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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kyle's Comics Picks - August 29, 2017

So we're a day removed from Jack Kirby's Centennial, and I hope you got a chance to check out some of the great articles that were written on the subject. 

A few I really liked:

Tom Spurgeon's great collage of Kirby art

Heidi MacDonald's personal remembrance of the man

Jeet Heer's lovely and succinct rundown of his career

Derf Backderf educational write-up about the pivotal Sky Masters strip

An amazing piece by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo on Kirby's Golden Age Timely work

There were surely some others of note, but these are a few of the writers on matters of historical import within the industry that I like to turn to. And just to self-promote, you can also read my single issue "Kirby-binge" reading list for newcomers, and those who want to remember the man's key works, alike. As a special treat, our team is actually going to peruse through this very list and we'll be recording a podcast on the subject in the next couple of weeks. Be on the look-out!

Jack Kirby was the best, there was no one like him, and there likely won't ever be.

As for this week's comics, it's the dreaded fifth week, so a little less to be excited about, but let's see what fun things we can find:

BPRD: The Devil You Know #2 - Your requisite Mignolaverse pick. This is currently the cornerstone book of that universe now that present-day Hellboy is out of commission/gone for good/whathaveyou.

Black Racer & Shilo Norman Special - Reginald Hudlin, Denys Cowan, and Ryan Benjamin team up for two of Kirby's most significant black superheroes. I haven't loved these Kirby100 specials that DC puts out, but this one is a must-read for me.

Saga #46 - I feel like some momentum is building within this book ahead of its 50th issue, which by the way is quite a landmark for an Image title these days that isn't The Walking Dead. Excited to see where it goes.

Stray Bullets: Sunshine & Roses #27: One day, I'll catch up on this formative series. I'm a full mini-series behind, plus the entirety of this run. But I'm sure it's still incredible. Lapham tends to be.

EC Comics 4-Volume Slip Case Vol 3: It's going to take all the power I have to not drop a $100 dollars in the next week or so on this. Joe Orlando, John Severin, George Evans, and Wally Wood. Absolutely killer stuff from one of history's greatest comics purveyors.

Spinning: I haven't read this, but Tillie Walden's graphic memoir of her days as a figure skater was the talk of SDCC, so generally that kind of hype comes with a work that's worthy of notice.

Unreal City: This I did pick up in San Diego just on the appeal of the art alone. I haven't read it yet, but DJ Bryant's visuals have a definite Clowes kind of feel. Very adult, but I get the sense this will be one of those books that finds itself on a number of year-end lists. 

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