Thursday, September 30, 2010

Superman's Ex-Pal, The NEW Jimmy Olsen #133...

Or, KIRBY is HERE – 40 years old this month...
Hi Guys,

Well as regular readers of this humble Blog of mine will know Jack Kirby was the reason I was determined to become a comic artist, when I first saw his
wonderful work back in the mists of time known as the 60’s.

It is forty years this month that Kirby was here, as it says in the header title of his first 70’s work for DC Comics, when he unleashed his Fourth World Saga upon an unsuspecting world, heralding the way for his new concepts of warring gods. Introducing the world to The Whizz Wagon, The Hairies, The Outsiders, The Zoomway and The Mountain of Judgement to name but a few of the concepts in this comic, but the world would have to wait until the next issue before Jack unleashed his new ultimate villain - Darkseid.

By the time I reached secondary (high) school I was about to be blown away with a new concept and direction for the work of my favourite comics creator. It was actually this second issue, #134, which was my first introductory look at the new series, which was to lay the initial groundwork for this rich tapestry of stories, which were far ahead of their time in scope and execution and would see the launch of New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle to the ranks.

From the very moment I saw and marvelled at the art and then read the incredibly imaginative story, as an eleven-year old school boy, I was hooked and eager to see and read more.

That first issue was shown to me by my best friend, Paul and is the butt of many a joke, over the comics by, which I swapped and obtained the new Kirby comic and that day and the succeeding ones, as I sought out and bought consequent issues of all the Fourth World series were to be the inspiration to continue in my aspirations in my career choice.

It would be some years in the future before I finally obtained the preceding issue #133.

It seems incredible that it is now forty years ago this month that the highly imaginative and prolific Jack Kirby first unleashed his concept upon the worlds of comicdom. It was to set a precedent that has not been matched since, although it has been emulated and regurgitated many, many times since.

It predates any of the cross-over events, it was the first series to run continually across several titles, all inter-related and yet at the same time allowing each to exist as stand-alone titles, each with its own identity and yet encompassed by the threads of a tale of epic proportions.

Back in 1970 comics had seen nothing like what Jack was now unravelling each month for DC comics from his new California home. He had left New York and Marvel comics behind him and the story he had wanted to produce back in his Mighty Thor days, when he was plotting the majority of stories for Tales of Asgard, which would follow on from the aftermath of Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods, when the end of the world, including the demise of the Norse god pantheon, would herald the birth of a new race of gods from the ashes of the final war of the old.

Despite the series never getting Jack the acclaim, outside of comic circles, which should have been his, the fact the concept and characters continue to be used reprinted and merchandised by DC comics forty years later show just how successful the saga really was and continues to be.

Jack’s epic tale has been an influence to generations of comics creators and although it can be argued the success of the superhero comic as set out by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and continued in his Fourth World saga has helped to put comics into a very small niche genre nowadays, it is surely down to the consecutive generations creators that merely copied and emulated their heroes’ stories, rather than invigorate new life into comics by doing what Jack did by inventing new genres.

This has been done to such a degree that we now have a comic buying public who cannot and will not accept much outside of this genre.

Back in August 1970, however, Jack’s Fourth World series took another look, yet again, at the genre of cosmic powered characters and reinvigorated the genre of superheroes with his own way of looking at such characters in their true sense, as latter day gods, new gods for a new generation of reader and in so doing made it inevitable in my eyes that I followed this same path and became a comic creator.

Perhaps now is the time and I have blogged about this several times during my Blog’s existence here that we see new inventiveness, which will invigorate the industry just like Jack did forty years ago this month.

So, without further ado, let me just say...

Happy Birthday Jimmy, welcome to the Fourth World and most of all...

Thanks Jack.

Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
October 1st 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010


The second Maltese Comic Convention...

Hi Guys,

Exciting Comic Book News for me is that the Malta comic convention is now only a matter of a few weeks away.

Confirmed guests going along this year, up to press, are Liam Sharp, Gary Erskine, Claudio Castellini, Renee Witterstaetter and Dave Windett who will be joining up with Sean Azzopardi and I, who appeared with me last year. This year I am pleased to be able to have Margaret accompanying me on the trip.

The dates to remember are October 16th and 17th – a little earlier this year than last.

The venue is the same as last year, the magnificent Saint James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.

Here are some links you may want to check out:

Malta ComicCon2

Wicked Comics – Malta Comic Web Hub

You can find out all about my time out there last year in by reading my Blogs on the event below:

1st Annual Malta Comic Con Part 01
1st Annual Malta Comic Con Part 02
1st Annual Malta Comic Con Part 03

Below is one of the official flyers for the convention:

As usual I will be taking along some Wizards Keep merchandise.

I will also be taking colour prints of the pages from the graphic novel that I have finished to date.

I am excited to say that I will be launching a new Limited Edition Portfolio of Worlds End full colour artwork, which I cannot wait to show you all.

I will also have a limited print run of a brand new exclusive Poster for MaltaComicCon2.

I will be signing and sketching for folks whilst there, so please come along again and have a chat.

Well it’s all hands to the deck now as I try to complete the paints on the Worlds End graphic novel, so I better sign off for now.

Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
September 24th 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Many Thanks...

To everyone that took time out to contact Margaret and me...

Hi Guys,

The amount of people that contacted via email, phone and through all the networks we are on was incredible and each and every one of you wonderful people helped Margaret and I through a very difficult time, because of the care you showed and the thoughts that you so very kindly shared with us.

I will start Blogging again soon, as I had planned before losing Cocoa. I have returned full time to painting Worlds End and I may share some new panels with you all soon. Thanks again to everyone for their kind words of support and for sticking around throughout.

As it said on the front cover of a certain DC comic way back in 1970, but with a minor edit...

Tim’s Back!

I would also like to offer up my thoughts on this day for those that lost their loved ones back in 2001.

Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
September 11th 2010