It’s now Day 4 of Howard Simpson’s month-long celebration of Jack Kirby! Open to all creatives, you can find the work on all social media platforms hashtagged #KirbyArtTributes.
Today’s prompt is the Guardian and the Newsboy Legion! They’re another Simon and Kirby creation which clicked with fans, running from their debut in Star-Spangled Comics #7, all the way through issue #64.
The Newsboys were a group of orphans who lived in Suicide Slum. Officer Jim Harper became their legal guardian. Frustrated with red tape, Harper also adopted the identity of the Guardian to fight crime off-duty in more direct ways than he could while on-duty. You can’t see much of it here, but the Guardian had a shield shaped like a badge, which he made very effective use of.
Clockwise from the Guardian centered at the top are Big Words (in the glasses), Scrapper (in the cap), Gabby, and Tommy Tompkins.
Hope you enjoy, and maybe we’ll see you again here tomorrow!