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Selections From The William Greene Papers I knows about and he s ok with clones being made of his friends The DNA Project is at odds with the Evil Project that is run by Darkseid s men and bent on world domination Somehow Jimmy and the Newsboy Legion fit into all of thatplus Don Rickles and his look alike Goody Rickels The story makes about as much sense as it sounds andind of slogs alongThis is Kirby s style however and even in the weirdness there are glints of great science fiction involving the cloning Boom Tubes and other sci fi tropes that Kirby seems to make feel new and different Stylistically the writing doesn t fit with DC Comics at the time but it also doesn t fit with Marvelit is a weird in between type of writing that feels like its own thing despite having Superman as a lead characterWhat can t be argued is that the art is classic Kirby With big stylized looks Kirby creates giant machines flying cars and monsters that look just as at home in the books he illustrated years before With Superman and Jimmy as the anchors characters like the Newsboy Legion who look and talk like they are from the 40s still manage to fit in with the styleand I also love when Kirby combines real images with cartoon images in big spreadsit feels uniue to his styleSuperman s Pal Jimmy Olsen by Jack Kirby is a weird wild ride that not everyone will get into This collection is the best and cleanest presentation of the stories which allows you to see the art and style that Kirby brought I can t imagine reading Jimmy Olsen as this was released and uestioning what was going onnor can I imagine what it was like to go back to normal stories when he left after Superman s Pal Jimmy Olsen 148 Kirby was King and this is one of the books that made him As an eight year old comic shopping id Jack Kirby s early 1970s run on Jimmy Olsen largely escaped me as my younger sensibilities and tastes were attuned to the simpler and campier stories of the Silver Age However several of the covers from these JO comics made a big impression especially the Don Rickles issues Kirby s imagination just bursts off the pages of these issues especially some of the artwork in those two page spreads If these are the lesser of Kirby s influential Fourth World saga I am anxious to get to some of these other Kirby Centennial DC offerings Mister Miracle is up next Remember that time Don Rickles was in a Superman comic book Jack Kirby remembersI wanted to like this because I like Kirby the Fourth World and Jimmy Olsen but this was a
little too campy Like most of Kirby s solo works this was really strange but not in a way too campy Like most of Kirby s solo works this was really strange but not in a way liked Some parts seemed random and the plot was hard to follow at times I feel like here were missing issues Hoping DC reprints the Forever People for paperbackI didn t like the Newsboy Legion either At times I thought they weren t needed However I liked the villains and the New Gods characters in this book If Superman or Jimmy Olen weren t in this book it would be as goodI m still hoping to read Kirby s Fourth World this volume wasn t the best out of the ones they ve been making but Darkseid does make his first appearance here as little of a part he ha. D the jet powered cycles and otherworldly weapons of these cantankerous clans there lurks a hidden power whose dark ambitions are greater than anyone could suspect When its true nature is finally revealed what will it mean for the future of Metropolis and Earth itselfGasp at the spectacle of super science unleashed and thrill to the imaginative power of one of the medium's greatest masters in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen by Jack Kirby collecting the King's complete run on the celebrated series from issues #133 139 and #141 148.
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This was ind of an odd comic It was Tears For The Little Ones kind of a lead in to the Fourth World saga at DC Comics from Jack Kirby It was Jack Kirby s first comics at DC in 1970 after leaving Marvel comics It had some really weird stuff going on such a microscopic Jimmy Olson tiny clones of Scrapper from the Newsboy Legion a giant green Jimmy Olson that looksind of like the Hulk mythological monsters Jimmy Olson de evolving to a pre human form etc
"it did end "did end some of the mythology from DC comics that I ve been seeing on cartoons since Superman The Animated Series such as the Whiz Wagon Intergang The DNA Project later Proceedings Of The Entomological Society Of Nova Scotia Vol 1 known as Project Cadmus DNAliens Dubbilex and the clone of The Guardian It also introduced one of the biggest villains in the DC Universe Darkseid Campy and goofy and a bit less daring than Kirby s other work for DC in the 70s But despite the strong constraints of a high profile character like Superman Kirby finds some room for his boundless imagination There were chances to read this before but I was never all that interestedI think that this time I took the plunge because two villains Moktari and Simyan were used in an issue of Grant Morrison s BatmanThere are also Fourth World appearances even the first appearance of Darkseid Supposedly Kirby took on DC s worst selling title as a challenge and boasted he could turn it into a hitEhIncidentally I thought the glimpse Superman got of New Genesis in Forever People 1 was a seldom seen aspect of him this longing to be with people of his ownind I did not now Kirby had followed up that story with Superman s chance to visit Supertown Superman s Pal Jimmy Olsen by Jack Kirby collects issues 133 139 and 141 148 all written and drawn by Jack KirbyWhen Jack Kirby left Marvel in 1969 his intent was to create the Fourth World at DC In addition to the New Gods Mister Miracle and Forever People he decided to take on DC s lowest selling title at time time Jimmy Olsen Right out of the gate this feels like the Fantastic Four without the Fantastic Four Jimmy Olsen and Superman team up with the Newsboy Legion and go up against clones bikers monsters the minions of Darkseid and Scots I don t normally care that much for Superman of this era but Kirby uses him sparingly and he feels like a Silver Age Marvel character than an invulnerable planet mover He s like Jimmy Olsen s sidekick in this book Kirby brings the Newsboy Legion and the Golden Guardian back from mothballs and weaves them into the Fourth World saga albeit as sons of the originals and a clone respectivelyThe influence of this run is surprising I had no idea Project Cadmus was based on a Jack Kirby concept The Newsboy Legion and the Golden Guardian were brought back into the fold in the 1990s as well Darkseid makes his first appearance although it s just as a behind the scenes manipulator The plots are pretty simplistic and Kirby s dialog is as clunky as Stan Lee s but the stories are pure fun in a dynamic Jack Kirby sort of way There are giant machines Kirby dots aliens monsters and science fiction concepts like clones Jimmy and the Newsies get shrunk visit other dimensions and bicker the entire time much like the Fantastic Four did in their early days I would say the art in the Fourth World books is Jack Kirby in his prime I just wish Mike Royer inked the entire thing instead of Vicious Vince CollettaWhile his writing isn t the best Jack Kirby s run on Superman s Pal Jimmy Olsen is a bombastic thrill ride embodying the Kirby spirit Four out
of five stars irby s new gods stories five stars Kirby s New Gods stories a masterful work of postmodern art and while this series is tangentially related to that meta narrative including the first appearance of Darkseid it is hardly the masterwork the three main FourthWorld books are That said there s plenty to like here Being a second string spin off book Kirby had lots of room to be inventive with his stories and experimental. Legendary comics creator Jack Kirby reinvented the superhero genre with his sprawling saga of the Fourth World a bold storytelling vision that was decades ahead of its timeIn honor of this extraordinary talent's centennial DC Comics is proud to re present the groundbreaking work of the King of Comics in a brand new series of trade paperback editions collecting his classic DC titles in all their four color gloryKirby debuted his larger than life epic in the pages of DC's beloved sidekick showcase Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen an. .
