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Hello Dolly

A look at the character of MISTER MIRACLE created by JACK KIRBY

Writer: Michael Mead                      Images: DC Comics & Sōsuke Tōka 

It's tempting to blame others for the burden they seem to place on you. True freedom is when you break that power and free yourself.

 

In Mister Miracle # 8 (June, 1972), published 50 years ago today, 16 March, 1972, Jack Kirby takes his avatar, Scott Free, further into the transformational journey of the human spirit. All that and appearances by the King's cosmic, murderous, roller girl, ex-girlfriends. Does it get any better than this? asks, Mead.

Look in the mirror, who do you see? Do you see who you are now, who you were then, who you will be, do you see yourself as others see you, others who wish you ill? In Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle # 8 (June, 1972), published 50 years ago today, 16 March, 1972, the King, yet again, provides us with a multi-levelled tale and takes us deep into ourselves in ‘The Battle of the Id.’

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MICHAEL MEAD is a 55-year-old New Zealand comic book collector, who likes to think he can do "contextual" commentary reviews of old comics, asking: "where does this story come from?", looking at the social, political, cultural times it came from, the state of the comics industry, the personal and creative journey of the writer or artist, the personal journey of the reader as a child and as an adult. 

As part of this, he is vain enough to think he can bring new insights into Kirby's Fourth World comics and so, on the 50th anniversary of publication of each issue of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Forever People, New Gods and Mister Miracle, he will publish a contextual commentary. This is his 39th of a projected 48 Fourth World commentaries (more than three quarters of the way there!). Check out his earlier entries on this blog and tell him to stop talking so pretentiously in the third person for God's sake!