marvel house style and the artists who followed. Despite following a rigid panel structure, he delivered interesting splash pages, angles and composition within the panels.

I don’t know if he was much of a drinker, but I raise a glass in his honour.

Read also: What if Jack Kirby drew My Little Pony?

(girl reading comic image via expecting t0 fly)

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Has Mario Bros. invaded Marvel Universe?

Forget the Brood, Phalanx and Skrulls. The heroes of Marvel U have a new evil to contend with and its names are Mario and Luigi: the Super Mario Bros.

There are enough Mario/Marvel mashups sightings on the Web to suggest a full-scale invasion by the Nintendo game series cast is underway.

Exhibit AMario vs X-Men (above) – is courtesy of Casey Edwards. The four images above (11×17 each) are available for purchase as a set from his online store. There’s also some pretty interesting stuff in his DeviantArt gallery.

Exhibit B is Mushroom Avenged – aka Mario vs Avengers – by Matt Dearden. I don’t know enough Avengers trivia nor have the patience to research whether this was ever an official lineup. But Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have apparently fallen to the same fate as their mutant counterparts and replaced by Princess Peach and her gang of bruisers.

Read also: Mario clones invade Marvel U!

Our third Exhibit this evening – Donkey Kong vs the Fantastic Four – is an inspired Anthony Vukojevich version of Jack Kirby and Sol Brodsky’s cover to Fantastic Four #26 for Robert Goodin’s blog Covered. The site showcases artist work interpreting comic book covers and features some truly awesome pieces. At the right is the original Kirby cover from 1964.

(via iamthedeadpool, 0wlbearelyshatheriddell)

Read also: Mario vs The Hulks!

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Four reasons to read Kirby: Genesis

I take it back.

The new Dynamite Entertainment series Kirby: Genesis might be worth following after all. The book achieves a lot in the first issue as it sets the stage for a strong first arc ahead.

This is how the publisher describes this new series by acclaimed creators, scribe Kurt Busiek and artist Alex Ross.

The Kirby Event of the new millennium begins here, brought to you by the best-selling and award-winning creators of Marvels! The Pioneer 10 space probe carried a message to the stars. Now an answer’s on the way — but not one we expected! When it arrives, the lives of three ordinary people — and the entire world — will be changed forever. Featuring Captain Victory, Silver Star and more of Jack Kirby’s greatest concepts, with finished art (from Alex’s layouts) by Jack Herbert (Black Terror). Don’t miss this tantalizing prelude to Kirby — a bold, explosive adventure debuting a universe of wild Kirby creations! This is the beginning. This is THE Genesis!

For some backstory on how the series came to be, check out this Comic Book Resources  article.

This series shows a lot of promise for the following reasons.

1. This book has a champion’s pedigree. Busiek and Ross – the team who brought us the groundbreaking, award-winning, and seminal series Marvels – are together again. This reunion feels a little bit like the first issue I own of Marvel Team-Up, one that stars Spider-Man and Human Torch taking on Speed Demon. Simply classic.

2. Kirby: Genesis starts with a bang. Ross knows how to pull off cosmic and this series is chock-full of big powers, shiny costumes and grand panels. There is plenty of gorgeous art to drink in between the covers.

3. A story within a story? Despite providing loads of evidence to the heroes’ “realness,” there’s a nagging feeling they might in fact be the stuff of an artist’s imagination within the story.

For the literary nerds, there are some post-modern storytelling techniques at play to keep things interesting by weaving an additional layer into an otherwise straightforward superhero story.

Busiek breaks the fourth wall with Kirby, deploying the device with the precision of surgeon.

Are readers being set up for a Grant Morrison-esque narrative turns in on itself while ruminating on the legacy of Jack Kirby and his generation of comic creators? Considering this is Busiek, probably not but one can hope.

4. Our protagonist, Kirby, is infused with lots of personality. Admittedly the hero characters, so far, are a bit lame and flat. But that’s actually okay. This issue very capably introduces readers to our protagonist, Kirby, and we quickly identify with him. Without a strong connect from the start of this race, the story would fall apart. Thankfully, Busiek gets it right.

Publishing #0, the debut issue, a few weeks ago before the official series kicked off was a smart move. The 32-page primer (only $1!) provided readers an explanation for what happens in #1 without actually telling readers what’s about to be revealed. Clever.

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Eternal night in Equestria: Kirby’s next genesis?

Don’t dare look down! The unstoppable forces of Destiny may have branded YOU as their next target! Witness “THE CUTIE MARK!!” Has it come–for you?!

Astro Saddles! Sonic Rainbooms! The thunder of Cosmic Hooves?!?

Either Chris Sims and Tom Scioli have toddler daughters or one of them is obsessed with My Little Pony. There is really no other reason to explain how they zeroed in on the perfect Pony episode that most closely resembled a Kirby story to begin with as Nightmare Moon plots to bring darkness upon Ponyland by imprisoning her sister and forcing the other ponies into servitude.

This cover from Great Comics That Never Happened is the perfect antidote for anyone who’s been forced to sit through repeated plays of the latest Pony incarnation.

Watch: My Little Pony vs Watchmen Mashup

(via Comics Alliance)


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