Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Gods #3 - Jack Kirby art & cover

New Gods v1 #3 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
New Gods v1 #3, 1971 - The Black Racer, whose touch means instant death, makes his first appearance in the series. While in hot pursuit, he's suddenly transported to Earth via the Boom Tube. Even with the photographic background, Jack Kirby's cover struggles with the layout design. The story artwork fares better, especially the scenes featuring the new character. Three dynamic splash pages also make a significant contribution, but the one capturing the Black Racer's moment of arrival (page 10) is the most compelling. His figure fills the entire page, extending the perspective toward all four corners. This story was later reprinted in New Gods v2 #2. This is number 3 of 11 New Gods issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Vince Colletta inks) = **
"Death is the Black Racer"
Kirby story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 22 pages = ***

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3 comments:

  1. I was excited when these comics came out. I was so glad Kirby came to DC. However, I truly wished, then and now, that there were different inkers on the series. Joe Sinnot and Syd Shores at Marvel brought Kirby to great heights. But the inkers at DC, Royer and Colletta, did nothing for me. Did Adams or Murphy (outside of fixing Superman's face on the covers) ever work with Kirby at DC? Not that Adams would have been a great fit but it would be interesting to see.

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  2. I actually thought Royer was Kirby's best inker at DC, and I'll make the case in some upcoming posts. Not familiar with the body of Murphy Anderson's work, so I can comment on him. Aside from some Jimmy Olsen covers, the only other Kirby/Adams collaboration that comes to mind is the cover of Destroyer Duck #1.

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  3. Colletta is much maligned for committing the unforgivable sin of erasing details in Kirby's pencils. A week or so ago we favorably discussed a Colletta romance cover here. I encourage anyone interested in seeing Colletta get a fair shake to check out this link: http://eddiecampbell.blogspot.com/2007/05/vincent-colletta-my-favourite-1960s.html . Make sure you check out comments by his granddaughter towards the bottom. Colletta's inks on the New Gods continues the stylistic look established in Thor.

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