Alphabetical Index of Titan Comics

The Simon & Kirby Library: Crime

Review by KC Carlson “As long as the crime comic books industry exists in its present forms, there are no secure homes.” — Senate testimony by Dr. Frederic Wertham, author of Seduction of the Innocent (back cover pull-quote) Published in a deluxe hardcover, beautiful and substantial enough to give Dr. Wertham nightmares, Simon & Kirby: Crime collects over 300 newly restored pages of stories and covers from comics’ most brutal genre — possibly proving crime does pay! The beneficiary is […]

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Fighting American

As indicated by the cover caption “From the creators of Captain America”, the pitch of Fighting American is clear. It’s a patriotic hero with a familiar feel from the original creators — but if you’re just looking for a tie-in to one of the summer blockbusters, you’re underestimating the inspired insanity of Jack Kirby. First, the basics. This paperback includes all the Fighting American comics — the first seven issues, published by Prize from 1954-1955; the attempted first-issue relaunch from […]

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The Simon & Kirby Superheroes

Review by KC Carlson It seems like there are a ton of big chunky comic book histories and anthologies out this season, but easily one of the most important is The Simon & Kirby Superheroes. Its nearly 500 pages barely contain what purports to be every superhero story (not published by Timely/Marvel or National/DC Comics) that the legendary creators produced. I’m not an S&K scholar, but I certainly trust editor Steve Saffel — who lives and breathes this stuff! From […]

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The Best of Simon and Kirby

When I first opened this coffee table book, I expected more text, fewer comics, but it’s not that kind of retrospective. Instead, The Best of Simon and Kirby is a sampler of the many types of work Joe Simon and Jack Kirby produced over their long career in comics, with over two dozen comic stories reprinted. Grouped by genre — heroes, science fiction, war and adventure, romance, crime, western, horror, and sick humor — each section has an introductory essay […]

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