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DC summons Jack Kirby’s Spirit World

One of Jack Kirby’s most potent (but forgotten) works is now being collected.

Popping up on Amazon.com, Spirit World was a supernatural themed black-and-white magazine that Jack did when he first jumped ship from Marvel to DC in the late 1960s. Unlike his Fourth World work, which has emerged as his most popular DC work, Spirit World was a book published by DC through a separate company called Hampshire Distributions. Why, you ask? Well, so Kirby could make an early break from the oppressive Comics Code to cover some heavy political and social commentary as well as a dose of horror as well.

The book was 52 pages of unbridled Kirby,with stories like “The President Must Die!” foretelling JFK’s later assassination, to shorts like “House of Horror” and “Children of the Flaming Wheel.”  After years of fruitless searching for this in back issue bins, I’m looking forward to DC publishing this next April.

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“foretelling JFK’s later assassination”

Haven’t read the story, but this isnt’ right is it? Kirby left Marvel well after November ’63.

Presumably the story deals with pre-Nov 22 ’63 predictions of JFK’s death.

Googam son of Goom

August 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Good lord Kirby wasn’t prognosticating. It was a fictional story set before the assassination. Fiction…

Jake Earlewine

August 9, 2011 at 3:39 am

Spirit World was published, along with In The Days Of The Mob, at the same time DC began putting out New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle. Early seventies — about eight years after JFK’s murder.

The best comic Kirby did for DC was In The Days Of The Mob. Every story is awesome. By comparison, Spirit World was rather dull.

One of those things I’ve often been outbid for on Ebay. But yeah, wouldn’t it be better to put this in a hard cover with IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB and the unpublished, contemporaneous, SOUL LOVE?

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