KIRBY's 100th Birthday Celebrated With DC's KAMANDI CHALLENGE

"Kamandi Challenge" sketch
Credit: Bruce Timm (DC Comics)
Credit: Dale Eaglesham (DC Comics)

DC has formally announced a 12-issue miniseries titled KAMANDI Challenge that will pair over 25 creators together for a 'round-robin' style event set in the dystopian future known as Earth A.D. Originally teased back in April, KAMANDI Challenge is described by the publisher as "the first steps in an ongoing plan to recognize Kirby's contributions to DC..."

”Over two dozen of the comic industry’s best and brightest talent have been selected to participate in one of the greatest comic book adventures of this, or any other decade, the KAMANDI Challenge," said DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. "Over two years in the making, we expect this series to reach heights of excitement and adventure worthy of ‘The King’ himself."

Credit: Ivan Reis (DC Comics)

Scheduled to launch in January, and the creative teams for each issue are:

  • Issue #1 by Dan Abnett/Dale Eaglesham, with a prologue by DiDio/Keith Giffen
  • Issue #2 by Peter J. Tomasi/Neal Adams
  • Issue #3 by Jimmy Palmiotti/Amanda Conner
  • Issue #4 by James Tynion IV/Carlos D’Anda
  • Issue #5 by Bill Willingham/Ivan Reis
  • Issue #6 by Steve Orlando/Philip Tan
  • Issue #7 by Marguerite Bennett/Dan Jurgens
  • Issue #8 by Keith Giffen/Steve Rude
  • Issue #9 by Tom King/Kevin Eastman
  • Issue #10 by Greg Pak/Joe Prado
  • Issue #11 by Rob Williams/Walter Simonson
  • Issue #12 by Gail Simone/Ryan Sook, with an epilogue by Marv Wolfman/Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez.
Credit: Neal Adams (DC Comics)

Bruce Timm will illustrate the cover to KAMANDI Challenge #1, followed by a "host of fan-favorite artists" for subsequent issues. Additionally, each issue's primary interior artist will illustrate a variant cover for his or her issue.

According to the publisher, each creative team was "randomly" assigned one of the 12 sections of Earth A.D., the future world seen in Kirby's Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth. The plan is for issue one to start in one section, with each subsequent team moving to other area before it returns full-circle by the final issue. Furthermore, DC explaned that each creative team will be kept in the dark about what the other creators are doing in their issue.

The concept for KAMANDI Challenge is taken from the 1985 anthology DC Challenge.

”Through the power of his imagination and seemingly endless energy and creativity, Jack Kirby made not just an indelible Kirby-Crackled mark on the world of comic books, but he ended up shaping the entirety of pop culture as it exists today,” said Jim Lee. "The vastness of Jack’s imagination and his powers as an artist and storyteller remain unmatched to this day. I sincerely doubt we will ever see the likes of Jack ‘the King’ Kirby ever again.”

DC's Co-Publishers are expected to talk more about KAMANDI Challenge at their annual "Meet the Publishers" panel this weekend at New York Comic Con.

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