Sunday, August 27, 2017

Kirby's 2001 A Space Odyssey: Treasury Special

In 1976, Marvel Comics welcomed Jack King Kirby back to the fold. As part of his return they published a Marvel Treasury Special adaptation of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. I recently re-read this and was blown away by the scope of Kirby's work in this oversized format. I doubt this can ever be reprinted again. Others have written longer essays about how great this is, I prefer to look at a few of the mind blowing splash pages...

Kirby 2001 - blown through the hatch

David Bowman getting blown through the hatch back into the spaceship so he can take out Hal.
Kirby 2001 - moonbase
The incredible double page spread of a shuttle zipping across the moonscape with a base / mineral city below it.

Kirby 2001 - Bowman destroys Hal

Dave Bowman removing Hal's memory discs, the most dramatic scene from the movie.
Kirby 2001 - a trip

The final trip that Bowman takes, courtesy of the Monolith, is even wilder than the one from the movie.

Kirby always believed that comics were a great art form and deserved presentation in different formats and graphic novels. This was one time he was able to prove his point very skillfully. This Treasury special is well worth buying used on eBay if you are a Kirby fan. Nuff Said!

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