DC to Celebrate Jack Kirby's 100th Birthday With Ambitious Post-Apocalyptic Series

The Kamandi Challenge will see 12 creative teams tackle stories taking place in different sections of Earth A.D., which was created by the comics legend.
Bruce Timm/DC Entertainment

Some of Jack Kirby's key creations are getting new life.

Next August marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary comic book artist, and DC Entertainment announced Monday it will mark the occasion by presenting 12 new stories taking place on Earth A.D., the post-apocalyptic world where the boy hero Kamandi lives. Kamandi was first introduced in 1972's Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth series, which saw him inhabiting a world ruled by intelligent animals and in which humans have been reduced back to primitive ways after an apocalyptic event. 

DC is dubbing their celebration the Kamandi Challenge, which will see 12 creative teams (one writer and artist) given a randomly selected section of Earth A.D. in which to set stories.

The first issue will feature a cover by Bruce Timm (see above). Here's the full lineup of creators: 

Issue #1 by Dan Abnett/Dale Eaglesham
Issue #2 by Peter J. Tomasi/Neal Adams 
Issue #3 by Jimmy Palmiotti/Amanda Conner 
Issue #4 by James Tynion/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

And here's a taste of what some of the issues will look like.

Dale Eaglesham:

Ivan Reis:

 

Neal Adams:

Kirby, who died in 1994, fleshed out some sections of Earth A.D. more than others, so some of the creators will get the extra challenge of exploring areas the iconic creator didn't spend much time in.

Part of the fun is that the teams are working independently and don't know what the others are working on. Things will eventually come full circle, as the first and last team's stories will both take place in the same section of Earth A.D.

The first issue will be oversized, with a prologue by Dan DiDio with art by Keith Giffen. Following suit, the 12th and final issue also will be oversized, and will include an epilogue written by Len Wein with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. 

They'll be more about Kirby this week at New York Comic Con, where DC publishers DiDio and Jim Lee will speak about his legacy and about the upcoming project.

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