Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mister Miracle #4 - Jack Kirby art, cover & reprint

Mister Miracle v1 #4 dc 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
Mister Miracle v1 #4, 1971 - Big Barda, the woman warrior of Apokolips, makes her first appearance in this issue. She would become a significant supporting character on the series and a key ally of Mister Miracle. The frenetic, action-packing scenes are made more so with Jack Kirby's roomy panels. Most pages are quartered into four sections, each painstakingly designed, especially pages 1-3. High points include the relatively quiet opening splash of Barda in full military regalia and a demonstration of her brute strength on page six, panel five. Kirby allows too many text elements to muddy up the cover, but note how the stone arch in the background conveniently follows the curve of the masthead. Golden age Simon & Kirby reprints also begin with this issue (in this case Detective Comics #82). This is number 4 of 18 Mr. Miracle issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Vince Colletta inks) = ***
"The Closing Jaws of Death" Kirby story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 22 pages = ***

Mister Miracle v1 #4 dc 1970s bronze age comic book page art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
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