DC Entertainment has confirmed the creative lineup for "The Kamandi Challenge," and debuted a first look at artwork from the upcoming 12-issue series celebrating the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby.
Announced in April at Emerald City Comicon, the project randomly pairs a writer and an artist assigns them one of 12 sections of Earth A.D., the post-apocalyptic setting of Kirby's Kamandi adventures. According to the publisher, the teams work independently of each other, with the first team beginning the story in one section and the final team bending it in the same location.
DC debuted a cover sketch by Bruce Timm, and pages of art by Neal Adams, Dale Eaglesham and Ivan Reis.
Introduced by Kirby in 1972's "Kamandi" #1, Earth A.D. (After Disaster) is the result of the mysterious cataclysm known of the Great Disaster, which unleashed earthquakes and tidal waves, altering the face of the planet and reduced the last bastions of humanity to savagery in a world dominated by intelligent, highly evolved animals (the Ape People, Tiger People, Lizard People and so on).
It's in that setting that Kirby placed Kamandi, the "Last Boy on Earth," a teenager who's the only survivor of the human output in the "Command D" bunker (hence his name) near what was once New York City. When the grandfather who raised him is killed, Kamandi sets off into the outside world in search of other humans. Kirby wrote and drew the series through its 37th issue, and then illustrated issues 38 through 40, which were penned by Gerry Conway.
DC notes that while some parts of Earth A.D. were fully developed by Kirby, others were not, which means it's left to the "Kamandi Challenge" teams to "create fantastic stories worthy of Kirby’s character and the world he created."
The teams for "The Kamandi Challenge" are:
- Issue 1 by Dan Abnett and Dale Eaglesham
- Issue 2 by Peter J. Tomasi and Neal Adams
- Issue 3 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
- Issue 4 by James Tynion and Carlos D’Anda
- Issue 5 by Bill Willingham and Ivan Reis
- Issue # by Steve Orlando and Philip Tan
- Issue 7 by Marguerite Bennett and Dan Jurgens
- Issue 8 by Keith Giffen and Steve Rude
- Issue 9 by Tom King and Kevin Eastman
- Issue 10 by Greg Pak and Joe Prado
- Issue 11 by Rob Williams and Walter Simonson
- Issue 12 by Gail Simone and Ryan Sook
"The Kamandi Challenge" is scheduled to debut in January from DC.