Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What If?! Jack Kirby played D&D!

It would look like this!

Some where, out there, in the depths of the Multiverse, there is an alternate reality where Gary Gygax was best buds with Jack "The King" Kirby!

In that wondrous world, True Believers, Kirby illustrated Dungeons & Dragons with all the majesty and hallucinatory phantasmagoric wonderment that only he was capable of!

Consider well, oh my brothers, (and Timeshadows), the mind expanding force of fantastic illustration, and think on what might have been the path of Dungeons & Dragons had this exotic world been ours!

I'm a bit punchy tonight. please forgive my hyperbolic hyperbole.



Timeshadows said...

Hi. :D

I'd like to go D-hopping with you, Palmer.
--You hit the interesting Realities. :D

Pulp Herb said...

Images didn't come up but I don't need them. I was working on a post about what I'd consider the seven core books every GM should have on his shelf and I knew I had to include some Jack Kirby and was just torn on what. My first love would be one of the collected New Gods volumes but I finally am going with the Essential Fantastic Four vol. 1.

E.G.Palmer said...

Well, TS, let me see where I left my Mother Box and Megarod, and I'll call us up a BoomTube!

Herb, all of Kirby's early giant monster stuff is great for idea mining too! For some reason, I can't get to the Jack Kirby museum and research site today, google it and you'll probably find it.

I also like the Timely/Atlas cover gallery.

Jeff Rients said...

I've long thought that second piece would make a super sweet screen panel.

Anonymous said...

In my mind's eye, the Space Aliens and their high-tech in CARCOSA are all illustrated by Jack Kirby.

E.G.Palmer said...

You know, guys, Bruce Timm does an excellent Jack Kirby immitation. He's really got the pencils down with all of Kirby's style points.

I've though before that if I had the funds available, I'd love to get him to do some retro-Kirby D&D art. Consider Emirikol the Chaotic, or A Paladin in Hell as rendered by Jack Kirby!

Anonymous said...

I want to dungeon crawl on Apokolips.

Doc Thompson said...

Jack the Overated King of Comics