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by Jack Kirby

In the 1970s, Jack "King" Kirby was hard at work at DC Comics on mind-bending epics including THE NEW GODS, THE FOREVER PEOPLE, OMAC, and THE DEMON. At the same time, Kirby also created a series of stories that drew on his own experiences in World War II. Starring DC war heroes including Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, Gunner and Sarge, this volume features inventive stories in which The Losers stop a German attack using a strategy found in a comic book, German and American athletes who faced each other at the 1936 Berlin Olympics meet again on the field of combat, and much more.
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ISBN: 1401221653
ISBN13: 978-1401221652
Category: Comics
Subcategory: Publishers
Author: Jack Kirby
Language: English
Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (March 17, 2009)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1506 kb
FB2 size: 1600 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 586
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Some books just hit all the right notes, and this one does for me. It's a near perfect little package. The paper is much like comic book paper, but slightly higher grade. The print quality is excellent. The line art and lettering look as if they might be from original photographic films; if they were digitally produced, it doesn't show. The coloring was recreated digitally and is a little too vivid in relation to the line art but otherwise appears to have been well-handled.

Two small things: 1) The binding is a little tight, with artwork running a bit too close to the gutters. 2) Rather than recreating the work of uncredited colorists, why not show the original line art by itself—like the Marvel Essential series? I know B&W is not the most popular choice, but it makes it easier to really see the artwork, as well as the inking.

I grew up reading Jack Kirby's mid-to-late '70s run on Captain America and, from there, Marvel's whole line of comics. I never touched DC. This run on Our Fighting Forces is cut from the same cloth as Kirby's ‘70s Marvel output and offers a great window into that era of his art and storytelling. It's like discovering that your favorite band made three more albums, at their creative peak, that you'd never heard about.

The inkers in this volume are D. Bruce Berry and Mike Royer. Both take a faithful approach to Kirby's pencils. A very nice touch here: To preserve pagination of double-page splashes, original Kirby pencils are inserted before each issue—usually an opening splash page or a cover from the preceding issue. This gives you a chance to compare with the final inked version, plus there are no wasted blank pages.

Seems silly to mention, but the dust jacket is attractive yet hides an even better-looking wraparound cover based on a zoomed-in scan of issue #152, "A Small Place in Hell".
I never cared much for War or Cowboy comics...much less for Romance, natch.

Except when Kirby drew these genres. Sgt. Fury. Two-Gun Kid...

This is a fine compilation...very similar to the OMAC hardcover. The paper is a bit thin and comic-booky. I would have preferred glossy, heavier white stock, as in Marvel Masterworks. Also, I always remove & press dust jackets, since they were born to be ripped up. This "paper-laminate" cover (like the OMAC one) is not particularly attractive, and reminds me of kiddie books. I wish they'd copied the Masterworks "leather" covers, although the binding allows easy page turning without worrying about breaking the spine.
The Losers by Kirby came out in 1975, and a lot of people did not like the switch at the time. Reviewed on its own merit though this series under Jack's writing and art was pure Kirby at its best. Jack, when allowed to write took things to a level that may only be seen as operatic. The stories are big, the actions bold, the world appears to be a chessboard manipulated by the heroes and villains as they see fit. Even without the powers and costumes that same sense of the dynamic is still there, for better or worse quiet scenes (with a few exceptions) were not Kirby's stock and trade.

He had just finished the Demon, so I consider this his fourth DC period, his first was the golden age, his second was the 1960's (Challengers of the Unknown); his third was the early 1970's (his Fourth World Saga); is fourth period was his run on the Losers, Kamandi, Sandman. His fifth period was the mid-1980s Superpowers and Hunger Dogs (but that period makes me sad).

The stories are big, the dialogue that odd Kirby was of speaking and was sparse at that. D. Bruce Berry did the honor of inking him; I always loved his Kamandi work with Jack also.

The production values of the book are great, I love the non-shiny paper stock (unlike the DC Archives) which lets you read without a glare and recalls the comic book experience. I will be honest, when I picked up a stack of comics the war ones were always at the bottom. But reprinted here in one fell swoop I have gained a new appreciation for this undiscovered Kirby gem.
Being a life long Jack Kirby fan and war comic buff, this collection of material was absolutely fantastic to see compiled and put forth by DC in such a stellar manner. The paper quality is very similar to that of a traditional comic book, not too heavy or too glossy. The production staff also included a page from each issue that is what Jack would have submitted, his true work prior to coloring and inking, and this I thought was just great to see.

The stories are some of the best, not just coming from Jack, but in the way he uses the characters to what seems to be their absolute maximum is really profound. Likewise, Kirby's creation of some of the enemy characters is equally great and really lends to supporting the stories with substantial strength.

In terms of art, it's a common point of conjecture as to when Jack was at his absolute best. Many would feel that this climax occurred a few years before his stint on The Losers, when he created the 4th World line for DC; but I must say that Jack's artwork during his run on Our Fighting Forces certainly is right up there with the best of his abilities.

Having not picked up a comic book in sometime, this book offered incredible satisfaction to have all of Jack's work on the Our Fighting Forces series in one volume. To sit down and read the stories I missed out on years ago, and in such a high quality format, was simply wonderful to experience. I can't thank the staff at DC enough for putting this edition together. Any collector would surely enjoy adding this volume to their library in my opinion.