Aah, remember when there were still some comics that were FUN to read? I thought that was why they called them "comics" in the first place! I keep telling people that with all the trouble Warner Bros. is having making a decent Superman movie, maybe they should consider putting Goody Rickels in the next one. But whenever I say that, they just look at me with this blank stare, like they think I'm crazy or something -- or they have no idea what the hell I'm talking about. Can you believe it? Damn peasants! They're obviously not Kirby fans!
I don't know who's Goody Rickels but he share some likeness with our Tom Kraft!
Yikes! I'm not sure how Tom will react to being compared to Goody Rickels--!
Krackles, Goody was the Kirby-created double of comedian Don Rickles (shown in the photograph on this cover), who guest-starred in issues 139 and 141 of JIMMY OLSEN (issue 140 was an all-reprint issue with no Kirby material). If you've ever seen Don Rickles' comedy routines, you'll know how abrasive he could be -- but in a very funny way. Goody was the same, but amplified and exaggerated tenfold, so that he was very UNfunny to the people he encountered, but outrageously amusing to the reader! If that's a little too hard to imagine, all I can say is that you'll have to read the issues to see what I'm talking about. If you can't find the originals, look for DC's excellent reprint edition, JIMMY OLSEN: ADVENTURES BY JACK KIRBY, volume one, from 2003. Both issues are reprinted therein. And while you're at it, pick up volume two as well, which contains the second half of Jack's legendary JIMMY OLSEN run. Trust me, both books are well worth the money!
Thanks John, I'm familiar with Goody Rickles the character but I had no first-hand knowledge about the real person that inspired Kirby.
Super job Tom and Mike! A fun cover