Jack Kirby Collector #85, published by TwoMorrows Publishing, brings to life “Kirby: Animated”, detailing how Kirby and his concepts leaped from celluloid, to paper, and back again.
From his 1930s start on Popeye and Betty Boop and his work being used on the 1960s Marvel Super-Heroes show, to Fantastic Four (in both 1967 and 1978), Super Friends/Super Powers, Scooby-Doo, Thundarr the Barbarian, and Ruby-Spears Productions: it’s the ultimate look at Jack’s work in, and influence on, animation.
Plus, comics and animation’s Evan Dorkin talks about his Kirby inspirations and an abandoned Kamandi animated series. All this, and the magazine’s regular columnists, too, a gallery of Jack’s pencil art, and an unpublished Kirby animation cel cover inked by Evan Dorkin. Edited by John Morrow.
Jack Kirby and Ruby-Spears Productions
Ruby-Spears Productions, co-founded by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the co-creators of Scooby-Doo, hired Kirby in 1980 to work on the series Thundaar the Barbarian. Joe Ruby then asked Kirby to create visuals for original TV series concepts he wanted to seek funding for. Over eight years, Kirby took the ideas of Joe Ruby and turned them into characters, vehicles, gadgets and spaceships.
A Ruby-Spears Revived project, offering art from the archive as NFTs, was launched in 2021, the Twitter account still live, but the associated web site is inactive and the project appears to be on hold, although other aspects, including a Discord group, are still online.
On many works now being sold, Kirby was responsible for the pencils; other artists were employed to ink and colour some of the pieces.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.