A lot has been going on and I’m way behind in posting. Easiest to post links:
I’m now a regular contributor to Imprint, Print Magazine’s online blog:
Great review of my new book from powerHouse Golden Age Western Comics here:
PowerHouse book also has a great new book of interviews and photos of comic creators by writer Christopher Irving (who wrote the intro to my book) and photographer Seth Kushner, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics
While I’m at it, Fantagraphics will release my Out of the Shadows next month, the first reprint book dedicated to Mort Meskin:
And they just released the third volume of their Ditko reprints by Blake Bell, Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives:
And lastly, I was quoted in an article on Jack Kirby in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:
I have an article up on the PRINT website on Jack Kirby:
One thing unmentioned in the article is that there is a boycott of all things Marvel/Disney which I fully support.
As the petition says Kirby played a primary role in the creation of the “Marvel Universe” now worth billions, yet receives no such credit and his heirs are not paid any royalties. Kirby is one of many other comic book creators who have been treated shabbily over the years. The Kirby estate is currently appealing a court decision in favor of Marvel/Disney and now is the time to send Marvel a message.
Mort Meskin has been nominated for the Eisner Hall of Fame. If you are an industry professional you can register and vote. It only takes a few minutes.
Thanks to my buddy Steve Cohen for the header. Now that Satchmo is off to the printer I’ve dug into my next book project, on the seminal comic book artist Mort Meskin for Fantagraphics. To that end I have begun a yahoo group for those who love his work or want to find out more and discuss:
Meskin is one of the unsung heroes of comic book art. Beginning his career in 1938 he was one of the twentieth century’s most influential comic book artists. His drawing technique, use of shadows and light, and storytelling ability are considered by many to be without par. Sheena of the Jungle, Vigilante, Ty-Gor son of Tiger, The Press Guardian, Dick Storm, Johnny Quick, Starman and Wildcat are among his earliest characters. Working with Jerry Robinson the team produced The Black Terror, Fighting Yank, Golden Lad, and Atoman. Next he worked for the legendary Simon and Kirby studio, producing work for Black Magic, Boys Ranch, Captain 3D, Headline, Justice Traps the Guilty, Young Romance, Young Love, and The Strange World of Your Dreams. From 1954 through 1965 he worked for DC on such titles as House of Secrets, House of Mystery, Strange Adventures, My Greatest Adventures and others.
The art is by Jack Kirby with inks and colors by me. Kirby was my earliest artistic role model and never before has his influence on our culture been more profound. Beyond the comics page through film and television his archetypes, creations and co-creations have become our new mythology: the list is staggering: Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the Silver Surfer, the New Gods, just to name a few.
There is a new book out by Mark Evanier, Kirby: King of Comics, which I have reviewed for Print Magazine. This is a “coffee table” art book, with beautiful reproductions, from H.N. Abrams publisher.