“2001: A Space Odyssey” Comics

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Basic info
Author: Jack Kirby
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: 10
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Published: 1976 – 1977

“2001: A Space Odyssey”


The oversized single-issue adaptation “2001: A Space Odyssey” is an American comic book based on the movie and the novel released in 1968. It was made by Jack Kirby and published by Marvel Comics in 1976. It’s around double the size of a normal comic book.

The comics extend ideas of the movie and the novel versions of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The storyline of the comic series is similar to the movie. However, Kirby made tweaks and adopted some parts of the novel and scripts that weren’t used in the final movie.

The film director Stanley Kubrick intended his “2001: A Space Odyssey” to be visual and audio experiences. On the other hand, the comic versions have different tastes. Kirby took images from the movie while he took texts from the novel version. He also added more dialogues of his own creation. Kirby illustrated characters in his style. For example, Kirby used narrative captions to explain what is in the minds of characters.

The production work of the comic consisting of 72 pages lasted 4 weeks or so. Frank Giacoia inked, John Costanza lettered and Kirby and Marie Severin colored.

The treasury edition has the additional article “2001: A Space Legacy” consisting of 10 pages by David Anthony Kraft.

Major hits and generating ideas for new comic

The comic was a great hit and Marvel Comics requested Kirby to create the series. Kirby thought it’s not a good idea to make the series, but gradually accepted to work on it. The monthly series consisting of 10 issues with the same title “2001: A Space Odyssey” was published by Marvel Comics between 1976 and 1977.

The storyline follows the one for the movie version until issue 6. Kirby starts adding his original stories from issue 7. Star Child is called “New Seed” in the comic version. New Seed goes around space and finds sufferings among people. New Seed explores the future of humanity on another planet.

A X-51 robot character, Mister Machine and the inventor, Dr. Abel Stack also appear in later stages of the series. Kirby changed the name from Mister Machine, and made his own comic series, “Machine Man” which was published by Marvel Comics in 1978.

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