Posted by: John Kane on June 16, 2013
Celebrate your Dad, come on! (Let’s Celebrate!). Smooth segues be damned on this, The Day of The Father; didjya know that Jack Kirby was also a Father? Like all Fathers Jack Kirby knew of “The Task” but only Jack Kirby dared speak of it. The final, greatest “task” of any Father; when he must remove the bomb from his child’s head while waving him or her off into “The Future“, remaining behind to be blown up in their stead. Wait, maybe it was a metaphor! Or maybe I just wanted to post some Jack Kirby covers because, hey, today I get celebrated (COME ON!!!) so bit busy, yeah? Maybe more substantial content later? J_Smitty did some reviews one post down and they’re good eating! Yammer, yammer; look, here’s some 1970s Jack Kirby magic…
Sure, every Dad’ll tell you how he dreams of the day his spawn will leave home so he can actually watch, oh, that three and a half hour David Lynch film with the rabbit sitcom in it all in one go, or just get so drunk he pukes so hard he turns inside out in his own home. But it’s all a bluff facade; they all know deep inside that when it happens it’ll be like being kicked in the heart by a Shire horse. Jack Kirby knew that and Jack Kirby drew that. Empty Nest Syndrome but with robots and shouting and stuff. Because Jack Kirby was complex. Jack Kirby was The King:
Of course we all know he won’t ring unless he needs money.
And now in a futile attempt to satiate your cavernous need for content here be the covers and splash pages to the short-lived, but EXCELLENT!, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY series published by Marvel Comics. A company for whom Jack Kirby famously did some “work for hire“!!! The series was written and drawn by the ceaselessly astounding Mr. Jack Kirby and inked by his finest facilitator Mr. Mike Royer. If you find these issues in a back-issue box pick ’em up because, due to some Rights business, it’s unlikely to be reprinted anytime soon. Advice that is, you know, like your Dad gives you. But more fun. Anyway, this…
Well, okay, there may not actually be a party goin’ on right here but at least there’s always – COMICS!!!
Happy “Father’s” Day!!!