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I just love it. Some of my favorite Kirby work.
It would be great if everyone interested would take a moment and read these pages from Kirby's "solo" work. Is there anything, anything at all, "off" about the text and dialogue on this page? No of course there isn't.
And the art. Panel four--How much of a bullseye is that facial expression.
What were those fools thinking? It's obvious Jack wrote what he wrote to best serve the story he was telling. If he was writing for New Gods he wrote a certain way. If Cap, he wrote what he felt fit the tale. Not a one trick pony our Mr. Kirby.
As always, patrick ford says what I wanted to say!
Right, there are many whole stories with not a bit of goofy dialogue. And when Kirby did write something goofy take a look at who was saying it? It's in general a buffoon, or an instance where a character is being purposefully absurd. Is it possible Kirby had a sense of humor?
When Kirby is really serious about a story like THE PACT or HIMON you won't find one word in it which is goofy. The text in those stories is the gold standard for adventure style comic book writing.
Amen! And Darkseid had several of the greatest lines ever spoken by a comic book villain! Ever! "When you cry out in your dreams it is Darkseid that you see." "You hesitate, Orion! You can sense why but you don't know, do you? But Darkseid is FREE of mysteries. He can ACT." "Life at best is bittersweet."
Yes, pretty much every balloon Kirby ever wrote for Darkseid is great stuff. Kirby wrote exceptional villain dialogue.
"War is not a game you put away in a box when mama rings the dinner bell."
"Progess--? Change---?--Or Perhaps, the 'Ides of March,' O'Caeasr."