In 1976-1977, comics legend Jack Kirby, known for his bombastic super-heroes, produced an adaptation and continuation of Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. One could hardly imagine more celebrated creators in their respective fields — nor a greater clash of personal styles. The result, according to Dr. Julian Darius, was a mad clash of themes and tones that reveals much about Kirby, 2001 itself, and even 2001 novelist Arthur C. Clarke.
The Weirdest Sci-Fi Comic Ever Made:
Understanding Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Research & Literacy Organization. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his transgressive novel Nira/Sussa and The Many Lives of Yelena Moulin (serialized online for free). His blog is Fire Pug Kills Eight. He currently lives in Illinois.
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Also by Julian Darius:
- Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont's X-Men (executive producer)
- Diagram for Delinquents: Fredric Wertham and the Evolution of Comic Books (producer)
- The Image Revolution (executive producer)
- Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts (executive producer)