In this book, Charles Hatfield examines the artistic legacy of one of America's true comic book giants. He analyzes the development of Kirby's cartooning technique, his use of dynamic composition, the recurring themes and moral ambiguities in his work, his eventual split from Lee, and his later work as a solo artist. Against the backdrop of Kirby's earlier work in various genres, Hand of Fire examines the peak of Kirby's career, when he introduced a new sense of scope and sublimity to comic book fantasy.
About the Author
Charles Hatfield, Northridge, California, is associate professor of English at California State University, Northridge. He is the author of Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature. Follow his blog at handoffire.wordpress.com/.
Table of Contents
Chapter 0 Kirby's Improbable Career 20
Chapter 1 Kirby's Narrative Art 36
Chapter 2 Kirby, Stan Lee, And The Creation Of Marvel Comics 78
Chapter 3 How Kirby Changed The Superhero 108
Chapter 4 Kirby's Technological Sublime 144
Chapter 5 The Great Bust-Out: Kirby's Fourth World 172
Chapter 6 Kirby At Apogee 206
Chapter 7 "Unexpected Constants": Kirby's Eternals Versus The Marvel Universe 228
Kirby And Kirbyana In Print And In Fandom 253
Works Cited 272