‘The Simon and Kirby Library — Horror': Preview new Titan anthology

March 03, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.
1 The Simon and Kirby Library    Horror: Preview new Titan anthology

"The Simon and Kirby Library -- Horror." (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby/ Titan Books)

2 The Simon and Kirby Library    Horror: Preview new Titan anthology

"The Simon and Kirby Library -- Horror." (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby/ Titan Books)

3 The Simon and Kirby Library    Horror: Preview new Titan anthology

"The Simon and Kirby Library -- Horror." (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby/ Titan Books)

4 The Simon and Kirby Library    Horror: Preview new Titan anthology

"The Simon and Kirby Library -- Horror." (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby/ Titan Books)

5 The Simon and Kirby Library    Horror: Preview new Titan anthology

"The Simon and Kirby Library -- Horror." (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby/ Titan Books)

6 The Simon and Kirby Library    Horror: Preview new Titan anthology

"The Simon and Kirby Library -- Horror." (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby/ Titan Books)

7 The Simon and Kirby Library    Horror: Preview new Titan anthology

"The Simon and Kirby Library -- Horror." (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby/ Titan Books)

8 The Simon and Kirby Library    Horror: Preview new Titan anthology

"The Simon and Kirby Library -- Horror." (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby/ Titan Books)

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s comics collaborations yielded some classic, spine-tingling tales — and for the first time, the entirety of their work in the genre is being collected, in the new hardcover edition, “The Simon and Kirby Library — Horror,” due this week from English publisher Titan.

Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive excerpt from the new book in the gallery above or using the links below.

"The Simon and Kirby Library -- Horror."  (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby/ Titan Books)

“The Simon and Kirby Library — Horror.” (The estate of Joseph H. Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby / Titan Books)

Simon and Kirby’s fabled creative partnership left an indelible imprint on comics — in Timely Comics’ Captain America Comics #1, dated March 1941 but out the previous December, they introduced the world to the patriotic superhero whose legacy and influence remains widespread — Cap will star in his second big-screen solo outing this spring, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” opening April 4.

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By the time the duo began to explore horror comics with suspense-filled tales such as “Black Magic” and “The Thing in the Fog!” they’d turned out impressive titles starring the Boy Commandos and the Newsboy Legion, among others. The pair had their own company for a short time, Mainline, before pursuing separate paths (then coming back together briefly in 1959 to work on superhero titles for Archie Comics).

Simon died at the age of 98 in 2011; Kirby died in 1994 at the age of 76.

To honor his memory, Kirby’s youngest granddaughter, Jillian, created Kirby4Heroes, a venture she launched to help generate donations for the Hero Initiative, the only nonprofit organization to help comic book creators in need, offering assistance to artists and writers.

Simon and Kirby’s work on superheroes was celebrated in an earlier Titan volume, 2010’s “The Simon & Kirby Superheroes.”

– Gina McIntyre| @LATHeroComplex

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