Friday, April 20, 2018

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Jack Kirby's Fourth World

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! In Ol' Groove's eyes, Jack Kirby's Fourth World universe at DC in the early 1970s is one of the greatest comicbook creations ever. New Gods. Mister Miracle. Forever People. The return of The Guardian and The Newsboy Legion in Jimmy Olsen. Those comics were a huge part of my turn from comicbook reader to comicbook fanatic. Naturally, especially when you consider that King Kirby was inked by the likes of Vinnie Colletta, Mike Royer, Frank Giacoia, and Neal Adams (!), among others, the art was gonna rock and there would be a passel of spectacular covers. Today we're gonna dig on some'a those spectacular covers! These are some of my favorites! What are yours?















14 comments:

  1. The current run of Mister Miracle is getting rave reviews, and apparently the woman who directed 'A Wrinkle in Time' is going to be making a Fourth World film. There's definitely a lot to draw on from these comics.

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  2. I liked New Gods # 1 and Mr. Miracle # 1 the best. The handful of Jimmy Olsen covers where Neal Adams inked Kirby were masterpieces. Imagine the 2 best in the business combined!

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  3. Forever People #9 has always been a favorite of mine.

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  4. Kirby's last great works before his style became a parody of itself . Wonderful stuff!

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    1. Aren't you forgetting the Dingbats Charlie?

      -sean

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    2. Sean, LOL, thank you for refreshing my aging (addled?) mind. Dingbats is a tweener!

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    3. You're welcome Charlie, although personally I rate Kamandi, OMAC and The Losers even more highly than the Dingbats - call me crazy, eh?

      -sean

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  5. I obtained most of these through secondary markets in the 80's. My brother has a few of these now. It's too bad DC has to overprice the hardcover reprint collections. This was awesome stuff.

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  6. You left out the greatest cover Kirby ever drew (in my opinion, at least): Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen # 141. Don't ask -- just buy it!

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  7. Big Bonus! Big Surprise! Big Barda!
    The words alone make that a great cover.
    Fantastic post Groove.

    -sean

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  8. What an amazing bunch of covers. The art was fantastic in these books as well. Unfortunately Kirby's writing skills were not as incredible as his art. The line would have lasted much longer if he used different writers.

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  9. Kirby created a great universe and the art was incredible. Unfortunately he had no business writing. Stiff dialog, meandering plots. The line would have lasted longer had he used professional writers.

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  10. For however much a lot of his 4th World covers were flawed, those Mr. Miracle covers are fantastic. Great post!

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  11. I love these covers for what they were, ads for the story underneath. So many modern covers are just pretty pieces of artwork, but fail to communicate what the comic is about. There's little of that with the Kirby 4th World books. It's in your face!

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