The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the Panel: Marvel #7

from Victims!
(by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott and Sam Rosen)
(Fantastic Four #86; May, 1969)


VibroCount said...

Kirby's art has failed him and us all... just how bent is Dr. Doom's right leg (from knee to ankle, hidden by his cloak)?

Vanwall said...

In Kirby-Land, certain rules of time, space and physics were what got bent, not mere elbows and knees.

Chris Rywalt said...

When I was young I hated Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott. I thought their work was dopey and poorly drawn. I much preferred John Byrne, even though Byrne himself professed to love Kirby and often paid him homage in his work.

When I'd gained some years and experience, though, I realized: Jack Kirby is a genius. Yes, everything he does is exaggerated. His concept of human musculature is wildly unreal. Proportions are off. Shading is bizarre. And none of that matters. Because what Kirby does is get at the heart of the scene -- how it feels, not merely how it looks.

And his imagination: Costumes like Thor's, character designs like the Thing, these all look normal to us because we've seen them for so long. Really take a good look at them and you'll see how crazy they truly are.

Jack Kirby was a true craftsman and a wonder: He did all this, on deadline, month after month, with almost nothing to show for it but the work. Did you see the last batch of Marvel movies? The man's been dead for 15 years and they're still mining his work.

Cliff said...

well put Chris and Vanwall.
Like people who complain that David Lynch movies don't make any sense are missing the whole concept. Same game..different rules.