Jack Kirby 100th Birthday Celebration Update

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DC Comics celebrates Jack “The King” Kirby’s 100th Birthday this August with six one-shot specials dedicated to some of Kirby’s most memorable characters.

DC announced that each of these one-shot specials, will feature a new story and artwork from some of today’s top creators. Each issue will also reprint relevant material from King Kirby himself.

The one-shots are as follows:

THE NEW GODS SPECIAL #1
Written by SHANE DAVIS
Art by SHANE DAVIS and MICHELLE DELECKI

Backup story written by and art by WALTER SIMONSON
Cover by SHANE DAVIS and MICHELLE DELECKI

In a feature length story, Orion and Lightray must come to the aid of Forager and his people, as Kalibak has established a brutal dictatorship over the Bug colony. In confronting his evil brother, Orion faces the darker side of his own nature. And, in a back-up story, master comics writer/artist Walter Simonson tells a tale of a young Orion and his friend Seagrin.

This issue also includes tales of Lonar of New Genesis reprinted from FOREVER PEOPLE #4 and 7, written and pencilled by Jack Kirby.

AUGUST 2
ONE-SHOT – 48 pg – $4.99

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THE NEWSBOY LEGION AND THE BOY COMMANDOS SPECIAL #1
Written by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Art and cover by HOWARD CHAYKIN

Jack Kirby’s two wartime kid gangs share their first adventure together in a novel-length tale written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin! When the Boy Commandos arrive in New York on the trail of a secret Axis agent, they’re greeted as turf invaders by the crime-fighting Newsboys! Can these kids put aside their rivalry and joins to protect the home front?

This issue also includes the story “Turn on the Heat,” starring the Newsboy Legion, from STAR SPANGLED COMICS #27, written and illustrated by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

AUGUST 9
ONE-SHOT – 48 pg –  $4.99

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THE SANDMAN SPECIAL #1
Written by DAN JURGENS and STEVE ORLANDO
Art by JON BODGANOVE and RICK LEONARDI
Cover by PAUL POPE

Don’t miss two new tales starring Jack Kirby’s costumed Master of Nightmares from the 1970s. Sandman, Brute and Glob battle an onslaught of dreams so powerful that they are invading the dreams of other people! Then, a grown-up Jed Walker returns to his childhood home, only to find himself haunted by dreams from the past.

This issue also includes “Strange Tales from the D.N.A. Project” from SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #142-144, 146 and 148, written and pencilled by Jack Kirby.

AUGUST 16
ONE-SHOT – 48 pg – $4.99

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MANHUNTER SPECIAL #1
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN DiDIO

UPDATED: Now features art by MARK BUCKINGHAM
Backup story written by SAM HUMPHRIES
UPDATED: Backup story now features art by STEVE RUDE

Cover by BRUCE TIMM

Big-game hunter and private detective Paul Kirk has marshaled his skills to fight crime as the masked vigilante known as Manhunter. But now crime has reached epidemic proportions that may push him to the limits-and draw the attention of the Golden Age heroes Sandman and Sandy! Plus: a short story featuring Etrigan the Demon by writer Sam Humphries and artist Steve Rude.

This issue also includes the stories “The Face Behind the Mask,” from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #13, “Rocket Lanes of Tomorrow,” from REAL FACT COMICS #1 and “A World of Thinking Machines,” from REAL FACT COMICS #2, all featuring art by Jack Kirby.

AUGUST 23
ONE-SHOT – 48 pg – $4.99

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DARKSEID SPECIAL #1
Written by MARK EVANIER
Art by SCOTT KOLINS

UPDATED: Backup story now written by PAUL LEVITZ
UPDATED: Backup story art now by PHIL HEXTER

Cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

Mark Evanier, longtime Kirby associate and biographer (Kirby: King of Comics), tells a tale starring one of Jack’s greatest villains. The latest daring escape from the orphanage of Granny Goodness leaves an infuriated Darkseid determined to capture and punish the escapees. The Lord of Apokolips puts his best hunter on the case, but one of Granny’s students is unlike anyone he’s encountered before. Plus, an untold tale of Omac by Paul Levitz and Phil Hester.

This issue also includes the stories “The All-Seeing Eye,” from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #12, with art by Jack Kirby, and “Raid from Apokolips,” from FOREVER PEOPLE #6, written and pencilled by Jack Kirby.

 

AUGUST 30
ONE-SHOT – 48 pg – $4.99

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THE BLACK RACER AND SHILO NORMAN SPECIAL #1
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Art and cover by DENYS COWAN and BILL SIENKIEWICZ

Shilo Norman has taken up the mantle of Mister Miracle, following the example of Scott Free by cheating death on a daily basis. But when he pushes himself to the limit, the Black Racer comes calling. Now Shilo is literally running from death itself and a cosmic chase leads both target and hunter across the universe.

This issue also includes tales of the Young Gods of Supertown reprinted from NEW GODS #5, 7 and 8.

AUGUST 30
ONE-SHOT – 48 pg – $4.99

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