Sunday, November 25, 2007

kamandi- the final(ish) chapter

So, last night's show was pretty fun. Considering that our band was formed all of about three days ago, and we'd practiced twice since then, it really wasn't bad for a first time out. There were a couple of technical problems, and neither of us could really hear what we were doing (both of us were playing through the same amp), but in the end it sounded decent, and the club invited us to play again sometime, which hopefully we'll get to do when we have more than one song to play. Overall the experience was a welcome change of a pace and a bit of a shot in the arm in terms of motivation. I'll post some video from the night sometime soon.

Meanwhile, here's the last of Jack Kirby's Kamandi that I have to post for now, issues 28 and 32. Several issues after 32, around '75-'76, Kirby left DC to return to Marvel for a few years. Unlike most of the other Kirby-created series (Demon, Sandman, OMAC and the New Gods titles), DC chose to continue Kamandi. It ran for about two more years, through issue 59. Apparently at least two more issues were written and drawn but never printed, probably due to the "DC Implosion" of the late 1970s. Kirby returned to DC is the 1980s, where he did the Hunger Dogs graphic novel, and the Super Powers series, based on the cartoon and toy line which he did some design work for (and which yielded action figures of several Kirby created characters, mainly from the New Gods).






Kamandi 32 is one of very cool "Giant" issues put out by DC around 1975. For several months, most of DC's regular series increased in page length. Some carried longer stories, some featured addition new material with different characters (such as the incredible Manhunter series by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson that appeared in Detective Comics), some featured reprints of older (usually Golden Age) material. This was an offshoot of DC's "80-Page Giant" series, which ran from 1964 through 1971.

Kamandi 32 also features a brief biographical section on Kirby, which is below. Sorry for the so-so quality of the scans, it was hard to get a good image of the whole page without wrecking the spine of the comic, which I didn't feel like doing. Some of the edges are cut off, but in full size it's still mostly readable...








Check back in a few for some of Kirby's 1970s Marvel stuff, and some more Kinski (I'm just about recovered from the trauma of "Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud")...

2 comments:

Eric said...

Your reading public wants to know more about this "DC implosion" you speak of.

harris smith said...

In the late 1970s, DC had to raise their prices due to inflation. Instead of just keeping everything the same and raising the prices a nickel, DC launched what they called the "DC Explosion." Prices were raised to maybe fifty cents, but the number of pages per issue was like doubled, and they launched a ton of new titles. The energy crisis kind of messed with their shipping, though, and maybe production as well, which led to the "DC Implosion." About 20 titles were canceled, and the surviving comics were returned to their original length, with lower prices. It's too bad because I don't think the failure of the "Explosion" was a quality issue at all, I think it was just a bad time to try and shake things up so much...