I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got six new comics.

  • Manifest Destiny – 3
  • Hoax Hunters – 13
  • The Walking Dead – 119
  • Fatale – 19
  • Bloodshot – 18
  • Minimum Wage – 1
  • This week’s comic book cover to look at and examine is Captain Victory #5 by Jack Kirby. This book is from July 1982. I think I had a subscription to this comic and got this one through the mail. I’ve always enjoyed this series and it’s crazy over-the-top nature. There are better Kirby covers out there for sure but for some reason I always liked this one a lot. I think I like the whole weird concept as emphasized by that word balloon. “Micro-Troops — Forward!”.

    The legs in the foreground are like two pillars holding up the cover. They are there only to show the scale of the micro troop and are barely legs. Kirby didn’t even bother to really draw feet on them either but I love the black shapes in them. It’s one step away from abstract art as the shapes have almost no resemblance to what an actual leg looks like. They’re wonderful shapes though.

    The Micro-troops are not especially well delineated as individuals but as a group they look good. That’s what uniforms are supposed to do. They also bring to mind a line of ants moving forward. I’m not sure what that weapon is that they’re carrying. It reminds me of a Nerf weapon so that adds to the weirdness for me. Also there is that fire in the background. What the heck is that all about? It makes for a dramatic picture but where did it come from? I though the Mircro-troops were walking into battle but the fire suggests the battle already happened. More confusing weirdness!

    I can’t say many good things about the logo and trade dress. It’s pretty terrible. Lots of pointless type but at least it’s up top where it’s easy to ignore. I guess the yellow works okay with all the grey of the ground but the logos are all still a bit ugly. I like the splash of purple behind the “PC” though.

    All-in-all this is a cover that has stuck with me all these years. I like it. On anybody else’s list of great Jack Kirby covers this one would probably be around number six hundred and forty two and I’m not saying that would be wrong but this one is still one that I like a lot.