Thursday, May 26, 2011

1st Issue Special #5 / Manhunter - Jack Kirby art & cover

Jack Kirby
First Issue Special v1 #5 featuring Manhunter, 1975 - Originally a civilian adventure hero, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby drastically revamped Manhunter during the 1940s. The character was briefly resurrected in Detective Comics #437 with a new interpretation by Walt Simonson. The original re-emerges here for the first time under Kirby's direction. The decapitated head on the cover is unusually gory for a superhero book, but still tame compared to pre-code horror comics. A mirror image is used on the opening splash, with slight modifications. An arresting two page spread follows, but the artwork tends to slightly diminish from there. This is number 2 of 3 First Issue Special issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or 1st Issue Special issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (D. Bruce Berry inks) = ***
Kirby story pencils (D. Bruce Berry inks) 18 pages = ***
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  1. Actually, Simon & Kirby's Golden Age Manhunter was, like their version of the Golden Age Sandman, a revamp of an existing non-tights wearing character.
    The original Paul Kirk Manhunter ran in Adventure Comics from #58-72.
    Simon & Kirby took over as of #73.

  2. Right you are. Thanks for the reminder.