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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.