Sunday, November 18, 2007

kirby's kamandi '74-'75

Here's "Kamandi," one of several characters and concepts that Kirby created for DC in the early 1970s. Along with the New Gods, Omac and the Demon, Kamandi represents Kirby at the prime is his creativity. There is a certain sense of abandon around these 70s creations, as Kirby wasn't just interested in creating good characters, he was interested in creating new worlds and ideas in his comics. Kamandi is the "Last Boy on Earth," the lone human survivor (at first anyway, you'll see other humans in the pages below) of an apocalypse known as "The Great Disaster," after which the world is now rules by intelligent animals. The specifics of "The Great Disaster" were never fully explained. It was revealed that Kamandi's world was a potential future for the regular DC Universe in issue 29, where Kamandi finds Superman's costume, though this presumably was more-or-less erased in the 80s after DC's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" revamp. Prior to this, continuity was also established between Kamandi and Omac, as well as DC's earlier post-apocalyptic series, the Atomic Knights. The current DC series "Countdown" has been revealed to be leading up to a new "Great Disaster," maybe, presumably related to their other recent Kirby offshoot, "Death of the New Gods." Anyway, enjoy these images from issues 24 (1974) and 25 (1975)...









Check back in a few days for more Kamandi, Kirby and Kisnki...

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