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#Kirby100: BBP! Celebrates The King Jack Kirby All Summer Long

Jack Kirby.

His artistry was, and remains, so innovative and influential in the comic book zeitgeist that the industry named awards after him. Heck, they even named a visual image after him: the affectionately known, “Kirby Krackle.”

How pervasive is writer and artist Jack Kirby in pop culture?

You can scan the litany of comic book characters that the man created or co-created and you’d be certain to find dozens that are your favourites. From the globally renowned Captain America, Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men series of characters, to the populace’s burgeoning awareness of Darkseid and Black Panther, to the more niche creations of Kamandi, Etrigan the Demon and Destroyer Duck. With Kirby, the list of great characters goes on and on and on.

Without him, pop culture and comic books wouldn’t be at all what we know it to be today.

This August marks the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby and we here at Biff Bam Pop! mean to celebrate that auspicious centennial with a plethora of written accolades all summer long!

This is your cordial invitation to our #Kirby100 party!

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The Flash S03 E03: “Magenta”

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In this week’s episode of The Flash, we’re introduced to two characters important to the Flash mythos of the comics, and thankfully only one of them is another speedster. Jesse Quick and Magenta make their debuts in my review of “Magenta,” after the super-speed jump.

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Glenn Walker Reviews Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1 and Ultimates #8

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Choosing Sides, the companion title to Civil War II, is out this week, more an anthology loosely linked to the ongoing story than anything else, it treats us to tales of Nick Fury, Night Thrasher, and Damage Control. Also out this week is the newest issue of Ultimates, retelling the start of this crossover event. Check out my reviews after the jump.

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Glenn Walker Reviews Spider-Man and Hercules in Civil War II

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There’s no issue of the main Civil War II series this week, but the conflict that crosses the entire Marvel Universe this summer continues, on a small scale, with the heroes Spider-Man and Hercules, among others. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Civil War II: Gods of War #1.

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Glenn Walker Reviews Civil War II #1

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We’ve seen the preludes to war in Civil War II in issue #0 and the Free Comic Book Day special, which I talked about here, but this week the main event begins with Civil War II #1. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez bring us the next big epic from Marvel Comics, and you’ve got my thoughts on it, after the jump.

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RIP Darwyn Cooke – It Was Truly A Golden Age

DC The New FrontierDarwyn Cooke was a giant talent in the comic book industry and a titan as a sequential artist. Last weekend, at the age of 53, the world lost the award-winning writer and illustrator to cancer.

I, like many others, became familiar with the work of Darwyn Cooke through his DC: The New Frontier (2004), a six-issue miniseries that reexamined DC Comics’ stable of superheroes within the confines of the mid twentieth century and the changing political shape of America after World War II and into the Cold War era. DC: The New Frontier introduced readers to dozens of world-famous characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and even not-so-famous-but-beloved characters like the Challengers of the Unknown, meeting each other for the first time – in the same chronological order that they were originally published during the mid-twentieth century. It brought characters and ideas through the Golden Age of comic books (1930’s to 1950’s) to the burgeoning silver age (1950’s to 1970’s), with the story actually culminating in the foundation of the Justice League of America.

It was a brilliant idea. A tribute as much to the publishing history of comic books as it was a rollicking superhero adventure, the acclaimed series would garner multiple awards including Eisner Awards for Best Limited Series, Best Coloring and Best Publication Design. It also won Harvey Awards including Best Artist, and a Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist. DC: The New Frontier has been collected in numerous formats include a Deluxe and Absolute version, and was made into a direct-to-video animated film which preserved Cooke’s distinctive artistic sensibilities.

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RIP Darwyn Cooke

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It is always a terrible thing when someone you love, even if you don’t know them personally, is ripped from you suddenly. Only yesterday the world learned of comics writer/artist Darwyn Cooke’s battle with cancer, and just as suddenly, like Bowie and Prince, the man was torn from us. Meet me after the jump to remember Darwyn Cooke, one of the most innovative talents in comics.

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Countdown to Civil War: Avengers vs. Avengers

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When folks think of Civil War, the seven-part Marvel Comics event that inspired the new film Captain America: Civil War, they think of superhero against superhero in an all-out war. But Civil War is by no means the first time that happened. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on a Silver Age story from back in the day where the then-current Avengers fought the original Avengers.

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The Flash S02 E16: Trajectory

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There’s a new female speedster in Central City – Trajectory – and not only is she making the Flash look bad, she’s letting him take the rap for her misdeeds. Why is she doing this, causing mayhem and destruction wherever she goes, and how can she be stopped? Meet me after the super speed jump for my thoughts on “Trajectory.”

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Team Up With BATMAN & SUPERMAN IN WORLD’S FINEST: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 On The Wednesday Run

Worlds Finest Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1Can’t we all just get along?

The answer is no, if we go by the title, merchandising, clips and various trailers to the March 24th sure-fire blockbuster film premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Black and blue. God versus man. Day versus night.

If we didn’t know better, we’d think that Batman and Superman never got along! But we all know better than that, don’t we?

Still, can you believe there’s a generation of kids out there who might think that Bats and Supes are the worst of enemies when, in truth, they’re the best of friends? In fact, they’re the world’s finest friends, to be sure!

That’s why today’s release of the hardcover compilation, Batman & Superman In World’s Finest: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 is the real-deal story primer for the upcoming film.

Follow me after the jump for the black and blue scoop!

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