Fantastic Four: Full Circle
Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics
Ten Speed Press
“…Into Some Loathsome Pit!” Notes on True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee
James Romberger takes a look at 2021’s hit biography of Stan Lee from journalist Abraham Reisman and ask: how honest are we willing to get, this time around?
The Strange Case of D. Bruce Berry
Steven Brower takes a look back at the wild and wooly (and probably libelous) life and times of D. Bruce Berry, which started in fandom and ended in The Fourth World.
Excerpt: The American Mainstream
Matt Seneca cradles some longbox finds from the early 60s in his ongoing search for the quintessential “mainstream” comic in this exclusive excerpt.
1970 Joe Sinnott Interview
In this 1970 interview, a 15 year old Gary Groth and co. talk to Marvel Comics inker Joe Sinnott about the Comics Code, the ACBA, Kirby, and more.
Joe Sinnott: 1926-2020
The legendary inker, who helped define the look of many of Marvel’s most influential comics, has passed away.
Through the Mirror
Late in life, Jack Kirby returned to his youth. After a long, distinguished career he drew his first unequivocally autobiographical story, “Street Code”, in 1983.
Seeking Salivation! Food in Early Comics
University of Washington professor José Alaniz invited me to prepare and deliver a guest lecture on early comics for his class on food-themed comics. You could say I hoped the project would turn out to be something I could sink my teeth into. I was not disappointed.
Black Panther #1: 31 Thoughts
Perhaps the critic had unrealistic expectations.
Greg Theakston Says the Kirby Museum Can Look Forward to a Theft Complaint for Christmas
In what has to be one of the world’s slowest-building controversies, Theakston’s grievance with the Kirby Museum has been building for some time.
Should the Kirby Family Have Settled?
On Veterans Day Marvel celebrated Jack Kirby’s military service with photos and recollections from Kirby’s son Neal. Does this collaboration prove that the Kirby heirs triumphed in their fight for justice, or did their settlement betray creator’s rights?
How Marvel Could Win the Kirby Case
Kirby family attorney Marc Toberoff’s Supreme Court filing and the supporting amicus briefs are not immune from attack. Here are some of the more creative ways that Marvel – or the Court itself – could trump their central arguments.
The Ultimate Nullifier?
On Monday the Supreme Court announced that yet another brief has been filed in support of the Kirby family’s attempt to regain the copyright to key Marvel properties. Have these briefs truly made it all but certain that the Court will not just agree to hear the case in the 2014-15 term, but rule that Jack Kirby’s creations were not work for hire?
“Trail May Lead to the Ends of Infinity”
A close reading of The Mighty Thor # 166 (July 1969).
“Facts You Never Knew!!!”
Looking at some of Jack Kirby’s earliest published work.
Jack Kirby and Alex Niño: Innovation at DC Comics in 1972
Searching for the unusual in the sometimes formulaic world of mainstream comics, we travel back to 1972 and uncover Jack Kirby’s despair and Alex Niño’s faces.
“If I Don’t Put this Dude Out of Action Now, We’re Both Chopped Liver!”
Jack Kirby’s Black Panther.
“He is Awake — Must Carry Out Mission Programmed During War”
Captain America, Syd Shores, and the Marvel Method.
“And the Danger’s Even Larger…”
This month’s column will run from Thanksgiving through Christmas, and since many of you will be spending time with family and friends, I thought I’d do something fun this month. Let’s take a look at Fantastic Four Annual # 6, the book featuring the birth of Franklin Richards. My thanks to the owner of the… Read more »
“I’ve Already Forgot What I Said to You, But I Know It’s the Truth”: The Testimony of Jean-Pierre Dionnet
The indefatigable co-founder of Métal Hurlant and Les Humanoïdes Associés holds forth on life, art, crime, war, and his return to English translation.
“Who the Hell Was the Conscious and Clever Brains Behind the Marvel Phenomenon?”
Analyzing some recently unearthed Marvel documents.
Long teased, at last delivered, Paul Pope’s Battling Boy has about it the air of an event.
“I’m Gonna Open Sealed Door to Negative Zone!”
A look at the pencils for Fantastic Four # 61.
“Do I Have the Guts to Defy Odin Once Again?”
A new column focusing on the authorship of Jack Kirby.
Silver Surfer #1: An Examination
Silver Surfer #1 is a comic worth examining closely. It has a lot of things colliding at once.