Friday, August 28, 2009

24 Hours with Jack Kirby: Hour 24

So. What do you do when you pass into the hereafter? Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny discover that when they voyage to the afterlife and walk through the office door of...well, looks like the Man in Charge:

FF #511
All panels are from Fantastic Four #511 (May 2004), script by Mark Waid, pencils by Mike Wieringo, inks by Karl Kesel, colors by Paul Mounts, letters by Randy Gentile


Could it be that God is created for us in our image? Or, just like Galactus, do we see Him as we expect him to be? God sez: "Yup!"

FF #511


Of course, great creation comes in partnership, even if some of the ideas are a bit off the wall...

FF #511


...and there's nothing better for putting things right and where they should be than a pencil with an eraser. C'mon, you can forgive a deus ex machina once in a crossover, especially when it's the real deal deus. Thus Reed's damaged face is fixed, Ben's back to his rocky norm...

FF #511


Because, in the end—heck, it isn't really the end, not with the FF's stories continuing monthly, no matter who from Marvel Comics is on the phone to Reed and Co. working out a plot for the next issue—Jack's gift to the FF...Jack's gift to us...

FF #511

...is the adventure that never, ever ends.


Happy Birthday, Jack!


5 comments:

QATim said...

I so hoped Ringo would be your hour 24. Thanks for this incredible labor of love, Bully.

Radlum said...

I have to have this issue. Way to go Marvel, that was one of hell of an homage.
Also, great idea, Bully, your blog has given me the right amount of Jack Kirby this moment and the 24 hour long tribute is the best one I've ever seen. Keep up the great work

Phillip said...

You're trying to make me cry, aren't you? Well, I'm not. I wuz just cuttin' onions fer this sammich...

SallyP said...

Awwwwwww...!

*sniff*

dimesfornickels said...

Right on!

This is one of my fave recent era FF stories. I don't see it as a deus ex. I see it as confirmation that Reed Richards is pretty awesome when he's not making Thor clones.