Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio
Illustrators: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Introduction and Selected by: Mark Evanier
Afterword: Jim Simon
Publisher/Date: Harry Abrams (c. 2014) First Edition
Format/Condition: New large heavy hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 384 pages. Dimensions: 9 x 12.2 x 1.8 inches Profusely illustrated in black-and-white.
Description: Joe Simon (1913-2011) and Jack Kirby (1917-1994) created many of comics' most enduring super heroes, such as Captain America. Together they helped establish the visual language of comics.
The names Joe Simon and Jack Kirby are synonymous with comic books, and their partnership ushered in the Golden Age of comics starting in the 1940s. Together they created memorable characters such as Captain America and Sandman, invented romance comics, and raised the standard for the genres of western, crime, and horror comic books. Over the course of three decades they wrote and illustrated several hundred comics, many of which are reproduced in this oversized volume covering all aspects of their amazing career.
Selected and with an introduction by Mark Evanier, the foremost authority on the work of Simon and Kirby. Evanier, a writer and historian, has three Emmy Award nominations and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for animation from the Writers Guild of America.
The afterword is by Jim Simon, son of Joe Simon, the book includes artwork photographed from the original art in Joe Simon's private archive and showcases the seminal work of Simon and Kirby and their artistry as it has never been seen before. Jim Simon grew up amid comic book history, assisting his father first as a young boy by erasing inked art boards and later in various creative and business ventures. During this time Jim got to know many of the great comic book creators. He has published several books, including "The Comic Book Makers," a widely praised coauthored account of Joe Simon's early days in comics; and contributed articles on the works of Simon and Kirby in books published by Marvel Comics/Entertainment, Titan Publishing, and Alter Ego. He has also been interviewed by Heritage Magazine for the Intelligent Collector, WNYC Radio, and appeared in the 2016 television movie/documentary, 'Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years.'