Marvel Comics has announced via a press release the forthcoming arrival of the "King-Size Kirby" hardcover. Hailed in as monumental and decades-spanning, the 800-page collection will collect material from over forty Marvel comics published between 1940 and 1978 to showcase and celebrate the career and art of Jack Kirby.
Along with Stan Lee, Jack Kirby helped create the modern Marvel Universe with 1961's "Fantastic Four" #1 and went on to co-create and illustrate the adventures of the Hulk, the X-Men, the Avengers, Sgt. Fury and Thor among many others. "If there were a Mount Rushmore of American comic book artists, Jack Kirby would be front and center," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso in the release.
The hardcover will come in Marvel's relatively new Adamantium-sized format, which they previously used for the similarly hefty "Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection." Like that 2013 release, the "King-Size" volume will stand over a foot tall.
"Fans should reinforce their bookshelves and coffee tables," said Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. "This one is going to be huge -- literally! We're aiming to bring fans the ultimate collection, the ultimate collectable and the definitive Jack Kirby experience. The King of Comics deserves no less."
The "King-Size Kirby" hardcover will go on sale in July 2015. For a list of comics included in the collection, check out the press release below.
Official Press Release
Hail to the King With the KING-SIZE KIRBY Collection!
He's the King of Comics. A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. In 2015, celebrate Jack "King" Kirby's incredible contribution to comic book history in the monumental, decades-spanning KING-SIZE KIRBY HARDCOVER collection!
Presented in Marvel's Adamantium-sized format, this titanic tome clocks in at more than 800 pages of Kirby's finest stories and stands more than a foot tall! For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience these truly genre-defining stories in a format that complements Jack Kirby's unsurpassed art and storytelling abilities.
"If there were a Mount Rushmore of American comic book artists, Jack Kirby would be front and center," says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.
Whether it was westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor or super heroes - Jack Kirby could do it all! From Captain America punching Adolf Hitler to the super heroic creation of the Fantastic Four, X-Men and Avengers on to the far-out space opera of the Eternals, savor Jack Kirby's most iconic comics in this one, unforgettable collection.
"Fans should reinforce their bookshelves and coffee tables," says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. "This one is going to be huge - literally! We're aiming to bring fans the ultimate collection, the ultimate collectable and the definitive Jack Kirby experience. The King of Comics deserves no less."
This summer, experience the work of Jack Kirby brought to life like never before. A collection for the ages, experience the groundbreaking storytelling of one of the medium's greatest pioneers when the KING-SIZE KIRBY HARDCOVER hits stores in July! Hail to the King.
KING-SIZE KIRBY collects material from RED RAVEN #1; MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #13; CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS (1941) #1, 7; TALES TO ASTONISH #5; RAWHIDE KID #17; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #1, STRANGE TALES #89, #94 and #114; TEEN-AGE ROMANCE #84; FANTASTIC FOUR #1, #48-51, #57-60 and ANNUAL #5; INCREDIBLE HULK #3; TWO-GUN KID #60; LOVE ROMANCES #103; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8; SGT. FURY #6 and #13; AVENGERS #4; TALES OF SUSPENSE #59; X-MEN #9; THOR #134-136 and #155-157; NOT BRAND ECHH #1; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1-2; CAPTAIN AMERICA'S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES; CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #200; ETERNALS #7; DEVIL DINOSAUR #1; and WHAT IF? #11
KING-SIZE KIRBY HCWritten by JACK KIRBY, MARTIN BURNSTEIN, JOE SIMON & STAN LEEPenciled by JACK KIRBYCover by JACK KIRBYOn Sale JULY 2015!