Doctor DC Podcast | Issue #232 – “King Kirby” (w/ Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente)
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Issue #232 – “King Kirby” (w/ Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente)

Issue #232 – “King Kirby” (w/ Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente)

In this week’s episode we are talking all about Jack Kirby with Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente, the playwrights behind the new King Kirby audio drama, based on their play of the same name! We talk Jack Kirby’s life, career, and answer your questions about the King of Comics and his DC work!

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Intro Music by Aaron Barry

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SHOW NOTES (courtesy of Josh Gill)

Meet Crystal and Fred

(1:00) The audio drama

(1:58) What made Crystal and Fred need to tell the story of Jack Kirby?

(7:21) Finding the authentic Kirby voice.

(9:56) Navigating the lack of visuals.


King Kirby

(15:44) Why was OMAC his best work that was never finished?

(19:18) Elaborate on why Kirby does not get as much credit for his Marvel work.

(29:41) Favorite Kirby creation at either Marvel or DC?

(35:58) Were there some editing shenanigans around The Hunger Dogs?

(41:34) The mythological influences in Jack’s work.  

(46:18) What is the best entry point to the New Gods?

(50:05) Has DC overused the Fourth World concept?

(56:56) Who is the better son?  Orion or Mister Miracle?

(1:00:35) How much did Kirby’s military service inform his creativity?


Guess the Character!

(1:05:33) Ginger


Recommended Reading & Viewing

DC Graphic Novel Vol 1 004 – The Hunger Dogs

Forever People Vol 1

Mister Miracle Vol 1 001

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen Vol 1 134



Crystal Skillman (Website) (Twitter) (Instagram)

Fred Van Lente (Website) (Twitter)

Jack Kirby 



King Kirby (Audio Drama)

King Kirby (Play)

King Kirby (Twitter) (Instagram)


Characters, Places, Things

Darkseid (PreFlashpoint) (Current)

Etrigan the Demon (PreFlashpoint) (Current)

Forever People (PreFlashpoint) (Current)

Granny Goodness (PreFlashpoint) (Current)

Hunger Dogs

Lightray (PreFlashpoint) (Current)

Mister Miracle (PreFlashpoint) (Current)

New Gods 

OMAC (PreFlashpoint) (Current)

Orion (PreFlashpoint) (Current)

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