Jack Kirby combined his own ideas about a dystopian future with an exploitation effort derived from the popular Planet of the Apes movies, and created Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth.
His name is derived from the hidden military installation ("Command-D") where the boy was raised by an elderly grandfather killed by a roving animal pack searching for loot. Made homeless and full of questions about the strange world he is now a part of, Kamandi roams Kirby's land of talking animals and their constant state of internecine warfare.
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Kamandi #20, Aug 1974
Jack Kirby took the fear in 20th century visions of technology and worked out the answer to machines who no longer serve humans - - they just keep on going, like robotic clocks.
Jack Kirby's "Murdering Misfit" Splash Page 1973
Jack Kirby splash page from Kamandi #9, Sept 1973. See enlarged.
Brave and the Bold #120, 1976
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Kamandi and the Red Baron
Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth #22, October 1974
Jack Kirby cover to Kamandi #9
Kirby (in issue 9 of Kamandi) explored the rituals of the landing of astronauts "Splash Down".
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Kamandi #20, DC Comics cover dated August 1974
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Jack Kirby "The Murdering Misfit"
From Kamandi #9, Sept 1973. See the entire page.
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