Jack Kirby’s The Forever People Artist’s Edition Reminds Us Why He Is Called The King Of Comics

The Forever People “Artist’s Edition” Review

To celebrate the centennial of Jack Kirby’s birth, IDW and DC Comics unite to provide The Forever People “Artist’s Edition,” collecting issues 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7, scanned from the original artwork.

Jack Kirby was the writer, editor, and most important, the artist on this breathtaking book with the masterful inks by Vince Colletta.

I’ve read about artist’s editions before, and I understand how difficult it can be to track down the original art of individual pages. They can be anywhere from a museum, to a collector, to a box in some guy’s basement. IDW managed to obtain most of the original artwork, filling in the holes with digital copies.

I think I spent about 20 minutes on each page of this 144-page book. It’s listed as a black and white book, but it’s full of yellowing pages and blue wireline work. I couldn’t help but follow the path of each blue pencil line laid underneath the ink, which soaked into each crafted page. If I had a magnifying glass close by I would probably have used it. You can see the broad brush strokes and how the ink dries.

I know this is a Jack Kirby book, but Vince Colletta’s inking was wonderful. I can only imagine how difficult it is to ink Kirby’s speed lines. Especially before the digital age. I can almost smell the India ink on the page.

Some of the art boards have what looks like copyright clippings from the original comic book.

The Forever People introduced a lot of major characters that have only grown in popularity since their inception. The “Artist’s Edition,” introduces us to the Motherbox, the Forever People, Desaad, Darkseid, Glorious Godfrey and his Justifiers, and many more. We even get a guest appearance by Superman in issue #1. Some of these characters will have a big role in Zack Snyder’s forthcoming Justice League film later this year.

I cannot stress enough how beautiful the artwork is. The Forever People “Artist Edition” is the perfect book for any art enthusiast or comic book collector. The stories are action-packed and exciting, but the art is the reason to buy. It’s a masterpiece. What else would you expect from “The King of Comics,” Jack Kirby!

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