We knew Dez Skinn, former editor of Comics International, Warrior and many more Brtitish comics titles couldn’t keep away from good old print journalism forever. His next project is the 15th anniversary special of the world’s first-ever magazine devoted to the work of the King of Comics: Jack Kirby.
The new Jack Kirby Quarterly #15 is the brainchild of Chrissie Harper, a regular contributor to CI over the years: a special 68-page full-sized magazine, overviewing the entire 60 plus year career of the master of US comicbooks, with contributions and insight from top comics creators and specialist journalists including Kevin Eastman, Mark Evanier, Paul Gambaccini, Paul Gravett, Nigel Kitching, Peter Laird, Bob McLeod, John Morrow, Dez Skinn, William Stout, Greg Theakston and Marv Wolfman.
“When I stumbled across a stash of back issues of Chrissie’s Jack Kirby Quarterly magazine, I was very impressed by them,” Dez told downthetubes. They’re very different to John Morrow’s excellent Jack Kirby Collector, they put a greater focus on analysis than art, providing in-depth features, albeit still well-illustrated.
“Half-jokingly, I suggested she might wish to produce it once more, but through my own Quality Communications imprint this time. I was delighted to discover this year would mark the magazine’s 15th anniversary and she was keen to produce a special issue to celebrate. (OK, the maths don’t work for a 15th anniversary of a magazine with Quarterly in the title only now achieving its 15th issue, but this isn’t the real world, this is funny books!)
“With the intention of continuing, should sales justify such, the magazine will sensibly be retitled Jack Kirby Annual from next year.”
Could this new magazine mark the start of more Dez Skinn-helmed magazines? Once that printer’s ink gets under your fingernails, we know there’s know escaping it!
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.