Thursday, 9 August 2018

Jack Kirby's Spirit World #2

A while back, I posted the first issue of Spirit World, one of two b/w magazines Jack Kirby did for DC that were released disinterestedly in 1970, to barely any notice at all.
Spirit World and In The Days Of The Mob lasted one issue each, DC weren't interested in promoting them, so no one bought them, and they vanished without trace.
Of course, this is Kirby we're talking about, so nothing vanishes without trace, and Jack ( being Jack ) had already produced most of a second issue of Spirit World before the axe fell.
Not one to waste anything, DC coloured and published those strips in the first 3 issues of Weird Mystery Tales and the 6th issue of Forbidden Tales Of Dark Mansion.
This stuff is as mad and as brilliant as those in Spirit World # 1, maybe more so, and deserve to be seen, so here we go with what would've formed the bulk of the second issue.


  1. The stories intended for the 2nd issues of both mags were reprinted in the hardcover reprints a few years back, and are well-worth having. I have to say, going by the 1st issues, that Vince Colletta's inking would've suited the tales better than Mike Royer's did. Colletta gave Jack's pencils a gritty realism, whereas Royer's made them look like they'd been glossed then varnished.

  2. Glossed then varnished is a great phrase to describe inking. Yes, I agree Kid.

  3. I'd be surprised if anyone bought thise mags no matter how hard DC might have promoted them,'s not peak's more like Devil Dinosaur-level Kirby...sad to say.