Friday, October 31, 2008

spirit world...

I've been saving this one for months with the thought of putting it up on Halloween this year. It's Spirit World, from 1971. This comes from the brief period during which DC considered entering the b&w comics magazine market. Under the arm of "Hampshire Distributors," they put out two magazines, "In the Days of the Mob" and "Spirit World," both under creative control of Jack Kirby. These magazines weren't distributed widely enough, and in some ways Kirby's style at the time, given pretty much creative freedom on these, might have been too weird for younger audiences. Anyway, both titles were canceled after one issue. Actually, one of them might have had a 2nd issue, I'm not entirely sure. Some of Kirby's unused material from "Spirit World" wound up in the first issues of "Weird Mystery Tales."


I could write about this stuff, but what's to say? It's fucking brilliant. There's a reason they called Kirby "the King." Plus, you get a gag page by Sergio Aaragones. This is horror comic paradise...












Happy Halloween!

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