Saturday, November 10, 2007

kirby's mr. miracle 1973

Here, as promised (actually I don't think I promised anything, but, y'know- words and stuff), is an issue of one of Jack Kirby's New Gods titles, "Mr. Miracle." This comes from issue 16, from 1973, and it's not really all that representative of the series, since it mainly focuses on one of Mr. Miracle's sidekicks, Shilo Norman (another fairly early example of Kirby's introduction of African American characters to DC's continuity. Kirby, it should be noted, also co-created -with Stan Lee- Marvel's first Black superhero, the Black Panther, several years earlier).

Mr. Miracle is a really cool character. He was born the son of the Highfather of New Genesis (the "good" side of Kirby's Fourth World), but traded for the son of the evil Darkseid as part of a diplomatic deal with Apokolips (the "bad" side of the Fourth World). Mr. Miracle (real name Scott Free) was raised in a 'terror orphanage' on Apokolips before becoming a revolutionary and escaping to Earth, where he became the student of an escape artist, eventually becoming a masterful escape artist himself. Eventually, Mr. Miracle was joined on earth by his wife (from Apokolips) Big Barda, and the two settled down in the suburbs, becoming a part of the late 1980s incarnation of the Justice League (by Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis). Barda was also a member of the Birds of Prey.

Most recently, Mr. Miracle has become a central figure in DC's "Death of the New Gods" series (written and drawn by Jim Starlin), with Barda apparently murdered (it seems like every time DC wants to kick off a crisis, they kill a member of the Giffen-DeMatteis Justice League, Barda is the 5th or so to die in the last 3 or 4 years).

Even without Mr. Miracle in the spotlight, this issue has your standard Kirby ka-pow! as evidenced by the pages below. Click on images for full-size view...






Many of Kirby's comics featured really impressive splash pages. Here, in two sections, is this issue's, featuring all of the series' main characters...




Check back in a few days for some selections from Kirby's "The Demon," and any day now, my first Kinski review (because I've been slow on the Kinski, and I actually have alot of his films, and a ton more Kirby stuff I can post, I think I'll be continuing the Kinski vs. Kirby theme another month, through the end of 2007)...

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