DINGBAT LOVE: Dig This INSIDE LOOK at Some of JACK KIRBY’s Rarest Art

An INSIDE LOOK at TwoMorrows’ latest – featuring never-published DC art by the King…

UPDATED 6/18/20: The Eisner voting deadline is June 18 (click here), so we’re re-presenting this piece highlighting one of the nominees — Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love, by John Morrow. It’s a great book that looks at some of the King’s rarest art. Dig it. — Dan

Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love: Unpublished ’70s Stories by the King of Comics! is just about here and its been a years-in-the-making labor of love for writer/editor/publisher John Morrow.

Dig the official description of the 176-page hardcover and you’ll see why this one is so special:

“In cooperation with DC Comics, TwoMorrows compiles a tempestuous trio of never-seen 1970s Kirby projects! These are the final complete, unpublished Jack Kirby stories in existence, presented here for the first time! Included are: Two unused Dingbats of Danger Street tales (Kirby’s final Kid Gang group, inked by Mike Royer and D. Bruce Berry, and newly colored for this book)! True-Life Divorce, the abandoned newsstand magazine that was too hot for its time (reproduced from Jack’s pencil art—and as a bonus, we’ve commissioned Mike Royer to ink one of the stories)! And Soul Love, the unseen ’70s romance book so funky, even a jive turkey will dig the unretouched inks by Vince Colletta and Tony DeZuniga. PLUS: There’s Kirby historian John Morrow’s in-depth examination of why these projects got left back, concept art and uninked pencils from Dingbats, and a Foreword and Afterword by ’70s Kirby assistants Mark Evanier and Steve Sherman!”

Dingbat Love, which lists for $43.95, is due in comics shops as early as Jan. 8 and will also be available through booksellers. You can also order it now directly through TwoMorrows. (Click here.)

And now for an EXCLUSIVE INSIDE LOOK at some of the book’s rare Kirby art:

TRUE-LIFE DIVORCE

Inks by Vince Colletta

SOUL LOVE

Inks by Vince Colletta

From Fears of a Go-Go Girl Can Come True. Inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Tom Ziuko.

From The Teacher. Inks by Colletta. Note how DC altered the faces of African-American characters from what Kirby drew.

DINGBATS OF DANGER STREET

Inks by Mike Royer, colors by Ziuko.

Inks by Royer, colors by Ziuko.

Inks by Royer, colors by Ziuko.

Inks by D. Bruce Berry, colors by Ziuko.

Dingbat Love, which lists for $43.95, is available at comics shops and other booksellers. You can also order it directly through TwoMorrows. (Click here.)

MORE

— To JACK KIRBY’s Fans: We’re Better Than This. Click here.

— LEE, KIRBY and the Case of Who Created the MARVEL UNIVERSE. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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