Space Space Baby

With various Jack Kirby collections out (Fourth World, Eternals, Black Panther, Devil Dinosaur, Silver Star, the first half of Kamandi) or on the way (OMAC, Demon, Captain Victory), one more I’d like to see (though the copyright issues are probably trickier than in the other cases) is his 2001: A Space Odyssey material, which consists of a) an adaptation of the film, b) a ten-issue follow-up series also titled 2001: A Space Odyssey (tracing the Monolith’s further interventions throughout past and future human history), and then c) the first nine issues of the spin-off series Machine Man (whose protagonist had his origins in 2001’s final 3-issue story arc, being raised to stable sentience by the Monolith).

Jack Kirby's 2001

The film adaptation itself is not particularly good (for some of the reasons, see this article), but the follow-up series, despite lacking much continuity, has the characteristically zany Kirby energy, and Machine Man is good too.

Still, I wish even more that they’d finish releasing the Kirby issues of Kamandi; he may be my favourite Kirby character, a kind of Tintin on the Planet of the Apes.

One Response to Space Space Baby

  1. Tomasz April 27, 2008 at 7:00 am #

    Do you now who the publisher of these gems will be?

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