Jack Kirby’s Elusive Comic The Prisoner Finally Released By Titan Comics

by Oliver MacNamee

As well as a new comic book series based on The Prisoner cult TV show from one of my favourite writers, Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Kid Lobotomy), and artist Colin Lorimer (The Hunt, Harvest), Titan Comics have just announced that they will be reprinting Jack Kirby’s comic of the same name, and something of a Holy Grail amongst comic book aficionados. And, alongside the 17 page strip, Kirby gets a little help from Gil Kane too, as his and Steve Englehart’s 18 pager is also included in this oversized hardback.

In July, Titan Comics will publish an art-sized, hardcover collection of Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Steve Englehart’s long-lost, previously unpublished The Prisoner comic strips based on the cult classic.

This special oversized collectors edition will contain the entire 17 page Jack Kirby strip, the first six pages of which were inked and lettered by Mike Royer, as well as 18 pages of pencils drawn by legendary comic artist Gil Kane.

In addition to reprinting these rare pages, this collection also features unmissable bonus archive material including facsimiles of the original script as written by Steve Englehart.

The Prisoner celebrated it’s 50th anniversary here in the UK throughout last year, but this year sees the 50th anniversary of it’s first broadcast over in the US in 1968. If you know anything about the series and the long elusive comic, then I dare say this will be a must for you. It is for me, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it this summer.

You may want to bring this to the attention of your own LCBS to ensure you don’t miss out on this treasury edition. For now, take a look at the cover to this hardback edition as well as some of the forthcoming covers for the aforementioned Milligan and Lorimer sequel.

And, as an extra bonus, I thought I’d throw in a couple of those Kirby pages too! All as preview if you like, but don’t say we don’t go that extra mile to spoil you!

Be seeing you!

Cover A Mike and Laura Allred
Cover D Colin Lorimer
Cover E John McCrea

The Prisoner: Jack Kirby And Gil Kane Art Edition (ISBN: 97817858662878) will be published by Titan Comics.