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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Off The Shelf: Jack Of Hearts

Jack Of Hearts #3The rogue hero character Jack of Hearts was written by Bill Mantlo and drawn by Keith Giffen (co-creator of DC's Lobo) in the early 1980's. Mantlo, a former NYC Public Defender, became a creative force in the 1980's creating the Jack Kirby inspired worlds of ROM and Micronauts.

Jack first appeared in the Marvel martial arts rag Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #22 and was also included in several successful cameos in Iron Man. He eventually starred in a self-titled, four issue limited series from January to April 1984 that traced Jack's alien origins off-world.

In the four issue series, it's revealed that Jack's parents, one human and one alien were each murdered and that Jack himself is a mutant. The limited series explores Jack's unique powers which involve projected concussive energy blasts, like Cyclops of the X-Men, plus a few technology based enhancements as a result of of his collaboration with Tony Stark.


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