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I am a Kirby fan indeed, so please empathize with my embarrassment at not knowing that there was a 10 issue run of 2001 comics by The King. It looks like Mike Royer inked them all, which is good news to me as he is my favorite Kirby inker. I had only remembered the Treasury Edition, which I am now itching to own. The 10 issues sound like "must haves" as well -- are they collected at all?
I just finished the Demon hard cover, Kamandi Archives I and II, and the Omac hardcover -- SO AWESOME!
I see from a cover shot of 2001 #10 that Mister Machine is featured -- is that the introduction of that character, I assume? What a great man to have spawned so many great characters.
Yes, Mike Royer did indeed ink all the 2001s (except the Treasury, of course, which was inked by Frank Giacoia).
The series has never been reprinted -- probably due to copyright/ownership issues -- so if you want to read 'em all, you'll have to shell out for actual back issues. But don't hesitate to do so, because it's an amazing series and well worth every penny you'll spend, believe me!
Mister Machine was introduced in issue 8 and his debut tale continued through issue 10, the final issue of the 2001 comic; but his story resumed about a month later when the character's name was changed for MACHINE MAN #1.
Man, were Jack and Mike on their game doing these pages or what?
The peak of Kirby's art. If only this material could be reprinted in B&W.
I was getting ready to educate you, jlindwall, but I knew one of our experts like Johnny S. would step up.
It is an awesome series and hopefully one of these days, "soon" Marvel-Disney/20th Century Fox can figure out how to collect it all in a nice omnibus. That would be sweet.
...I'm a little envious of you, jlindwall. To have a chance to see Jack's work for the first time on a series you didn't know about, especially that late in his career. If you do get to see it you are truly in for a thrill.
But why was the third panel inked with such a heavy border? I don't recall ever seeing that done before. Anyone have any ideas on that?
Mike consistently incorporated the heavier board on certain panels from his start on inking Kirby for the 4th World. I asked him about it at one point and he mentioned he would do this on emotionally powerful panels to intensify/emphasize the panel's importance. I personally love when he does this and it makes perfect design sense.