Each was the son of a tailor, and together they stitched together stories of the fantastic that jumped off the pages of comic books in the golden age of the medium. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created wildly kinetic visions and enduring characters, the most famous being Captain America, the patriotic icon who will leap into film next summer with a big-budget adaptation by Marvel Studios. But many of their creations are from less familiar corners of the pop-culture landscape, and that’s the alluring beauty of the massive new book “The Simon and Kirby Superheroes” (Titan Books, $49.95, in stores Sept. 28), which presents carefully reprinted adventures (in their entirety) featuring characters such as Fighting American, the Stuntman, Private Strong, Captain 3-D and the Fly. It’s a gorgeous volume and authorized by both Simon and the estate of Kirby, and the material was gathered directly from the official Simon and Kirby archives.
To give you a taste of the vintage delights in the book, we have permission to reprint one of the stories in the book, “Curtain Call for Death,” from 1946, which stars the Stuntman, the masked man of mystery who is secretly a Hollywood stuntman. Take a look…
– Geoff Boucher
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