The Art of the Si­mon and Kirby Stu­dio

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - Edited by Mark Evanier [Abrams ComicArts, $60]

Be­fore Chris Evans was even a chisel-jawed twin­kle in his mother’s eye, leg­endary cre­ative duo Joe Si­mon and Jack Kirby brought Golden Age comic-book he­roes like Cap­tain Amer­ica to life with pow­er­ful inked il­lus­tra­tions and ac­tion-packed sto­ries. Over three decades be­gin­ning in the 1940s, the late Si­mon and Kirby birthed clas­sic char­ac­ters, in­vented ro­mance comics and raised the stan­dards for go-to Western, crime and hor­ror genre works.

Com­ing in at a bit un­der 400 pages, Mark Evanier’s cu­rated col­lec­tion of 350 four-color il­lus­tra­tions plucked from the stu­dio’s rich legacy in­cludes pho­tos of orig­i­nal art from Joe Si­mon’s pri­vate ar­chive and showcases the team’s sem­i­nal works. The over­sized hard­cover re­flects Evanier’s rep­u­ta­tion as the fore­most ex­pert on Si­mon and Kirby’s works and is a mus­town for Golden Age ad­mir­ers.

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