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Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby

Charles Hatfield

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031786
eISBN:
9781617031793
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031786.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Jack Kirby (1917–1994) is one of the most influential and popular artists in comics history. With Stan Lee, he created the Fantastic Four and defined the drawing and narrative style of Marvel Comics ... More


Kirby, Stan Lee, and the Creation of Marvel Comics

Charles Hatfield

in Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031786
eISBN:
9781617031793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031786.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Jack Kirby’s creative input at Marvel Comics, focusing on the nature and extent of his contribution to its vaunted rebirth in the 1960s. It explains how Kirby came to be at ... More


How Kirby Changed the Superhero

Charles Hatfield

in Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031786
eISBN:
9781617031793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031786.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines what Marvel Comics accomplished—and what it emboldened Jack Kirby to accomplish later on his own—from the perspective of the superhero as a genre. After sketching the historical ... More


From Renaissance to the Dark Age

Aldo J. Regalado

in Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781628462210
eISBN:
9781626746183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses how the superhero paradigm introduced by Marvel Comics in the 1960s evolved over the course of the twentieth century, ushering what many theorists refer to as a postmodern ... More


Mergers and Marvels (1962–1980)

Chris Murray

in The British Superhero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496807373
eISBN:
9781496807410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807373.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter focuses on the reinvention of the Marvel superhero and the mergers among some of the major comics publishers in Britain during the period 1962–1980. The challenge of reinventing the ... More


The Recovery of the 1980s (1980–1993)

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

in Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732672
eISBN:
9781621039860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732672.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

At the start of the 1980s, the comic book industry underwent a crisis of identity and stagnation. The preceding decade had seen underground comics yield its place to alternative publishers who were ... More


Decline and Rebirth (1955–1962)

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

in Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732672
eISBN:
9781621039860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732672.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The North American comic book industry appeared to undergo a period of transition eight years after suffering a crisis in 1954, when many publishers went under. Once it emerged from a purge and a ... More


Research and Development by Trial and Error (1969–1979)

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

in Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732672
eISBN:
9781621039860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732672.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The comic book industry underwent dramatic changes in the 1970s, when the large publishers failed to arrest declining sales despite saturating the market with hundreds of new titles. It was also ... More


Kirby’s Improbable Career

Charles Hatfield

in Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031786
eISBN:
9781617031793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031786.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter looks at the career of Jack Kirby (1917–1994) as a cartoonist in the world of comics for more than four decades. In order to show what Kirby accomplished and under what circumstances, it ... More


“Unexpected Constants”: Kirby’s Eternals Versus the Marvel Universe

Charles Hatfield

in Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031786
eISBN:
9781617031793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031786.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Jack Kirby’s fascination with the apocalypse by focusing on the factors that compromised and finally scuttled The Eternals, a project reminiscent of the Fourth World. It ... More


The Age of Innovation (1963–1969)

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

in Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732672
eISBN:
9781621039860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732672.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

During a short period in the 1960s, the comic book industry underwent a creative phase the effects of which still linger in the early twenty-first century. The industry’s new commercial and cultural ... More


Introduction

Charles Hatfield

in Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031786
eISBN:
9781617031793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031786.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This book examines the work of Jack Kirby (1917–1994), one of the most influential and popular cartoonists in the history of comics. It looks at the special, often difficult circumstances under which ... More


Kirby’s Technological Sublime

Charles Hatfield

in Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031786
eISBN:
9781617031793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031786.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Jack Kirby’s signature work on Marvel Comics’s Fantastic Four and Thor in terms of his obsessive interest in the technological sublime. It considers how Kirby’s fascination with ... More


Mentoring Ms. Marvel: Marvel’s Kamala Khan and the Reconstitution of Carol Danvers

J. Richard Stevens

in Ms. Marvel's America: No Normal

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496827029
eISBN:
9781496827067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496827029.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In Marvel’s 2014 Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan presented an intersectional symbol of female heroism. Referencing the original 1977 character (Carol Danvers), Khan’s portrayal as a Muslim-American teen from ... More


Southern Super-Patriots and United States Nationalism: Race, Region, and Nation in Captain America

Brannon Costello

in Comics and the U.S. South

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030185
eISBN:
9781621032212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

During World War II, superhero comics achieved a degree of cultural legitimacy by becoming an unofficial instrument of U.S. propaganda that promotes America as a democratic, virtuous, and unified ... More


Gene Day: The Man Who Never Slowed Down

Jason Sacks (ed.)

in The Canadian Alternative: Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496815118
eISBN:
9781496815156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496815118.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter provides a biographical account of the life and work of pioneering cartoonist Gene Day, one of the earliest Canadian cartoonists to bridge the mainstream/alternative gap. The chapter ... More


The End of a Century and the Beginning of a New Century (1993– )

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

in Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732672
eISBN:
9781621039860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732672.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

During the 1990s, the comic book industry’s direct sales distribution system faced an extremely grave crisis after seven years of uninterrupted growth. This crisis decimated the ranks of comic book ... More


From the Streets to the Swamp: Luke Cage, Man-Thing, and the 1970s Class Issues of Marvel Comics

Blair Davis

in Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496816641
eISBN:
9781496816689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496816641.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Two of Marvel Comics’ B-list heroes of the 1970s, Luke Cage and Man-Thing, are seemingly antithetical on the surface: one is a former gang-member and prisoner who acquires super-strength and an ... More


Introduction: “Unmasked at Last!”: Death, Disability, and the Super-Body

Alaniz José

in Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781628461176
eISBN:
9781626740655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461176.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter provides a brief history of the superhero genre. Since its inauguration in 1938's Action Comics #1, the superhero genre has served as a disability and death-denying representational ... More


New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics

Ramzi Fawaz

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479814336
eISBN:
9781479840021
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479814336.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

The New Mutants examines how the American superhero became a cultural embodiment of the political aspirations of racial and gendered minorities in the post-WWII period. The book uncovers how the ... More


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