Friday, February 04, 2011

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Kamandi's Brave New World

Splash pages, you gotta' love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit the reader with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This Friday, my favourite splash page - ever; Kamandi #1 page 2-3 by Jack Kirby.

Trust me - you really need to click to enlarge this one. One of the best pieces of art I know of, with how Kirby nailed the clouds, the 'Kirby dots' in the water and setting the post-apocalyptic scene, I can only imagine what it was like to turn the page and see this spread when Kamandi #1 first hit the stands.

I got a hint this Christmas when my Mum knowing how much I am hooked on Kirby's style, brought me KIRBY: King of Comics. Not only is it the best comic related book I've stumbled across, this double-page splash is featured within it's mass of character sketches, unpublished material and articles at a massive jaw-dropping size.

If you haven't yet read this book or brought it for yourself, you can snatch it off Amazon here.


  1. you just can't ever see a half buried Statue of Liberty with out thinking of the Planet of The Apes. that's right folks i beat you all too this comment section with that thought :)
    aside from that this indeed was a great splash page worthy of IADW.
    by the way Dan that was cool of your mum.

  2. The first thing that popped into my head was Charlton Heston screaming "Damn you! Damn you to HELL!"

  3. That is indeed rather amazing. I'm ashamed to say I've had that Jack Kirby book for at least a year and haven't got round to opening it yet. Now I will.

    And yeah, your mother is a star.

  4. Thanks for the comments guys!

    Yeah it is a pretty big POTA tribute, but boy what a tribute. Wish my work was 'Kirby-ised'!

    Considering Kamandi also has intelligent ape creatures, their are probably a few more connections running round too!

    Yeah I won't be trading in my Mum anytime soon - I mean how can ya when she knows her Marvel's from her DC's - it took years of subliminal messaging to pull that off!

  5. Don't trade her in for anything Dan. My mom calls comics "funnybooks" and makes fun of the three of us for wearing our Secret Wars, Captain America, Transformers, or Batman tee shirts.

  6. My Mum's the opposite Craig, she will txt me if she finds a comic shirt to see if I want it, but she'll only do so if she knows it's a character I like.