Published: March 4th, 2014
Written by: Joe Simon
Art by: Jack Kirby
Titan Books, 320 Pages
While Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, as a creative tandem, are probably most known for their Captain America work, they also did a lot of other comics for other companies that spanned just about every genre you can think of. This is a collection of their collaborations in horror.
With that, this is my favorite collection out of the many hardcover editions of their old work that has come out.
This is a thick anthology with dozens of tales that utilize just about every type of classic monster or horror trope that you can think of.
The writing is good for the time and I always liked Simon’s style and pacing. I especially like his dialogue and how he can convey a good deal of plot and information in limited space.
More than anything else, I love this for Kirby’s art. Before superheroes became his norm, the man was known for creating some of the coolest monsters that ever graced the pages of ’40s and ’50s comics.
I get that this may be a really outdated piece of work for modern sensibilities. However, for those that actually appreciate what modern things evolved from and who have a soft spot for history, especially in pop culture, this is a really cool hardcover comic book collection to own and read.