It’s now Day 7 of Howard Simpson’s month-long online Kirby Celebration! It’s open to all creatives. You should be able to find the work on your favorite social media platforms by the hashtag #KirbyArtTribute.
Today’s prompt is comics’ original Manhunter! Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for DC Comics back in the Golden Age. Though DC had Paul Kirk as a non-costumed character previously, Simon and Kirby reinvented him as a superhero. They had the character put his previous skills as a game hunter to work now hunting criminals (many of which were creatively animal-themed). Starting in Adventure Comics #73 in 1942, S&K did a total of eight installments. It was popular enough that it continued beyond that in other hands for quite awhile, but it wasn’t the same.
Kirby took a shot at a revived version of Manhunter when he returned to DC in the early ’70s, in a First Issue Special (Kirby did a few of those, debuting new concepts that unfortunately didn’t go any further).
DC apparently liked the Manhunter name, because periodically they dusted it off and did other things with it. One of the more notable of them tied into Simon and Kirby’s Paul Kirk Manhunter: a strip created by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson (his first work that put him on the map with most fans). It ran as a backup story in Detective Comics, which Goodwin was editing at the time. Well worth checking out, it’s been collected a number of times if you haven’t seen it.
But this is about the S&K Golden Age original! Hope you enjoy it. Stay tuned!