Thanks to my BACK ISSUE buddy Jerry Boyd, I've landed work in my second JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR in a row. Here's a FREE PREVIEW! This time, the theme Jerry has come up with is Kirby in other media, primarily movies, TV and cartoons. Jerry, his brother, Dwight Boyd, and myself divide up the Kirby legacy in said media, and we basically review them, highlighting the best and trying to steer people clear of the worst. I personally tackled the two HULK movies, both FANTASTIC FOUR movies, and those old Republic CAPTAIN AMERICA serials, among others. I also tackled my favorite of all Batman cartoons, this one below:
Why BATMAN: BRAVE & THE BOLD? Well, even as evinced by this publicity art, the creators of this cartoon are Kirby crazy. Note on the left-hand side key DC Kirby characters Kamandi, Last Boy on Earth, and The Demon (my personal favorite of Kirby's '70s DC work). They've brought both characters into the BOLD fold more than once, and also tackled OMAC for a full episode. Throw in my friend Tony DeZuniga's character, Jonah Hex, Ditko characters such as Blue Beetle and The Question, random characters like Dr. Fate, B'Wanna Beast, Deadman, Red Tornado, and the Outsiders, and my favorites portrayal of Aquaman anywhere (as a pompous blowhard idiot not unlike Ash from ARMY OF DARKNESS), and you've got yourself a real party. Why, just last night, the entire episode guest-starred the Doom Patrol (after showcasing Batgirl in the teaser). I love the light tone of the show and the Dick Sprang-style clean, graphically dynamic visuals. I can't recommend this cartoon show enough, and I've missed a few episodes, so perhaps they ran it, but I'm looking forward to seeing my two favorite DC characters these days: The Phantom Stranger and the Unknown Soldier. I'll bet they'll do it, too!