The Continuity Pages:

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Space Odyssey franchise began with the landmark film 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick, and the accompanying novel by Arthur C. Clarke.

In 1976, Jack Kirby produced an adaptation of the film, then continued the story in an ongoing comic book, both for Marvel Comics. The continuation, wildly tonally out of sync with the film, lasted ten issues. Mister Machine, the protagonist of the final three issues, was renamed Machine Man and spun into his own Marvel series, then integrated into the Marvel Universe. (In 2013, Sequart produced a book on Kirby’s comic-book series entitled The Weirdest Sci-Fi Comic Ever Made.)

In 1982, Arthur C. Clarke’s sequel novel 2010: Odyssey Two was released. A film version debuted in 1984, with a comic-book adaptation (also from Marvel) soon following.

Clarke went on to write two more novels: 1987′s 2061: Odyssey Three and 1997′s 3001: The Final Odyssey.

2001

2001: A Space Odyssey

directed by Stanley Kubrick; written by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke; 142 minutes; released 8 Feb 1968 (in New York City, with wider U.S. release on 3 Apr 1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey novel

written by Arthur C. Clarke; story by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke; novel; published 1968

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2001, A Space Odyssey

“2001: A Space Odyssey” -- 70 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Frank Giacoia
  • a comic-book adaptation of the motion picture

“2001: A Space Retrospective” -- 10 pages

  • written by David Anthony Kraft
  • text piece illustrated with stills from the film

published 1976

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Jack Kirby’s Continuation

2001, A Space Odyssey #1

“Beast-Killer” -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

first issue; cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated Dec 1976

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2001, A Space Odyssey #2

“Vira, the She-Demon!” -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated Jan 1977

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2001, A Space Odyssey #3

“Marak!” -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated Feb 1977

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2001, A Space Odyssey #4

“Wheels of Death!” -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • continued from 2001, A Space Odyssey #3

cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated Mar 1977

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2001, A Space Odyssey #5

“Norton of New York 2040 A.D.” -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated Apr 1977

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2001, A Space Odyssey #6

“Inter-Galactica” -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • continued from 2001, A Space Odyssey #5

cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated May 1977

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2001, A Space Odyssey #7

“The New Seed!” -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated June 1977

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2001, A Space Odyssey #8

“The Capture of X-51″ -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated July 1977

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2001, A Space Odyssey #9

“Mister Machine!” -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • continued from 2001, A Space Odyssey #8

cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated Aug 1977

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2001, A Space Odyssey #10

“Hotline to Hades!” -- 17 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • continued from 2001, A Space Odyssey #9

final issue; cover by Jack Kirby; $0.30; cover-dated Sept 1977

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The Weirdest Sci-Fi Comic Ever Made: Understanding Jack Kirby's 2001: A Space Odyssey

written by Julian Darius; published by Sequart Research & Literacy Organization; 90 pages; softcover; $7.99; published May 2013

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2010

2010: Odyssey Two

written by Arthur C. Clarke; novel; published Jan 1982

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2010: The Year We Make Contact

directed by Peter Hyams; written by Peter Hyams; story by Arthur C. Clarke; 115 minutes; released 7 Dec 1984

Marvel Super Special #37

written by J. M. DeMatteis; breakdowns by Joe Barney and Larry Hama; finishes by Tom Palmer; cover by Tom Palmer; 45 pages; $2.50

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2010 #1

first issue; reprints the first half of Marvel Super Special #37; cover by Tom Palmer; $0.75; cover-dated Apr 1985

2010 #2

final issue; reprints the second half of Marvel Super Special #37; cover by Tom Palmer; $0.75; cover-dated May 1985

2061

2061: Odyssey Three

written by Arthur C. Clarke; novel; published 1987

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3001

3001: The Final Odyssey

written by Arthur C. Clarke; novel; published 1997

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