The Prisoner Jack Kirby Gil Kane Art Edition by Jack KirbyThe Prisoner Jack Kirby Gil Kane Art Edition by Jack Kirby

The Prisoner Jack Kirby Gil Kane Art Edition

byJack KirbyIllustratorGil Kane

Hardcover | July 10, 2018

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Drawn by two of the true great comic book legends, Jack Kirby and Gil Kane, this is a facsimile collection of a 'long-lost', unpublished legendary comic book based on the cult classic 1967 British TV show, The Prisoner, co-created, written, directed and starring Patrick McGoohan (Scanners, Braveheart).
Jack Kirby was regarded as one of the major innovators of comic books as one of its most prolific and influential creators. He, along with Joe Simon and Stan Lee, created the highly successful superheroes such as Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk. The Lee-Kirby titles garnered high sales and critical acclaim....
Title:The Prisoner Jack Kirby Gil Kane Art EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:64 pages, 11.5 × 17 × 0.98 inPublished:July 10, 2018Publisher:TitanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1785862871

ISBN - 13:9781785862878

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from For Fans of Mister Miracle OR Jack Kirby Only If you have no knowledge of Mister Miracle or no fondness for Jack Kirby's art this is more of a novelty or 2 star book but I gave it an extra star because it was the first time I read the original issues of this interesting character written by the creative mind of Jack Kirby when he moved from Marvel to DC and created the FOURTH WORLD with New Genesis and Apokolips with the much used villain Darkseid. These books have been rightly praised as being filled to the top with creativity but what people fail to ALSO say is as creative as Kirby was and as gifted as he was a visual artist he was VERY poor at subtlety - good dialogue, developing multidimensional characters and stories that made a lot of sense. Stan Lee at Marvel helped focus his energies but left on his own Kirby was all over the place. His art - which was powerful and influenced many to come - was also getting dated by this time and a tad sloppy. By the 18th issue of this series it was getting a little embarrassing and the inker Royer wasn't helping. I have a special place in my heart for the character Mister Miracle and I can't tell you exactly why - I think the concept (which Kirby was the King at) is perfect - a master escape artist who managed to escape from the prison world of Apokolips, with the help of his then friend and future wife Big Barda (Jack was NOT the king when it came to names). The first issues take the vague idea and make it fun - we get some over the top escapes and some larger than life villains. We get Kirby at his best in terms of art with inker Vince Colletta (who imposed his style TOO much on Kirby's pencil art BUT I think this worked in the end because nobody could draw faces like Vince). So at the start this is a fun concept with great ideas, a lot of fun stories and great art. But as the series wears on Jack's weaknesses in storytelling begin to show - yes we still get some great villains and a little bit of story development but after a year, Oberon, Mister Miracle's sidekick, is still just a prop with no personality, Mister Miracle (Scott Free) and Big Barda barely interact in a meaningful way but we get a quick marriage at the end of the series and we get some new side characters Ted Brown and Shilo who don't really fit in or make much sense (why does a young teenager human Shilo Norman gain the strength of Barda and escape powers of Mister Miracle?) The first issues were a fun read - the last ones made little sense and felt VERY rushed. The low point comes when Kirby bails out of a particularly weird story by saying "it was just a dream!" Yikes. Also - that last issue and the rushed wedding - very awkward. Obviously, someone told Kirby in the middle of him doing the issue "The series is cancelled! Wrap it up quick!" If you take this series for what it is - a product of the 70's and an experiment by Kirby that didn't quite work out - it is fun but not great comic book storytelling. What did end up working out is how Kirby's Fourth World went on to inspire future writers so if you are a fan of comic book history it is worth the read. If not - give it a miss.
Date published: 2017-10-14