March 03, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.
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. 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. Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 […]
Feb. 24, 2012 | 1:00 p.m.
Joe Simon, a titan in comics, died in December at 98, just months after his most famous character, Captain America, was leaping to the silver screen. Together with artist Jack Kirby, Simon made the star-spangled superhero one of the most iconic characters in comics. A new book, “Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics,” by writer Christopher Irving and photographer Seth Kushner, explores the life and career of Simon, Kirby and more than 50 other comics creators. “Leaping Tall Buildings” arrives in May, but in the meantime, Hero Complex readers can enjoy a sneak peek with this excerpt: “I was the sacrificial lamb,” Joe Simon says of his first job, at fly-by-night publisher Fox Comics in 1940. “I came in, and we had no staff and I had to do all the covers. I didn’t have a letterer, I […]
Dec. 16, 2011 | 12:10 p.m.
Joe Simon, a pioneer figure in American comic books who had a defining career moment in March 1941 when he gave the world a star-spangled superhero named Captain America, has died. He was 98. Simon died Wednesday in New York City after a brief illness, according to a statement from his family, and his death adds a solemn final note to the 70th anniversary of his greatest creation, Captain America, who leaped across the big screen this summer with the Marvel Studios film “Captain America: The First Avenger.” That film grossed $368 million in worldwide box office and earned strong reviews despite the early skepticism about the 21st century prospects of a Roosevelt-era character who looks like a walking American flag. Simon created Captain America with Jack Kirby, a titan figure in American comics, and the two would work together for various publishers over several decades. Their shared credit eventually took on an esteemed […]
March 17, 2011 | 11:13 a.m.
It was 70 years ago this month that Captain America, the greatest of all the patriotic-themed superheroes, first hit newsstands with a red, white and blue shield gripped in his gloved hand. The signature creation of the classic tandem of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby gets his own feature film this summer, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” with Chris Evans in the title role and Joe Johnston in the director’s chair. To mark this major moment — as well as the impressive anniversary — we’ll be talking to writers, artists, actors, directors and musicians about their own personal connection to the star-spangled icon and their thoughts on his legacy and future. Today we kick off our salute with a look at 70 amazing covers that represent the enduring character through the decades. — Geoff Boucher (twitter.com/latherocomplex) RECENT AND RELATED Johnston’s dark plan: “Our Bucky […]
Sept. 26, 2010 | 10:23 a.m.
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 […]