Sunday, March 04, 2007

More on the Kirby book...

I've continued reading "Tales to Astonish," Ronin Ro's biography of Jack Kirby... and the factual errors just keep on coming!

I mean, I just read where, to keep DC from discovering they were publishing superheroes (back when Marvel was being distributed by DC's company), that on Amazing Fantasy #15 and Incredible Hulk #1, the covers were done to make the new heroes "barely noticeable" -- say WHAT?!?! Did this guy even LOOK at those covers before writing such garbage?

Hey also talks about how Marvel latched on to the youth that was following the Beatles... and I'm sorry, but the Beatles hit the US after the first Marvel Age books hit the stands.

I mean, the kind of errors in this book are things that even someone with a casual interest in comic book history would identify as being wrong, wrong, wrong! I suppose that given that nothing in the author's blurb on the inside back cover indicates that Ronin Ro has any interest in comics at all should've been a clue.

Hopefully, it won't be all that long before Mark Evanier's Kirby bio comes out, which should be a much better volume than this one.

I don't even know how this book manages to call itself a biography of Kirby, given that there's been much more about Stan Lee and how he turned things around at Marvel in the early 1960s than about Kirby himself. I just don't feel like I'm getting anything out of this book at all... other than it does give me something to blog about, I suppose! And I will finish reading it, too.

Jon

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