Every Panel Ever: Panel Twelve

What’s the best way to get people interested in comics? Show them some comics. Every day The Spire posts a comics panel, with the ultimate goal of one day having posted every single panel which has ever been written, drawn, edited, inked, coloured, and lettered. It’s, y’know, obviously going to happen.

Superhero comics don’t have endings, but making comics only ever ends in an unhappy ending. From ‘The Comic Book History of Comics’ by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey.

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That would be Jack Kirby at the stand, one of the many creators who enter the world of comics, reinvent and reinvigorate it, and leave with unhappy memories, cheated contracts, and richer lawyers.

If there’s a theme which crops up in ‘The Comic Book History of Comics’, it’s that creators who do work-for-hire are going to get in trouble. Time and again they feature one of the more important names in the history of American comics – Moore, Kirby, Simon – and time and again you see them enter comics for love of the medium, only to get chewed up by businessmen, lawyers and corporates who see them as ways to make money, rather than artists.

Those are direct quotes from Kirby in the above panel. Even he was beaten by the system…. and he was the King.

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