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WWII Kirby circus Nazi bondage cover (whew)
ow/white pgs, cvr dtch
WWII Kirby circus Nazi bondage cover (whew)The story featured on the cover of Captain America Comics #5 is "The Ringmaster of Death", and with such a crazy concept to play with, a young Jack Kirby did not hold back. The circus mayhem that takes place in this tale is perfectly encapsulated in this cover, Kirby teaming with Syd Shores to provide another knockout of a wartime classic. The Golden Age was a grand old time indeed, unfettered by episodic storylines, basically anything could be the inspiration for a story, why in this issue alone there is a Pacific theater submarine story, a tale of an American Bund, which puts pressure on German citizens to join the Nazi cause, and a basic caper yarn, along with all the big top action.
Jack Kirby is called 'The King of Comics' for a reason, during his career that spanned six decades he gave us many of most iconic characters the medium would ever see. From his introduction of Captain America at the height of World War II it was clear he wasn't your ordinary comics artist. But it was his creative explosion at Marvel Comics in the 1960's that cemented his legacy, over a short period of time Kirby would give us The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Hulk, The X-Men, Thor, Ant-Man and Nick Fury just to name a few. Kirby would then go to DC and create his Fourth World, introducing Darkseid, Mister Miracle, The New Gods and a host of cosmic supporting players. Long live The King.
Joseph Henry Simon was an American comic book writer, artist, editor, and publisher. Simon created or co-created many important characters in the 1930s–1940s Golden Age of Comic Books, such as Captain America, and served as the first editor of Timely Comics, the company that would evolve into Marvel Comics.