Being that I’m not a normal reader of science fiction comic books (Wonder Woman all the way for me), this was outside my comfort zone but I’m glad I picked it up. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were some of the earliest fathers of the American comic, and it’s amazing to see a collection of their work focusing on their sci-fi. Starting in 1940 and working its way to 1966, this book features some of the must read sci-fi comics they created. Nazis and the Cold War both feature prominently in the works, especially in the Blue Bolt collection. The attitude towards women is indicative of it’s time, but readers today will find it humorous how women are treated (and drawn) in the supposedly futuristic outer space worlds they inhabit. The Alarming Tales were my favorite stories, but the collection over all was entertaining and interesting. Definitely a must have for the avid science fiction comic collection, but also a welcome read for comic book and science fiction fans alike.
The Simon and Kirby Library: Science Fiction spans more than 20 years, beginning with the first stories Joe Simon and Jack Kirby ever produced together (beginning in June 1940)--their ten-issue run of Blue Bolt adventures. Then the Cold War years will be represented by Race For the Moon, featuring pencils by Kirby and inked artwork by comic book legends Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, and Al Williamson.
"Joe was one of the industry's greatest innovators--he commissioned stories from some of the greatest talents of the time," series editor Steve Saffel notes. "Thanks to his efforts, we have exclusive access to more than 80 pages of original artwork from the 1950s. Stories by all four artists appear in all of their stunning detail. This was a book Joe wanted the world to see."
Other rarities from both decades are included, and as a bonus for readers, the volume features stories illustrated by Crandall, Torres, and Williamson--without Kirby.
Including an introduction by Dave Gibbons, the award-winning co-creator and illustrator of Watchmen, this is an historic volume no comic book aficionado will be able to live without.