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Bizarro Back Issues: Kamandi Fights For The Mob! (1979)

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This week sees the start of DC Comics' big The Multiversity event series, and if the related books on sale over at ComiXology -- ostensibly to get everyone up to speed -- are anything to go by, then that thing's going to be chock full of weirdos. Seriously, I already knew they were going to be throwing Captain Carrot in there, and for some reason people can't get enough of that one story where Batman becomes a Dracula, but there are some deep cuts in there, like that one Chuck Dixon comic where the Justice League are all cowboys, and this weird thing from the '90s called Kingdom Come, where Superman fights Cable.

And then there's Kamandi.

But should Kamandi start crossing over into the main DC Universe, it won't be the first time. For that, you have to go back to Bob Haney and Jim Aparo's Brave and the Bold #157, for a story where Kamandi was sent back in time, and ended up being brainwashed, made invulnerable, poisoned with snake venom, joining up with the mob and punching Batman in the face. It... It's a weird one.

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Here’s The Thing, Episode 13: Where To Start With Jack Kirby [Video]

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you're wrong and he's right.

This week, a viewer writes in with a question about where to start with the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. With a career that spanned six decades and a masterpiece (or three) in every era, the sheer amount of work that Kirby produced can be daunting for a new reader. Fortunately, we've got some suggestions.

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Link Ink: New TMNT Movie Posters, Don Cheadle Won’t Spoil ‘Avengers 2′ And ‘Captain America 3′ Vs. ‘Batman Vs. Superman’

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Jack Kirby’s Ten Most Amazingly Underused Concepts

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If you read comics -- or heck, if you've been to the movies in the past five years -- then you've gotten a lot of entertainment from Jack Kirby. In a career that spanned six decades, Kirby was the driving creative force in comics, creating or co-creating lasting characters like Darkseid and the Demon, the entire genre of romance comics, the entire Marvel Universe and, when you get right down to it, modern comic book storytelling as we know it. The thing is, comics like Thor, Avengers, Fantastic Four and The New Gods were only the tip of the iceberg.

To say that Kirby was prolific is sort of like saying the sun is a little warm, and while we've all seen his most famous creations in comics, movies and TV shows over the years, he has a list of creations that remains unrivaled. That's why today, in celebration of the 96th birthday of the King of Comics, we're throwing the spotlight on some of his most under-used ideas -- ten Kirby Creations that really ought to be a lot more famous.

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‘World War Z’ and Jack Kirby’s Mindless Mass of Humanity

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It's a hit. Shockingly enough, zombie fans slinked and dragged their way to Brad Pitt's new movie World War Z this past weekend. I just got done writing about Masters of the Universe villain Hordak and his Evil Horde. Now I'm writing about Jack Kirby's The Horde, which judging by the WWZ trailer, looked very similar to his unfinished apocalyptic disaster novel.

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Parting Shot: ‘Adventure Time’s’ Finn Does His Best ‘Kamandi’ Impersonation

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ComicsAlliance's own Caleb Goellner was the first person to point out the similarities between Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time and Jack Kirby's Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth to me. As such, he is solely responsible for t

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Comics We Love: ‘Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth’

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Thudding onto shelves everywhere this week is Kamandi Omnibus Volume 1, a hardcover collection of the first twenty issues of Jack Kirby's massive post-apocalyptic epic adventure. Under-appreciated in its time, the classic series has a chance to find a new audience thanks to Kamandi's recent appearances in Wednesday Comics, Co

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Bizarro Back Issues: Batman’s Post-Apocalyptic Team-Up With Kamandi

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This week, DC is releasing a hardcover omnibus of Jack Kirby's Kamandi, and it's something I'm really looking forward to. As much as I love Kirby's work, especially during the his time at DC when was creating Sandman, The Demon, and the Fourth World saga, Kamandi's always been one of those books that I just haven't had the chance to sit down and read.

That's not to say that I'm completely unfamiliar with the

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – September 28, 2011: Big, Bulky and Black & White

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* '72 flashback
% Couples, united and split
^ "High anxiety"

% ^ AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #670
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Apocalypse Comics: The End Times Come on Wednesdays

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When I was a kid, the apocalypse scared the crap out of me. Not in that long-term "I'd better be good" way like it's supposed to. I experienced genuine fear and horror at the possibility that the world would someday be thrust into Armageddon

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