Prisoner comic - Kirby - Royer

The Prisoner Comic Is Finally Being Released!

Friends, the Hollywood Reporter yesterday dropped some huge news for us fans of The Prisoner. Thanks to Titan Comics we will soon be able to enjoy a new comic series. A Prisoner comic that is indeed set in the universe of the cult classic TV show. However, thanks again to Titan Comics, we are going to be able to read Jack Kirby’s vision of The Prisoner.
The Prisoner #2

Sort of. As a matter of fact Steve Englehart (Doctor Strange) as well as Gil Kane (Green Lantern) had started to create a comic series in 1976. It was Stan Lee who felt the project was better suited to the legendary Jack Kirby. Although having said that it was of course Lee who eventually decided to cancel the project before it was even published.
Prisoner comic - Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby had crafted only the single issue before it had been cancelled. As a fan of The Prisoner as well as Jack Kirby. The fact I couldn’t get my hands on this work was maddening to say the least.
Prisoner comic - Kirby - Marvel

Now having said that, it is quite true that pages have been shared in the past. But not the actual full and inked Prisoner comic. Which is why the release of The Prisoner: Original Art Edition is such an amazing book. Not only are we going to get Kirby’s Prisoner comic but the script by Englehart and 18 pages of Gil Kane’s artwork.
Prisoner comic - Original Art Edition

I truly cannot think of a better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Prisoner‘s U.S. debut. I mean we have The Prisoner: Original Art Edition in addition to that new Prisoner comic series, right? The art will be handled by Colin Lorimer (The Hunt) with the writing by Peter Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man). In fact Milligan had this to say in the Titan Comics press release:

“For a story where all is ambiguous, it’s hardly surprising that everyone takes from The Prisoner something different; like most people I had my own theories, my own twisted notions – mostly Kafkaesque and existential – of what was really going on in those mock Italianate dwellings. Personally the stranger and more baffling it was the better it suited me,” Peter Milligan said in a statement. “So what an honor it is now, thanks to Titan Comics, to be writing Number 6’s successor into that enigmatic and beguiling world.”

I can assure you I will be making a post or two concerning the 50th anniversary on June 1st.

Actually, did you know that DC Comics released an official sequel Prisoner comic?


Prisoner comic - DC Comics

Totally true, friends. It was a 4-book Prestige format mini-series that was released in October of 1988. It followed an agent who resigns from her post at MI-5. Much like Patrick McGoohan’s character of Number 6 in The Prisoner, she has given no reason for quitting. Going on a sailing trip around the world, the young woman finds herself stranded on a seemingly deserted island. However…she is of course the new arrival at the Village. The series takes place 20 years after the end of the original television show. Things in the Village have not improved for the better.
Prisoner comic - DC comics - Dean Motter

Perhaps with the new Prisoner comic being released this might see a new release too?

Jack Kirby’s THE PRISONER!

Jack Kirby's THE PRISONER!

You all remember when Marvel and Jack Kirby turned cult TV show The Prisoner into a comic book, don’t you? No? That isn’t surprising, this unfinished seventeen-page story was scrapped before release in late 1976. Expected to be the first in a series, it was created by Kirby and partially inked and lettered by Mike Royer, and this single episode is all that remains of Kirby’s plans for the series.

Jack Kirby's THE PRISONER!

For more about the comic, and to read the first story, check out Forces of Geek, and if you want an even more in-depth history, check out TwoMorrows Publishing.

The Origin Of Captain America (1966)

With the release of the Avengers film yesterday, and since some of us are working the entire weekend and won’t be able to see it until Monday…it seemed liked an opportune time to watch some of the classic 1966 cartoons from the Marvel Super Heroes lineup. So grab a bowl of your favorite cereal and join me as we watch the origin of Captain America!

[via] Megakisstallica12’s YouTube channel

What I love most about these particular animated shorts is getting to the wonderful artwork of Jack Kirby’s in motion…sort of.

EPIX Original Documentary – With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

Our friends at EPIX were gracious enough to allow me a chance to review their upcoming original documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, which is set to debut later this week during their Marvel Heroes Weekend. All of this of course is leading up to next week’s highly awaited theatrical release for the Avengers.

The documentary focuses on Stan Lee’s career with Marvel Comics throughout the 40s until today. In his own words Stan Lee talks about not only the iconic characters he helped to create during his stellar career but shows us fans with actual period footage how much fun it was to be part of the Marvel Bullpen crafting these tales that so many of us have grown to love.

With Great Power delves into Stan’s personal life obviously and we get a intimate look involving his loving and feisty wife, Joan, as well as their daughter Joan Celia. Throughout the documentary we also get to hear from many of his co-workers and colleagues as well as the many celebrities he has had dealings with on how much they respect the man who has essentially become the face of Marvel Comics.

Two of my favorite moments involve when Stan uprooted his family from New York and moved to California to head up the Marvel Productions studio, which at that point was solely focused on producing Marvel’s TV and film properties. In the documentary we get to see Stan in the early 80s watching test animation for the then upcoming Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends animated series and a brief clip of them watching the daily’s for Transformers: The Movie.

[Via] EPIX’s YouTube Channel

So this weekend make sure to tune into the Marvel Heroes Weekend to not only get yourself primed for the Avengers but to also check out this informative documentary. Excelsior!