The Simon & Kirby Library: Science Fiction

The Simon & Kirby Library: Science Fiction

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by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
     
 

The Simon and Kirby Library: Science Fiction spans more than 20 years, beginning with the first stories Joe Simon and Jack Kirby ever produced together (beginning in June 1940)—their ten-issue run of Blue Bolt adventures. Then the Cold War years will be represented by Race For the Moon, featuring pencils by Kirby and inked artwork by comic

Overview

The Simon and Kirby Library: Science Fiction spans more than 20 years, beginning with the first stories Joe Simon and Jack Kirby ever produced together (beginning in June 1940)—their ten-issue run of Blue Bolt adventures. Then the Cold War years will be represented by Race For the Moon, featuring pencils by Kirby and inked artwork by comic book legends Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, and Al Williamson.

"Joe was one of the industry's greatest innovators—he commissioned stories from some of the greatest talents of the time," series editor Steve Saffel notes. "Thanks to his efforts, we have exclusive access to more than 80 pages of original artwork from the 1950s. Stories by all four artists appear in all of their stunning detail. This was a book Joe wanted the world to see."

Other rarities from both decades are included, and as a bonus for readers, the volume features stories illustrated by Crandall, Torres, and Williamson—without Kirby.

Including an introduction by Dave Gibbons, the award-winning co-creator and illustrator of Watchmen, this is an historic volume no comic book aficionado will be able to live without.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“In addition “The Simon and Kirby Library: Science Fiction” contains unpublished material so this is a rare treat. This volume is a book to sit down with and not hurry through. It takes time to read and enjoy the stories and really savor the artwork. I really enjoyed everything about this book and recommend it highly!” – Vic’s Media Room 

“At 320 pages, you’ll spend several days enjoying these stories of the future through the eyes of guys writing when Sputnik was circling the planet. Their own optimism and sense of wonder about far off, unknown worlds seeps through the pages of every story. Readers expecting classic comic books stories to be ho-hum will be surprised by how modern many of the tales feel. Their work also establishes early wide boundaries for the science fiction genre, expanding into fantasy, action/adventure and even horror.” – Borg.com 

“It’s a great addition to a comics collection and a tribute to the skill of Simon and Kirby.” – Hearts on Fire Review 

"Most old school fans primarily go to Simon & Kirby for the superhero stuff, but the fact of the matter is these guys produced top-of-the-line work in whatever genre they chose. Heartily recommended to lovers of good, basic comic book storytelling." - Blogcritics

"Amazing tales of aliens and madness in one collection from the godfathers of comics." - Crave gift guide

 

Library Journal
This volume collects sf comics by Simon (cocreator with Kirby, Captain America) and Kirby (The Incredible Hulk; Fantastic Four) and others during the period 1940–60s. The book is divided into sections for each decade, each of which has an introduction placing the stories in historical context. The works are fast-paced, plot-driven adventures featuring alien life forms, space travel, and astonishing, unlikely technologies. Heroes battle evil villains, uncover Martian civilizations, capture galactic criminals, and travel the fourth dimension, while an unassuming man named Donnegan disappears into space on a strange man’s office/rocket chair before returning to Earth strangely dressed and speaking in an alien tongue. The art style is typical of its time, with square-jawed heroes, cigar-shaped rockets, and Ben-Day dot printing. Thick paper and bright colors add to the overall crisp production.

Verdict The heavy-on-plot nature of the stories will not satisfy the taste of fans of contemporary comics with more complex character-driven stories, but this book provides high-quality material for researchers and general readers interested in the history of comics and the work of two influential creators.—Brian Looker, Appleton P.L., WI
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848569614
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
17.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created one of the most famous icons in popular culture with Captain America, star of the 2011 blockbuster film, also featured in the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers. Simon was the first editor of Marvel Comics, and together he and Kirby conquered every genre, raising the bar on an entire industry.

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VicG More than 1 year ago
Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in their book, “The Simon & Kirby Library: Science Fiction” Book Five in The Simon & Kirby Library series published by Titan Books brings us the science fiction adventures written and drawn by this highly talented duo. From the Back Cover: Out of this world action! From the very beginning Joe Simon and Jack Kirby loved science fiction. Their first collaboration was Blue Bolt, in the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon tradition, and the first series to carry the Simon and Kirby byline. Among their finest stories were the Sputnik-era space adventures where, in addition to Kirby, Simon recruited legendary illustrators Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson and Wally Wood to bring his sensational science fiction concepts to life. Collecting over 300 pages of thrilling science fiction comics, some never reprinted, with more than 80 pages restored from original artwork! The thirties and forties were a time of great creativity in the book and pulp fiction world and, more so, in the comics world. And the most creative team was that of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Mostly everyone has heard of Captain America, well these two created him. However that is not all they did and their early works are lovingly collected for us in this extraordinary volume. “The Simon and Kirby Library: Science Fiction” spans more than 20 years, beginning with the first stories Joe Simon and Jack Kirby ever produced together. For me it is great fun to see Mr. Kirby’s art change over the years as he polished his artistic skills; great at first, then getting better and better. Some of the great stories and art in this volume have not been seen since they first came out and there is more than eighty pages of restored original artwork. In addition ”The Simon and Kirby Library: Science Fiction” contains unpublished material so this is a rare treat. This volume is a book to sit down with and not hurry through. It takes time to read and enjoy the stories and really savor the artwork. I really enjoyed everything about this book and recommend it highly! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”