We’re at Day 6 of Howard Simpson’s month-long Jack Kirby celebration online, in honor of Jack’s birthday. It’s open to all creatives, and you should be able to find any posts on your favorite social media platform via the hashtag #KirbyArtTributes.
Today’s prompt is Sandman and Sandy. Sandman was actually not a Simon and Kirby creation! Originally created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Bert Christman for DC back in the Golden Age, he had more of a pulp character appearance, running around in a suit and hat, wearing a gas mask and gassing crooks with his gas gun. He pre-dated many other superheroes, first appearing in 1939 in Adventure Comics #40 and The New York World’s Fair Comics #1.
By 1941, it was apparently felt he was out of step with what was going on with DC’s other characters, so Mort Weisinger and artist Paul Norris gave him his new purple and yellow superhero togs, and added Sandy as a sidekick. Simon and Kirby picked up the baton from Weisinger and Norris later that year, most definitely putting their stamp on the character! They dumped the cape that Norris had initially given him (making him look more like an S&K creation), and played around with stories about sleep and dreaming.
Hope you liked my little tribute to the Simon and Kirby version of Sandman and Sandy, and tune in again tomorrow!