Tuesday, June 14, 2011

(P)Raising Kane: "Project: Second Genesis!" by Gerber and Kane

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Today let's get down with some groovy Gil Kane artistry! It's funny, but even though Gil co-created Morbius, the Living Vampire (with Roy Thomas in Amazing Spider-Man #101) he only got to draw one solo Morbius tale, today's spotlighted Fear #21 (January 1974). Morbius never hurt for artists, though, with talents as diverse as Rich Buckler, Paul Gulacy, Tom Sutton, Frank Robbins, and Don Heck working either on his strip in Fear or the one in Vampire Tales. Still, t'was a kick to see one of Morbius' "daddies" in top form delivering on the ever weird and wonderful Steve Gerber's "Project: Second Genesis!" Enjoy!


  1. I'm not one of those who automatically disses Colletta but here he seems much more sparse than even his usual. Since this was during my least favorite Gil Kane period anyway, that doesn't help me to like this one. Gerber seemed to be phoning it in, also, and I'm on record as saying he was my favorite comics author just a year or so later.

  2. Kane's art is kinetic and gorgeous but the plot and dialogue are mediocre. I vaguely recall it ties in with Starhawk and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

  3. Thanks Groovster!
    I always loved Morbius, especially by Gil Kane. I remember this issue & cover fondly. Even if I was never crazy about Colletta's inking. I wish Gil had done this whole run on fear with Tom Palmer the zip-a-tone man!Or with Klaus Jansen. Their work together on What If #3 about the avengers was beautiful.

  4. Gil was such a master at drawing animals. His work was also so much fun to look at, and so full of life.
    Mike Vosburg

  5. This is simply great work by all involved. I think Colletta did a great job on this story. As an inker myself, I think he takes a lot heat, deservedly so on a lot of the Kirby work he inked. Sure, I've seen where he'd left out characters - however, it may have been under an art directors decision. I do believe the man was pretty fast, and probably never missed a deadline.



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