Here it is, the official authorized biography of the King! Yes, of course this is a lavishly illustrated oversize hardcover edition. It's author, Mark Evanier was the man closest to Kirby during the last two decades of his life and so was in a position to learn of many personal anecdotes that no other chronicler of Kirby's life would have had access to. Evanier's acccount of Kirby's life is not pretending to be a thorough, in-depth accounting of Kirby's life and art, full of penetrating analysis – we'll have to wait a bit longer for that one – but what we are given here of the story of Jack's life is a true wonder, and the reader is taken on a whirlwind tour. And, crucially, from a production and presentation standpoint, the creators of this volume have done an excellent job. The quality of the reproductions is top notch and the've made all the right printing decisions -- flat colors on flat, bright, low-reflective, heavyweight white stock. The book is filled with page after amazing page of full size reproductions of original art, as well as luscious reproductions of the comics themselves. This book is a real pleasure to go through. When all is said and done, this must be considered a book that no self-respecting comics fan can be without. And now, at this crazy deal price, no one needs to be.