It seems we are finally be getting a hardcover or trade paperback collection dedicated solely to the Super Powers comic book. The release date is listed as August 29, 2017.
The Super Powers comic books were created in the mid 1980s to help promote the toy line that they were based on. They were part of a larger advertising program.
The first 2 volumes of this series have actually been reprinted before. In 2013, DC Comics released The Jack Kirby Omnibus Vol. 2 Starring The Super Powers. This collected the 11 issues that Kirby was involved with as well as collection of the rest of his later DC work.
The paperback is set to collect the following:
- Super Powers Volume 1 #1-5
- Super Powers Volume 2 #1-6
- Super Powers Volume 3 #1-4
Update: The Amazon listing is now live. Here is the synopsis:
In 1984, legendary writer/artist Jack Kirby co-wrote and illustrated tales of the Justice League of America in the miniseries SUPER POWERS. Now, for the first time, DC collects all three SUPER POWERS miniseries in a single hardcover, with stories co-written by Kirby cover art by Kirby, and six stories featuring the powerful art of the King of Comics. These tales pit the JLA — including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and more against the forces of Darkseid, lord of Apokolips. These stories are the only time in his long career that Kirby would draw the Justice League, elevating these stories to legendary status.
These of course are relevant to us, because this marks Jack Kirby’s final work on his Fourth World and New Gods characters for DC Comics. While it isn’t directly connected to the Fourth World continuity-wise, it is still one final opportunity to see Kirby working on some of his most beloved characters.
It is also Kirby’s only work on many of the core Justice League characters. The Super Powers comic is essentially just a Justice League book using a different name, after all.
Kirby provided the plot and drew the covers for Volume 1, which lasted 5 issues and was released in 1984. He also provide pencils for the second volume. Volume 2 lasted for 6 issues and was released in late 1985 and early 1986.
This work was done towards the very end of Kirby’s career, but it is always cool to see his work on the New Gods. A Volume 3 of Super Powers was later released, but it was not done by Kirby.
You can see my review of the series done by Kirby at the links below:
DC Comics recently began a new Super Powers comic book. The all ages mini-series is being done by Art Baltazar and Franco.
Hopefully, this is a sign that more of Kirby’s work is set to be released by DC Comics. A new edition of those Fourth World Omnibuses would be a great treat for fans. What do you think? Is a Super Powers collection a good idea? Or do you prefer the hardcover omnibus edition? Let me know your thoughts.