Thursday, November 1, 2007

negative november- kinski vs. kirby

Well, it was certainly fun doing daily (and sometimes more) posts during the lead up to Halloween last month, and it was very cool taking the time each day and forcing myself to write something, and to think about the things I'd been watching, and also to go through my comics and find the best images to post. That said, daily posting is a hard pace to keep up. For one thing, the quality of the posting suffer a bit, I think, because I'm spending less time on each piece, focusing more on immediate reactions as opposed to taking the time to really think about things. At the same time, I think by the end I was also posting a helluva lot more often than the average reader of this blog (and granted, dear reader, I know you're anything but average) is probably checking Negative Pleasure out. So now that the holiday is done, I'm going to scale back a bit, and maybe try to establish some kind of structure. My plan at the moment is to post maybe two film reviews a week, and one or two more comics postings. These postings will all be dedicated to a specific theme,genre or person- filmmaker, actor, cinematographer/comic book artist or writer. At the same time, if anything catches my eye, if I see something I particularly like, or hate, I'll do an extra posting about that too. So the basic goal is more or less to do a posting every other day or so, sometimes more, sometimes less, mostly about the people of the month (or ideas of the month), with occasional "special" postings about such and such or this and that.


For the first month of this, I've chosen one of my favorite actors and one of my favorite comic book artists- Klaus Kinski and Jack Kirby. There couldn't be two more different people in the world- by all accounts, Kirby was as kind as Kinski was difficult, but both men were brilliant artists in their own right. Kinski, of course, is best known for his collaborations with director Werner Herzog, but he was in more than a hundred films across four decades, from numerous countries and in nearly any genre imaginable.


Since Kinski's films with Herzog have been covered in much detail elsewhere, I'll be focusing on some of the other kinds of films he did, in particular Spaghetti Westerns, Eurocrime and horror films.


Jack Kirby, meanwhile, wrote and drew comic books from the 1930s through the 1990s (he died in 1994). He created definitive, influential work in pretty much every era of comics history. In the 1940s, he co-created Captain America with longtime collaborator Joe Simon. In the 1960s, he co-created, with Stan Lee, the Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, the Avengers, the X-Men and other great characters of the early days of Marvel superheroes. Kirby's dynamic drawing became the house style for Marvel for many years, and influenced score of later comic book artists. In the 1970s, perhpaps Kirby's most creative era, he did some amazing work for DC- the New Gods & 4th World Saga, the Demon, the Sandman, Kamandi, Omac, and also returned to Marvel, where he worked on Captain America and Black Panther. Kirby was less prolific in the 1980s. He did character design for the DC-comics based Super Powers action figures, and collaborated with Steve Gerber on the sublime "Destroyer Duck" series.


Throughout Novemeber, Negative Pleasure will be featuring a variety of Jack Kirby comics, mainly from his 1970s work at DC...














Check back soon for the first installments of Kinski vs. Kirby...

2 comments:

Eric said...

What are those two images, the pink "Soul" one and the green Paris one? I'm guessing the Paris 83 one is a Kirby image? But I can't tell who's related to the Soul one, and it's pretty cool...

harris smith said...

they're both from a 1971 one-shot magazine put out by DC called "Spirit World." Kirby was really into collages and adding photographs to his illustrations in the 1970s, it shows up in some of his DC "New Gods" stuff. just more proof that he was such a supercool dude...