Jack Kirby, Al Plastino, and Vince Colletta Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133 First "Fourth World" Cover Original Ar...
That "Fourth World" epic is modern mythology that may be comics' closest equivalent to The Lord of the Rings or The Foundation Trilogy -- a timeless 55-issue cosmic magnum opus that many now regard as the gleaming crown jewel of Kirby's career.
In addition to all of that, the book reintroduced the Golden Age group Newsboy Legion to comics, and brought the Olsen series, a second-tier book in the minds of most, to the forefront. As Paul Levitz noted, "Readers accustomed to DC's more traditional and sedate storytelling techniques must have found Kirby's arrival -- especially on Jimmy Olsen -- eye-popping."
The "Kirby Is Here!" blurb (which is original lettering here, not a stat) was also significant because, as Paul Levitz noted in 75 Years of DC Comics, it was the first time DC had marketed an artist as a star talent since the Simon and Kirby team worked for the company three decades earlier. The company capitalized on the shock that went through comics when Kirby's departure from Marvel was announced, not just among fans but among pros: John Romita reportedly assumed Fantastic Four would be canceled without Kirby, and John Buscema said his reaction was "I thought [Marvel was] going to close up."
Comic Book Artist doyen Jon B. Cooke commented on Olsen #133 as follows: "In this, the debut of his 1970s tenure at DC, Jack "King" Kirby let loose his creative energies and hurled one new idea after another at our tender, unprepared noggins, and those of us who 'got' it... well, we were changed for good. JO #133 was prelude to the greatest super-hero adventure of them all. (Alan Moore's Miracleman epic might be the singular contender). Not only do we get the first inklings of the encroachment of Darkseid and his hordes of Apokolips, but we also get the reintroduction of a bona fide Kirby kid gang, the Newsboy Legion. Only now the group has left the gritty despair of Suicide Slum, and instead lives in an amazing futuristic new world of Kirby's imagination -- the best kind of nostalgia and yet not looking back."
The involvement of DC veteran Al Plastino in redrawing the Superman figure here reportedly came about because DC felt Kirby's portrayal was "off-model," a more common practice in those days than today.
This King Kirby classic has an image area of 10" x 15". The original production stats over the lower Newsboy Legion caption panel were removed to reveal smaller-sized original art images, and replacement caption stats were resized to give the composition a very pleasing balance, and the piece has been professionally cleaned; otherwise, the art is in Very Good condition.
Kirby, Jack:Jack Kirby has received world-wide recognition for his long comic book career and accomplishments. He is regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic-book medium, thus earning the nick-name "King." Among Kirby's many co-creations are Captain America, the Newsboy Legion, the Challengers of the Unknown, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, the Avengers, the X-Men, Silver Surfer, the New Gods, and countless other memorable heroes and villains. Jack Kirby was never one to do things in expected ways. As an artist, Kirby had no formal training and instead learned his trade through practice, determination and on-the-job training. Having been rejected by various art schools and leaving Pratt Institute after only a week, Kirby found his own success and became one of the most recognized comic book artists of his time. Born in 1917 in New York City, Kirby's birth name was Jacob Kurtzberg. His first break as an artist was in 1936, when he joined the Lincoln Newspaper Syndicate. After working on cartoons there for several years, Kirby continued to offer his skills elsewhere until he got a respectable position at Fox Feature Syndicate. It was here that Kirby began his partnership with Joe Simon, which proved to be very fruitful. From here, Kirby took a job with Marvel, where he and Simon created the iconic Captain America. Though he found other projects at Marvel and DC, his next biggest success was Young Romance. He eventually ended his partnership with Simon and worked solo at both major comic outlets, again returning to superheroes with the Fantastic Four. Kirby continued to innovate until his death in 1994. Kirby is remembered for the way he crafted a story with his art, creating characters that still resonate with readers today..
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