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The Best of Simon and Kirby by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

The Best of Simon and Kirby

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The Best of Simon and Kirby by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Hardcover $39.95
May 12, 2009 | ISBN 9781845769314

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"Joe Simon and Jack Kirby are comics’ Lennon/McCartney dream duo. Teaming in the 1940s, Simon was the seasoned writer/editor/inker and Kirby the hot young artist who ultimately became one of the industry’s most influential and creative personalities. They invented Captain America, received the first cover bylines, and their jump-off-the-pages action told the story as strongly as the words, changing comics forever. This first in a six-volume series offers a broad look at their collaborations. They worked in many genres, and chapters spotlight heroes, science fiction, war and adventure, crime drama, Westerns, horror, sick humor, and romance (future volumes will cover some subjects individually), each with a background intro by Kirby biographer Mark Evanier. The book sports 25 gloriously restored comics selected by Simon plus five additional covers—the art is absolutely killer!—and is capped with a checklist of all the comics they produced together/apart. Dazzling from beginning to end, The Best of Simon and Kirby is a monumental piece of comics’ history and a hunk of Americana that is a dream come true for legions of fans. Buy it for your graphic novels, art, or pop-culture collections, but buy it. Essential." — Library Journal

Table Of Contents

Introduction by Joe Simon…6

THE HEROES

Introduction…12

"Captain America and the Riddle of the Red Skull" (from Captain America Comics #1, March 1941)…15

The Vision (from Marvel Mystery Comics #14, Dec. 1940)…29

Sandman: "The Villain from Valhalla" (from Adventure Comics #75, June 1942)…36

"Killer in the Big Top" (from Stuntman Comics #1, April 1946)…46

"Assignment: Find the King of the Crime Syndicate" (from Fighting American #2, June 1954)…59

"Come Into my Parlor" (From Adventures of the Fly #1, Aug. 1959)…66

Cover: Adventures of the Fly #3, Nov. 1959…73

SCIENCE FICTION SERIAL ACTION

Introduction…74

Solar Patrol: "The Tree Men of Uranus" (from Silver Streak Comics #2, January 1940)…77

Blue Bolt (from Blue Bolt Comics #4, Sept. 1940)…82

"The Thing on Sputnik 4" (from Race for the Moon #2, Sept. 1958)…92

Cover: Blue Bolt #3, Aug. 1940…97

WAR AND ADVENTURE

Introduction…98

"Satan Wears a Swastika" (from Boy Commandos #1, Winter 1942)…101

The Duke of Broadway: "My City is No More" (from Black Cat Comics #5, Apr. 1947)…113

Booby Trap (from Foxhole #2, Dec. 1954)…123

Cover: Foxhole #1, Oct. 1954…129

THE BIRTH OF ROMANCE

Introduction…130

"Weddin’ at Red Rock" (from Western Love #1, July 1949)…133

"The Savage in Me" (from Young Romance Comics #22, June 1950)…136

CRIME DRAMA

Introduction…150

"Trapping New England’s Chain Murderer" (from Headline Comics #24, May 1947)…153

"Mother of Crime" (from Real Clue Crime Stories, volume 2, no. 4, June 1947)…162

"The Case Against Scarface" (from Justice Traps the Guilty #1, Oct. 1947)…170

THE GREAT WESTERN

Introduction…178

"Apache Justice" (from The Kid Cowboys of Boy’s Ranch #2, Dec. 1950)…181

Remember The Alamo (from The Kid Cowboys of Boy’s Ranch #6, Aug. 1951)…188

"Doom Town" (from Bulls Eye #4, Feb. 1955)…190

OH! THE HORROR!

Introduction…198

"The Scorn of the Faceless People!" (from Black Magic #2 — volume 1, no. 2, Dec. 1950)…201

"Up There!" (from Black Magic #13 — volume 2, no. 7, June 1952)…211

"The Woman in the Tower!" (from The Strange World of Your Dreams #3, Nov. 1952)…217

Cover: Black Magic #29 (volume 4, no. 5, March 1954)…221

SICK HUMOR

Introduction…222

"A Rainy Day with Housedate Harry"(from My Date #4, Jan. 1948)…225

"20,000 Lugs Under the Sea" (from From Here to Insanity #11, Aug. 1955)…228

"Lenny Bruce" (from SICK, volume1, no. 2, Oct. 1960)…234

Editorial page (from SICK, volume 1, no. 2, Oct. 1960)…236

Cover: SICK #42 (volume 6, no. 2), Feb. 1966…237

A SIMON AND KIRBY BIBLIOGRAPHY…238

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