Sunday, February 2, 2014

Showcase #6 / Challengers of the Unknown - Jack Kirby art & cover

Jack Kirby
Showcase v1 #6 presents Challengers of the Unknown, 1957 - A deep sea diver, an Olympic wrestler, a test pliot and a circus daredevil join forces and embark on their first adventure together. A mystic named Morelian asks the quartet open to an ancient box organized into four secret compartments. Jack Kirby's cover is simplistic and inexplicably serene. His story art fares better with its action-packed sequences and large chapter panels. Like other science fiction tales of the era, an array of imaginative dangers challenge the protagonists. Kirby revels in his renditions of colossal warriors, energy-sapping suns and flying robotic weavers. The Challengers of the Unknown (making their first appearance here) would become one of Kirby's most enduring creations for DC. This story was later reprinted in Secret Origins #1. This is number 1 of 3 Showcase issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby, Challengers of the Unknown or Showcase issues. See also this blog's Jack Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Marvin Stein? inks) = **
"The Secret of the Sorcerer's Box" Kirby story pencils (Marvin Stein? inks) 24 pages = *** 
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Jack Kirby
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