Spinning Out Of Kirby: Genesis…Silver Star!

Official Press Release



August 26th, 2011 – Runnemede, NJ – Spinning out of Kirby: Genesis comes one of Jack Kirby’s greatest creations – Silver StarGet a firsthand look at America’s greatest unknown superhero in this sterling debut issue from writer Jai Nitz and artist Johnny D.  The story, which has been worked on with the support of Kirby: Genesis creators Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek, can be found in stores this November with covers by Alex Ross, Jae Lee, and for the first time ever at Dynamite, Mark (Fables) Buckingham!!!

Before Kirby: Genesis there was… Silver Star!  The last great Kirby creation, Morgan Miller is the first of a new breed– Homo-Geneticus.  The most powerful man in the world has been living in secret for the last thirty years, but he’s been busy.  Silver Star secretly protects the world from the amazing super-powerful dangers that threaten billions every day.  Witness superheroic war, giant monsters and astral adventures!

Silver Star stands next to Captain Victory as one of Kirby’s greatest independent creations — those he gave the greatest thought and attention to,” says legendary artist Alex Ross.  “It’s a key accomplishment of the Kirby: Genesis series to return these characters to visible prominence in the field.  Silver Star is Jack Kirby’s Superman and Dr. Manhattan all rolled into one.”

“I recently saw Grant Morrison at Comic Con in San Diego,” stated Silver Star writer Jai Nitz.  “He hugged me and asked how the Kirby stuff was going.  He did that because he gets it.  Of course he does.  He just wrote Supergods, a book about the connection between the superheroic stories we tell and ourselves.  He knows that no one has ever told superheroic stories better than Jack Kirby.  When I say “ever” I don’t mean just in comics.  I mean ever.  Jack Kirby is in the pantheon alongside Homer and Shakespeare.  I get to write Silver Star, the last great Kirby creation.  Like our publisher Nick Barrucci said, “It isn’t Kirby and Simon, or Kirby and Lee, or Kirby and whoever– it’s just Kirby.”  It’s about human potential and the future of superpowers.  It’s the kind of thing Morrison talks about in his book.  It’s crazy ideas, unbridled with the needle buried in the red.  I want to write comics like that, but I get to jam with Kirby, the greatest master of our medium, from the inception stage.  It’s great big gobs of fun.  Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek are doing the real highwire act by putting all these distinct Kirby creations in the same universe and kicking the dial up to eleven.  I’m surrounded by genius.  There is a genius scaffold, genius collaborators, genius creators, and genius hugging fans.  I’m so happy to be along for the ride I could burst.”

Acclaimed cover artist Jae Lee had this to say, “It’s an honor to be following in the footsteps of the greatest creator this medium has ever known.”

“Studying the pencil art of Jack Kirby, trying to capture some of his dynamism and energy, reinvigorate my own drawing and helped me evolve into a much better artist,” says the fan-favorite cover artist Mark Buckingham.  “Jack Kirby is comics. Not just an artist or writer, but a primal creative force that still exists in the heart of so many modern comics and their creators.  It is an absolute delight to be able to contribute cover art to Silver Star and to help honor his legacy.”

“When I was told I would be working on characters created by the great Jack Kirby himself, I erupted in crackling Kirby energy dots myself,” exclaimed Kirby: Genesis – Silver Star artist Johnny D!  “I’m under way with it now, the script rocks and having my pages go through another icon Alex Ross, I’m really going to grow as an artist and deliver my best work by far!”

“As you can see, everyone involved with Kirby: Genesis – Silver Star has such incredible enthusiasm for the project,” states Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.  “We have put together a comic book that shows everyone’s undeniable love of the genius that is Jack Kirby, and the passion will show on every page fans read!”

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Project Superpowers, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – which debuted at #4 in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

Dynamite also controls and owns multiple library’s, including but not limited to the Vampirella library of casts and characters, The Superpowers library of characters, The Kirby: Genesis world of characters, and the Chaos! Comics universe of characters.