Thursday, March 24, 2016

Reading Room 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY "Norton of New York 2040 A.D." Conclusion

After a disappointing interactive experience at the Comicsville amusement facility, Norton heads home...
Can a comics fanboy save the Earth?
At the time (1975), writer/penciler Jack Kirby was heavily-criticized for much of his output after returing to Marvel.
The audience wanted more Marvel continuity-oriented material, considering his Captain America and Black Panther series to be too drastic a change in their creative direction and new projects like Eternals, Devil Dinosaur, and 2001 (which didn't tie-in to the Marvel Universe) to be eccentric failures.
Kirby ended up integrating some series into the MU, introducing S.H.I.E.L.D. into The Eternals and creating X-51 (originally called "Mister Machine", but altered to "Machine Man" when Ideal Toys claimed trademark infrigement.) in the final three issues of 2001.
Marvel brought Devil Dinosaur into conflict with Godzilla, then made him a member of Fallen Angels.
Ironically, Kirby's work from this period is now lauded as exciting, innovative, and even astoundingly-creative and is almost all back in print (except for 2001, due to licensing problems!)

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