Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mister Miracle #1 - Jack Kirby art & cover (1st Mr. Miracle)

Mister Miracle v1 #1 dc 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jack KirbyMister Miracle v1 #1 dc 1970s bronze age comic book page art by Jack Kirby
Mister Miracle v1 #1, 1971 - One of Jack Kirby's Fourth World characters, Mister Miracle was one of his most colorful bronze age creations. This super escape artist is assisted and befriended by Oberon, one of the few dwarfish characters in mainstream comics. Despite the promising cover, the art in this premiere issue evokes little excitement. The story's only splash is the first page, a rather mundane scene despite the tilted horizon line. The layouts rigidly adhere to four and six panel grids with few variations. Kirby's drawings are noticeably repetitious and Vince Colletta's mediocre inking hurts more than helps. This is number 1 of 18 Mr. Miracle issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Mister Miracle issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Vince Colletta inks) = ***
"Murder Missile Trap" story pencils (
Vince Colletta inks) 22 pages = **
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3 comments to date:

Dan said...

I hate to see someone devote their time to a blog about inking and then come off looking like he/she knows nothing about it. Vince Colletta mediocre? Go back and look at the original books, not the Masterworks crap, and then write an intelligent article. Anyone can play follow the leader and say something uncomplimentary about Vinnie but guys in the know, well, they just know. He was one of the greats.

Ted I said...

I largely based my review on this particular issue, although most of the Kirby/Colletta work I've seen on Thor, Fourth World books, etc. are collectively less impressive than the Kirby/Sinnott Fantastic Four issues (1960s) and the Kirby/Royer issues (1970s), among others. You certainly have strong opinions on Colletta's work and I would not begrudge him his fans, but he's just not one of my personal favorites.

Anonymous said...

My 2 cents, while it's not 1960's THOR, Mr. Miracle was more than capably inked.

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