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!

What if Games for Marvel’s Avengers had Been Released on the Atari 2600?

The 1980s were a magical time for blockbuster films. Sadly though, when it came to comic book movies, we had just a few Superman sequels and of course Batman in the late 1980s. So I was chatting with Vic Sage the other night and we started wondering what the pop culture landscape might have been like if they had released the Avengers in the 1980s. Would they have done the same release schedule? Would it have been a hit? Eventually we started talking about tie-ins and that got us thinking about video games.

Now neither of use are designers, but thanks to some great templates and the art of King Kirby, we were able to mock up what the game boxes for the solo Avengers titles (and the Avengers) might have looked like if they had been released for the Atari 2600 and in the case of the Avengers, the Atari 5200.

First we will kick off with Iron Man, which starred Bruce Boxleitner as Tony Stark…

Iron Man for the Atari 2600

Second came the big budget Hulk, with beloved Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner…

Hulk for the Atari 2600

Treat Williams took on the role of the Star Spangled Avenger…

Captain America for the Atari 2600

Schwarzenegger was already a growing star, so when he took on the mantle of the Mighty Thor, everyone was very excited…

Thor for the Atari 2600

Finally they all came together, with the addition of Michelle Pfeiffer as the Wasp and Rutger Hauer as Loki, in the biggest film of the 1980s, The Avengers. By this time, the Atari 5200 was in stores. Some say it was the high quality Avengers title that saved that system and prevented Atari from going under.

The Avengers for the Atari 5200

The Prisoner By Jack Kirby

A huge tip of the hat to Mister 8 or Armstrong Sabian as he is known is some circles…but being a double agent…I probably shouldn’t have just given his name. I bet SPECTRE or THRUSH are already on his trail as I type this, let us hope that the writer of that wonderful blog has another identity he can switch to on the fly.

Make sure to follow the link to the Mister 8 blog so that you can see more art from the many times the Patrick McGoohan television classic, The Prisoner, almost made it to the comic spinners in your youth and details on how in 1988 it finally did. I’ve chosen a few scanned panels of the Marvel Comics abandoned comic by the legendary Jack Kirby, inked by Mike Royer for your viewing enjoyment.