DC Comics Celebrates Jack Kirby's 100th Birthday with 'Kamandi' Series

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August 28th, 2017 would have been the 100th birthday of comic book legend Jack Kirby....and though Kirby is not alive to see it, DC Comics is still planning to celebrate it. Part of that celebration will be a brand new series featuring Kirby's creation Kamandi, CBR reports. But there's a big twist- each issue of the series will be written by a different creative team.

Kirby's 1972 series Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth features the sole survivor of the human race, who lives in a post apocalyptic Earth called 'Earth A.D.' (After Disaster). As a result of the 'Great Disaster', most of humanity died off and earth is now ruled by several superevolved, intelligent talking animals.

The "Kamandi Challenge" announced by DC means that for the 12 issue series, a different artist and writer will be randomly paired up for each consecutive issue. Each team will be assigned a different section of "Earth A.D." to work with and the series will begin and end in the same location. There will be no communcation between the teams.

The creative team for each issue has now been announced. See it below:

  • Issue 1 by Dan Abnett and Dale Eaglesham
  • Issue 2 by Peter J. Tomasi and Neal Adams
  • Issue 3 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
  • Issue 4 by James Tynion and Carlos D'Anda
  • Issue 5 by Bill Willingham and Ivan Reis
  • Issue # by Steve Orlando and Philip Tan
  • Issue 7 by Marguerite Bennett and Dan Jurgens
  • Issue 8 by Keith Giffen and Steve Rude
  • Issue 9 by Tom King and Kevin Eastman
  • Issue 10 by Greg Pak and Joe Prado
  • Issue 11 by Rob Williams and Walter Simonson
  • Issue 12 by Gail Simone and Ryan Sook
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DC has released preview art for the series. This includes a cover sketch by Bruce Timm and comic pages by Neal Adams, Dale Eaglesham and Ivan Reis:

By Bruce Timm

By Ivan Reis

By Dale Eaglesham

By Neal Adams

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'The Kamandi Challenge' will kickstart in January.

It sounds like it will be difficult to pull off a coherent series with the parameters set, but I guess that's what makes it a "challenge". What do you think? Are you looking forward to this comic?

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