Jack Kirby’s – Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth!

A post-apocalyptic world dominated by talking apes with an odd assortment of other talking creatures such as killer dolphins…yep. The unbridled imagination of Jack “King” Kirby (writer, editor, penciler) is something of wonder to us mere mortals, and it has been from his earliest works to his creations in the 1970s- work such as Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth!

The book has a Planet of the Apes meets Escape From New York kinda vibe to it, and that’s a wonderful combination. No, Kamandi isn’t Snake Plissken, but the general tone and war-torn future definitely match up. There’s quirkiness to this title that has all the charm you’d expect from a comic produced by Kirby. Every issue I own contains not just a wild story, but also multiple splash pages that will absolutely blow your mind!

The early issues were inked by Mike Royer (also inker on another great Kirby DC title during this era, The Demon), and other than Joe Sinnott and Bill Everett, he’s probably my favorite Kirby inker. The later issues were inked/lettered by D. Bruce Berry. His style fit Kirby pretty well too, but not quite as powerfully as Royer’s. My absolute favorite issue is 29, because of the Superman tie-in! Kirby was a creator that can make anything seem real, no matter how ludicrous it seems when you step back and look at it.

 

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Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth #19 & 20, 1974

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OK, so I sort of lied. Those last two books weren’t the final books from DC in this era. I did remember that I picked up these two great issues of Kamandi, at New York Comic Con (2013). Any time you can get Jack Kirby for fifty cents, you’d be a fool not to grab it! The main character in this book is a dead ringer for Ikaris, of the Eternals, and that’s just another reason why I’ll buy this series whenever I happen upon an issue! Written, drawn, and edited by Jack Kirby (inked & lettered by D. Bruce Berry)!