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Silver Star Hardcover – Jul 31 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (July 31 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582407649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582407647
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 28.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #772,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book.

Any fans of Kirby should own a copy of this Hardcover.

Bold artwork. Very colorful.

Everything you can expect from a Kirby comic.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa754d480) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e2c018) out of 5 stars Innovative presentation, but... Jan. 1 2007
By Sabu 44 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First the good stuff:

I loved the format of the book. The introduction is informative and well-written. Numerous sketches are included. The original screenplay proposal comes along with all this, and everything is done on a high-quality paper. In a nutshell, the reader gets to know as much as he wants about the Silver Star.

Most importantly, there is the art. Jack's pencils are tight and easy to follow. There are quite a few pages of fully inked artwork inserted in this graphic novel, so a reader gets a great comparison and a feel for Kirby's creative process. The lettering is all printed in a polished and professional way. The end result of this is a peek at the early stages of a Kirby work without the reading experience being reduced at all.

Lastly (for the good), is that this is a JACK KIRBY graphic novel. I would agree that this came after Jack's prime. There are a couple sequences where story inexplicably jumps forward. However, EVERY page still contains brilliance. The art is bursting with energy. Shadows, backgrounds, gestures, expressions... it is all there and it is fantastic.

The story is a fine example of Kirby's creativity. Jack's best stories contain timeless and important themes and ideas. Both the Eternals and New Gods dealt with technology and mythological themes. Jimmy Olsen, believe it or not, had genetics and cloning in its best storylines. Reading these stories today, they still seem relevant and even cutting edge to me. The Silver Star also contains these big concepts. Silver Star also has Darius Drumm... Jack's best bad guy since the incomparable Darkseid!

Now for the bad:

Kirby was perhaps the greatest comic artist ever. I also touched upon his gift for big ideas and grand concepts. However, having a super-powered imagination and being an mega-talented artist does not mean a man is automatically a great writer. In this work, I have to admit that my enjoyment of the art and the cool concepts (in Silver Star, Jack again dives into genetics and technology) was dampened by huge plot holes, corny dialogue, a love interest sub-plot that did not work at all, and a puzzling ending. I understand it is a comic book that isn't shooting for realism, and I can suspend my disbelief. Despite that, I still felt the storyline just did not come together in a satisfactory way.

To sum up, I think anyone really into Jack Kirby, superhero comics, or great comic art will love this book. For the rest of us, it is a pretty good ride, but a far cry for The Eternals of The Fourth World stories.
HASH(0xa6e2c06c) out of 5 stars Every Kirby fan should have this one!! May 19 2014
By Ricky Killingsworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have pretty much everything ever done by Jack Kirby, and had to some extent been hesitant on this book. I had heard several bad reviews, that it was not up to the King's earlier works. Well, those people were wrong. Jack Kirby was, in my opinion, never a great writer, but instead was without a doubt the best "STORYTELLER" of a generation and beyond. His words were clunky, his scripts brief and punch-happy at times, but this was his style. Kirby gave you the story in it's most raw form. He could tell that story with a power that nobody else could hope to equal (Stan Lee succeeded in smoothing out the voices, but it was always evident that Kirby was driving the Imagination wagon!). Silver Star will never be mistaken as one of his finest works, but as it stands, it is better than most of the current drivel that is being put out today!! In short, it's an amazing experience for a true comic book geek!!!
HASH(0xa6e2c348) out of 5 stars Great format. Jan. 29 2014
By Chris Roden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kirby was past his writing peak when Silver Star was published, but his artwork was still great. This graphite edition shows Kirby's pencils before the inkers added their own style to his work. Consequently, this version allows Kirby fans to get a sense of what Kirby saw on his basement drawing board day after day. Some of the panels are inked since Kirby didn't make a copy of those pages, but for the most part Jack copied his Silver Star work. Overall, it's facinating for those interested in the pencil art of Jack Kirby.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e2c240) out of 5 stars Two versions of Silver Star book - Image and TwoMorrows versions Dec 9 2013
By Mister V - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Make sure you are getting the version of Silver Star that you want.
There is the Image Comics version of Silver Star and there is a TwoMorrows Graphite version of Silver Star.
The attached picture for the hardcover is showing the Image Comics version but when you click on 'View Inside' it has a disclaimer saying you are viewing the TwoMorrow paperback version. They are very different books and it could be confusing and misleading.
Amazon needs to show the correct cover for the book being sold AND have it be consistent with what is shown in 'View Inside' if they are offering that feature. The 'View Inside' is only for the TwoMorrows paperback graphite version.
Reviews have mixed both versions together which also is not helpful.
Amazon normally does a good job but they dropped the ball on this one.
HASH(0xa6e2c87c) out of 5 stars There is Kirby Magic in this book! Aug. 1 2014
By Hwy61Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
No reasonable Kirby enthusiast or comicbook historian would claim SILVER STAR is among Kirby's best work. That being said, if this is "bad Kirby", it stands as a testament to Jack's brilliance. The storyline and dialog would no doubt have benefited from an editor or script writer but who cares? We get full, uncensored Kirby in all its zany glory! There is some great art: beautiful splash pages and energy and explosions that crackle off the page! The book includes and interesting introduction, Kirby's script for a proposed SILVER STAR movie and some behind the scene sketches from the King. At $34.99 retail I would call it a little pricey, but well worth the Amazon discounted cost.


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