Why So Angry?

We’re at Day 14 of Howard Simp­son’s month-long online cel­e­bra­tion of the work of Jack Kir­by! It’s open to all cre­atives, and you can find the work peo­ple are post­ing by the hash­tag #Kir­b­yArt­Trib­ut­es.

Today’s prompt: “Draw a mon­ster or an alien cre­at­ed by Jack Kir­by.” There are many pos­si­bil­i­ties out there! As men­tioned pre­vi­ous­ly with Groot, Kir­by did a whole bunch of mon­sters dur­ing the Atlas era. But instead of one of those, I opt­ed for the one you see here: Angry Char­lie. His visu­al called out to me.

Angry Char­lie was a Kir­by Kreation dur­ing his run on the Jim­my Olsen com­ic for DC, which he’d made part of the titles where he was unfold­ing his “Fourth World” sto­ries, along with For­ev­er Peo­ple, New Gods and Mis­ter Mir­a­cle. Angry Char­lie was a cre­ation of the Evil Fac­to­ry, which was ulti­mate­ly destroyed at the end of that sto­ry. Char­lie was­n’t real­ly bad, and the gang had a soft spot for him, so they took him home with them.

Hope you liked Char­lie, and tune in again tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “Why So Angry?

  1. Joe musich

    Could it be said that Kir­by invent­ed the side­bar in sto­ry-telling? There are moments when it sure seems like it. Angry Char­lie was some­thing. You cap­ture him per­fect­ly. There is an award win­ning film out there titled “A Chairy Tale” 1957. Music by Ravi Shankar. I got to believe at least in my made up world that Jack may have to some degree been influ­enced by the film in an obtuse sort of man­ner. As always thank you.

    1. Mark Post author

      Glad you enjoyed Charlie.
      I don’t know that Kir­by invent­ed the idea of the “B” plot in comics, but he def­i­nite­ly used it effec­tive­ly through­out his career. It’s kind of the clas­sic device: you focus on your main or “A” plot, while you have your “B” plot per­co­lat­ing in the back­ground. Once you fin­ish the cur­rent “A” plot, the “B” takes cen­ter stage and becomes the new “A” plot, and some­thing else becomes the new “B” plot. Some­times there are mul­ti­ple threads (like Angry Char­lie) that have the poten­tial to give birth to a new “A” plot.


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