Jack Kirby’s Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers was scheduled to get a hardcover collected edition way back in 2007, but that collection has never been printed.
The trade, which was to be published by Image Comics, was to collect all 14 issues of Kirby’s work on the character. That includes 13 regular issues and 1 special.
Image Comics hit a snag, though, when they could not find good enough art to reprint the original works. Considering it has been 9 years since they tried to print this, it is obviously questionable if we will ever see it.
Captain Victory has a loose – or strong – connection to Kirby’s Fourth World, depending on how you want to look at it. While he is not a DC Comics character, he might be connected to the 2 most prominent New Gods.
At the risk of spoiling a 35 year old comic, the end of Kirby’s run on Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers strongly implied a connection to New Genesis and Apokolips from the Fourth World. Kirby strongly hints that Captain Victory is intended to be the son of Orion – and the grandson of Darkseid.
The graphic novel must have been near completion. It was being marketed as a 376-page complete collection. There is even still an Amazon solicitation listing:
Image Comics’ archival collections of Jack “King” Kirby’s creator-owned work for Pacific Comics continue with Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers! Featuring lovingly reconstructed color work, this deluxe hardcover chronicles the adventures of Captain Victory and his unique crew of galactic rangers as they battle such foes as Lightning Lady, the Wonder Warriors and the ominous Blackmass. A must-have for any Kirby Collector!
Image Comics has show no signs of plans to reprint the series since the initial delays. Image publisher Eric Stephenson stated that “The last thing we want to do is release an inferior version of this material.The more involved we’ve gotten in the restoration process, the more obvious it has become that the files and art we’re working simply aren’t up to par with those used for Silver Star.”
Image nobly decided to search for the original artwork rather than trying to make a quick buck on an inferior product. They even put a request out to whoever has the original artwork.
Ideally, Kirby’s original art would be found and we could get this hardcover collection in our hands. Short of that, would you prefer to wait or get a version with less than ideal art. Personally, I would be willing to buy the inferior product if it meant getting this book.
Having a hardcover collection of these stories would be exciting for any New Gods, Captain Victory, or Jack Kirby fan. Those looking for more Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers will have to hunt down back issues to see Kirby’s original work. There is also a new series of the characters that Dynamite Entertainment has recently released by Joe Casey and Nathan Fox.