We’re getting close to the end! Day 30 of our month-long online Jack Kirby Art Tribute. Suggested/sponsored by Howard Simpson, you can find the work online on your favorite social media platforms by the hashtag #KirbyArtTributes.
I’m going off-menu again today. The prompt suggests doing a “Kirby Collage,” of the type Jack was known for doing in his spare time, sometimes even finding ways to use them in his comics. But I couldn’t think of a way to do that and have it fit in thematically with the rest of what I’m doing. So instead, I chose to draw Captain Victory.
This was the title that launched a brand new comic company in the early ’80s, Pacific Comics. As mentioned yesterday, the fact that Jack Kirby was doing a comic for a new startup publisher and not for Marvel or DC again, was a Big Deal. It was thought that the “Big Two” were really the only game in town, so it can’t be overstated that this was big news.
One of the reasons Kirby was willing to do this was contained right there in the indicia in the front of the book: “™ & © Jack Kirby.” This wasn’t something he was ever likely to get from Marvel or DC, and I’m sure the various frustrations he’d had with both publishers at different points over the years were also part of his interest in going independent again (like he and Joe Simon had tried once before with Mainline).
The story of Captain Victory and his Galactic Rangers was inspired at least in part by Jack watching E.T. and thinking that “first contact” was not likely to be so benign. In fact, considering some of the things that happened when explorers came from Europe to the “New World,” Jack thought more likely it could go horribly wrong..for us! And that was the seed of the story.
Front and center you’ve got Captain Victory. Behind him to the left is Major Klavus, and to the right is Tarin.
Hope you like it. One more to go!