Published: November 28th, 2017
Written by: France Herron, Jack Kirby
Art by: Jack Kirby, Rosalind Kirby, Marvin Stein, Wally Wood
DC Comics, 321 Pages
Most comic book fans know that Jack Kirby left Marvel after the booming ’60s and went to DC for a few years to create the cosmic side of their universe, as well as other cool comics like The Demon and Kamandi. However, few people seem to be aware of the fact that he did some work for DC in the ’50s, as well.
Challengers of the Unknown is a really interesting series and honestly, because the art is so Kirby and because it features several large monsters, it feels very much like it was created for Marvel before Stan Lee started writing about superheroes.
Back then, Marvel had a lot of monster comics and Jack Kirby was the king of that genre. Being a fan of that stuff made me really want to check this out, as it sort of mixes his monster stories with the action hero genre.
This book is about a team of cool dudes that go on grand adventures and often times find themselves faced with Kirby-style monsters and robots. This is very pulpy like the comics of the era, as well as the film serials that were inspired by them like Flash Gordon and The Phantom.
Most importantly, this is just a cool series and I always love Kirby’s iconic art style so it’s a win-win all around.
Now I can’t say that this is as good as his best Marvel (or even DC) stuff but it’s still an enthralling read for those who appreciate the guy and his patented style.
All in all, this is a superb, engaging read with great, vibrant art and cool monsters. There’s not much of anything to dislike.
Pairs well with: Jack Kirby’s other work for DC Comics.