Rare one-page strip by Jaime Hernandez from Weird Tales of the Ramones, an alternative comix anthology that was only available with the box set of the same name. Released August 16, 2005.
Jaime Hernandez comics, the Ramones, and food. My three favorite things.
In this amazing photo: the co-creators of Superman, Batman, Captain America, the X-Men, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, the Fantastic Four hanging out with Lost in Space's Will Robinson, Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, and Twin Peaks' Albert Rosenfeld.
Let that sink in for a moment.
(Bill Mumy, Jack Kirby, Jerry Siegel, Bob Kane, Mark Hamill, and Miguel Ferrer in January 1987.)
Jack Kirby never thought of himself as “The King of Comics”. In fact, the name started as a joke that stuck until he begrudgingly accepted it. However, to generations of comics fans worldwide, that honorific symbolizes how much Jack Kirby contributed to both the comic book medium and pop culture in general. The list of characters and concepts Kirby created or co-created in his 6 decade long career is simply mind-boggling: Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom, Galactus, The Silver Surfer, The X-Men, Iron Man, Nick Fury, The Avengers, Darkseid, Orion, The New Gods, Kamandi, OMAC, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Boom Tubes, Motherboxes, The Negative Zone, The Anti-Life Equation, to name a few. His creations have appeared on t-shirts, lunchboxes, and toy store shelves, and both the big and small screen. In fact, it’s estimated that the gross US ticket sales alone for films featuring Jack Kirby’s characters is nearly 7.5 billion. dollars. Simply put, if you’ve read a comic book, watched a Saturday morning cartoon, or seen a Hollywood blockbuster in the past 50 years, you’ve witnessed part of Jack Kirby’s creative legacy. It’s hard to imagine another artist whose work did more to define a medium, change pop culture, and expand our collective consciousness.
"That must be my job from now on! —-To see that humans get their second chance!”
From Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #4 by Jack Kirby
Even though Kamandi was originally conceived to cash in on the popularity of Planet of the Apes, Kirby couldn’t resist turning the titular character into a superhero. Rather than simply trying to survive the harsh world left after the mysterious disaster, which left humans enslaved by animals, Kamandi sees liberating people as his job, even if he is the last boy on Earth!
Although Kirby doesn’t identify the “disaster” that led to the world of Kamandi, it’s probably safe to assume it was the result of nuclear war. The irony, of course, is that humans are responsible for their own demise. Despite that, Kirby, ever the optimist, knows that humanity, even at its worst, deserves a second chance.