Jack Kirby left Marvel Comics in 1970 due to creative differences with Stan Lee to create his greatest work for DC Comics which would later be called, The Fourth World. His Fourth World books were a failure in the early 70s. The Fourth World characters lingered in the DC universe for 50 years and play significant roles in shaping continuity. From 1970 till 1973, the New Gods books desperately tried to gain a following with poor sales. Eventually, the comics all got canceled with Kirby abandoning the conceptual saga storytelling. Kirby was left with one series that was based on the Planet of the Apes, Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth, the series went on for a while before Kirby bolted back to Marvel. Readers were not ready for Kirby’s grand masterwork. Perhaps, they will eventually be revisited a few years later with Marvel’s Eternals. For the first time, DC Comics collects all The Fourth World books in one single hardcover true omnibus.
In the 1970s, legendary creator Jack “the King” Kirby revolutionized the comic book medium with a sweeping multi-series saga that encompassed impossible new worlds, iconic new characters, and sweeping new mythologies. He called it the Fourth World, and its debut elicited unprecedented levels of excitement and anticipation from comics readers everywhere.
The Fourth World by Jack Kirby Omnibus collects, in a single hardcover volume, Kirby’s complete chronicles from the pages of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, The New Gods, The Forever People, and Mister Miracle, as well as the climactic graphic novel The Hunger Dogs.
This transformative tome also includes illuminating essays from acclaimed author (and former Kirby apprentice) Mark Evanier and celebrated comics creator (and avowed Kirby fan) Walter Simonson, as well as a special section of Kirby pencils, profiles, pinups, and more!