Sunday, August 21, 2011

Spirit World #1 - Jack Kirby art, Neal Adams cover

Spirit World v1 #1 comic book magazine cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Spirit World v1 #1, 1971 - This one-shot features a busy, magazine-like cover aimed at a slightly older readership. Neal Adams' painting tries a little too hard at emulating the format, sacrificing interest and vitality. Jack Kirby meets expectations with four superbly drawn stories, all printed as black and blue duotones. The artist uses photo montages to accompany the art on several pages, but with varying degrees of success. Among the many noteworthy pages, an especially gruesome splash of a female specter stands out in "The Screaming Woman" (page six). Interestingly, a second Spirit World issue was never published but a few stories eventually saw print in Weird Mystery Tales and Dark Mansion. Kirby did only one other issue in the same format, the equally impressive In the Days of the Mob. Other artists in this issue include Sergio Aragones (inside back cover gag). This is number 1 of 1 Spirit World issues with Kirby art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Spirit World issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams, Kirby or Spirit World issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist, Adams checklist or Top 10 Adams comics.
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Adams painted cover = **
"The President Must Die" Kirby story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 10 pages = ***
"House of Horror" Kirby story
pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 12 pages = ***
"The Screaming Woman" Kirby story
pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 10 pages = ***
"Amazing Predictions" Kirby story
pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 10 pages = ***
(all stories above in black and white)
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Spirit World v1 #1 comic book magazine page art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
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