In his art employing a lot of mixed media and collage here that challenges comic book convention Kirby also writes a great Superman balancing his serious determination and a playful spirit There s also a sadness and loneliness a longing for a place to belong that carries over from the Forever People All that said the book battles what I assume were publishing demands that the book aim at young Lehrbuch Der Vergleichenden Entwicklungsgeschichte Der Wirbellosen Tiere kids and Kirby s big ideas Lots to like though I have mixed feelings about these comics On the one hand they re part of Jack Kirby s Fourth World I ve loved The New Gods and Mister Miracle since I first read the black and white trade paperbacks in the early 2000 s but I d never read Kirby s issues of Superman s Pal Jimmy Olsen until now and I still haven t read The Forever People I really wish DC would do a similarly styled trade paperback reprint of The Forever People in full color hopefully they re planning on it And all the moments in these comics touching on the Fourth World are really cool But on the other hand they re super goofy Almost every scene with the Newsboy Legion is pretty silly I do think it s funny that Kirby decided to bring back thisid gang that he and Joe Simon created in the 40 s but I m just not that into itAnother mark against Superman s Pal Jimmy Olsen is that we re not really getting undiluted Kirby here Throughout I noticed that Superman and Jimmy Olsen have much prettier faces than Kirby usually draws for his male characters Even when Kirby draws a handsome man like Thor he still looks hewn from granite If you look at the Table of Contents the credits for one of the issues say that Neal Adams redrew Superman and Jimmy Olsen s heads but after reading this blog post from Kirby s former assistant Mark Evanier it sounds like DC had other artists redraw their heads to be in brand in all the issues and they didn t eep full resolution copies of Kirby s original pencils Lame At least they included some copies of Kirby s pencils in the back of this book so you can get an idea of what his Superman would ve looked like I sort of expected for the first part of Jack Kirby s big Fourth World saga This introduces Darkseid and some of the bigger concepts but they re Fourth World saga This introduces Darkseid and some of the bigger concepts but they re background generic supervillain schemers here Every story has Jimmy Olsen and his friends getting caught up in some wacky scheme usually involving Jimmy Olsen himself becoming something new Motorcycle ing Sure Hulk Why not Tarzan Yeah sure let s go Some of the adventures are fun Kirby experimentation while some of them are honestly Poems Of The Soil And Sea kind of boring The Newsboy Legion as Kirby reimagines them are pretty cliche and honestlyind of dated let s not talk about Flippa Dippa in a bad way Still it s a fun start to the series and some neat uses of Superman as a supporting character Reprints Superman s Pal Jimmy Olsen 133 139 and 141 148 October 1970 April 1972 Jimmy Olsen and the children of the original Newsboy Legion find themselves sent to the Wild Area by their new boss Morgan Edge There Jimmy discovers a new world of adventure involving the Harriers Project DNA and a handful of clones What Jimmy and his friend Superman don t now is that Earth is about to be brought into an intergalactic war with Darkseid and his minions on Apokolips As Jimmy and the Newsboy Legion
trip the fantastic Darkseid s forces are growing stronger and Jimmy and the Newsboys could the fantastic Darkseid s forces are growing stronger and Jimmy and the Newsboys could be Earth s first line of defenseWritten and illustrated by Jack Kirby Superman s Pal Jimmy Olsen by Jack Kirby is a DC Comics superhero collection The series has been reprinted multiple times and issues in the volume Fourth World Omnibus Volume 1 3 and Jack Kirby The Fourth World Omnibus among other collections Not included in the collection is Superman s Pal Jimmy Olsen 140 September 1971 which was a reprint issueWhen Jack Kirby would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2017 Marvel and DC began D the Man of Steel's world would never be the same After resurrecting the Newsboy Legion his scrappy band of half pint heroes from the Golden Age of Comics Kirby launched them headlong into some of the strangest adventures ever to befall Daily Planet stalwarts Jimmy Olsen and Clark KentBeyond the boundaries of civilization in the uncharted land nown as the Wild Area radical new societies are forming including vibrant tribes like the Hairies and the Outsiders Young and free they answer to no authority save their ownBut behin. .