Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Prisoner "Monitor the World" by Jack Kirby

One of my favorite shows as a kid was The Prisoner.  It was weird and wonderful just like the awe-struck viewer, and I spent many a moment wishing the prisoner could be transformed into another 007/Flint/ Man from U.N.C.L.E. series, but I took what I could get.  Here's where I sound like a stick in the mud--I never imagined it as a comic, and after seeing the attempts by Jack Kirby and Gil Kane, I still don't.  The version of the FF as Prisoners of Doc Doom was incredible, but obviously not true to the show.  Having said all that, I love, LOVE this drawing from Kirby's unpublished The Prisoner.  First here as how I saw it as a preview in Steranko's Mediascene, then the pencils, then my attempt to draw out the pencil details with dark'n


  1. Wonder if anyone has the complete first issue (including the two-page spread)?
    Some if the story was inked, even more was lettered, but there are a number of pages only in pencil form.
    BTW, you can read the entire tale (scanned from 1st-generation photocopies, not original pencils like you have) here...

  2. Talk about yer amaz'n timing! Yes, somebody does have the complete story, and it was JUST ANNOUNCED that ComicLink Auctions will have it in their May auction. Gil Kane's complete prisoner story has been around for a while at Heritage Auctions