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Maximum Fantastic Four

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Marvel Comics
Writer: Jack Kirby w/ Walter Mosley & Mark Evanier
Art: Jack Kirby

FC, 224 pgs, $49.99 US / More in Canada

There have been thousands of words written about the first issue of Fantastic Four and the impact this comic book had on the modern day superhero. It changed everything– how comics were made, read and enjoyed. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s team book, essentially a rip off of their competitor’s Justice League of America, revolutionized an entire industry. Continue reading

Devil Dinosaur Omnibus

Devil Dinosaur OmnibusĀ  devildino

Marvel Comics
Writer: Jack Kirby
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Mike Royer

FC, 176 pgs
$29.99 US / Higher in Canada

With Jack Kirby’s return to Marvel Comics in 1975 (after a short tenure at DC Comics), he created a whole slew of new properties for the company including Devil Dinosaur, which was hoped to make the transition from comic book to animated television series. But Kirby’s tale of Moon-Boy, an early human, who befriends a mutated Tyrannosaurus Rex, didn’t last long; it was cancelled after only nine issues. Together, this unlikely couple defends their home valley from all threats-aliens, witches, and opposing tribes.

Devil Dinosaur isn’t just a tale about a boy and his Jurassic pet; it’s a vehicle for Jack Kirby to explore certain ideas about human history and evolution. Kirby figured he had a blank canvas to paint upon, and he believed man and monster could have lived together, sharing the same environment. As Kirby explains in his letter page “Dinosaur Dispatches”: “After all, just where the Dinosaur met his end, and when Man first stood reasonably erect, is still shrouded in mystery.” Continue reading