JAMMER

THE JAMMER  (THE JAM)

Gordon Kirby whose costumed persona is “The Jammer” began as a loosely connected series of stories in the back of New Triumph featuring Northguard. These were collected into The Jam Special (1987) about the time Matrix ceased operations. From the advertisement in the back, it’s clear that Matrix Graphic Series intended to continue “The Jam” as a bimonthly periodical. Instead it was picked up in 1988 by Comico as a full length colour story in what appears to be a single publication The Jam: Super Cool Color Injected Turbo Adventure From Hell.

There was another pause until 1989 when Slave Labour Graphics in San Jose California. began a bimonthly periodical again with black and white interior This run persisted for five issues ending in January 1991.

After another hiatus, until January 1992 when Tundra Publishing picked up the title and printed a five issue series. It contained colourized versions the five Slave Labour interiors and added different covers. This series ended in May 1992. Again there was a lull then the title was picked up by Dark Horse Comics Inc. who began with issue 6, October 1993, although Dark Horse clearly states this is their first issue. It appears that Dark Horse was picking up where Slave Labour left off. Under Dark Horse the title returned to black & white interiors. This association lasted to issue 8, February 1995 at which time the title transferred to Caliber Comics who continued the numbering sequence beginning with issue 9, and continued to publish it till issue 14, 1997. Both issues 13 and 14 were written by Jeff Lang and only illustrated by Mireault. In issue 13 “The Jammer” seems to have only a supporting role and issue 14 has almost nothing to do with him. “The Jammer” returned to Dark Horse Comics Inc. for a two issue combination Madman/Jam July and August 1998. A fourteen year hiatus followed until 2012 when Mireault brought out the novel To Get Her which focused on Gordon Kirby’s life and issues after he stopped being “The Jammer”.

Other characters: Janet, Kirby’s life companion who wants him to stop the silliness with the costume; Harvey, Kirby’s pet dog and close companion; Jane Marble, tough detective who hires The Jammer for odd jobs, and Satan.

MEDIUM:

BOOK GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Book:

Front & Back: Ill., Bernie Mireault. To Get Her. BEM Graphics Comic Art and Design, Jan. 2012.

Wraparound: Illus, Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure: Super Cool Color-injected Turbo

Adventure From Hell.1, May 1988. Comico The Comic Company.

Content:

Novel:

To Get Her. Car., Bernie Mireault. BEM Graphics Comic Art and Design, Jan. 2012. Ltd. Edition 50/100.

Novella:

“The Jam Urban Adventure.” Car., Bernie Mireault. The Jam: Super Cool Color-injected Turbo  Adventure From Hell.1, May 1988: 1-37.

Portrait:

“The Jam.” Illus., Joe Matt. The Jam Urban Adventure: Super Cool Color-injected Turbo Adventure From Hell.1, May 1988: 38.

“Gordie? … Taking A Squirt Babe.” Illus., Matt Wagner. The Jam Urban Adventure: Super Cool Color- injected Turbo Adventure From Hell.1, May 1988: 39.

BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

Cover:

Book:

Front: Illus, Bernie Mireault. The Jam Special, 1-1, Matrix Graphic Series, 1987.

Serial:

The Jam Special, 1-1, Car., Bernie Mireault. Matrix Graphic Series, 1987. See below for the five stories from New Triumph featuring Northguard collected in this book.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Back: Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure. 1, Nov. 1989. Slave Labor Graphics.

Back: Illus., Chadwick. The Jam Urban Adventure. 2, Jan. 1990.Slave Labor Graphics

Back: Illus., Luc Giard. The Jam Urban Adventure. 4, May. 1990.Slave Labor Graphics

 

Front: Illus., Matt Wagner. The Jam Urban Adventure. Slave Labor Graphics.
1, Nov. 1989. 2, Jan. 1990. 3, March 1990 4, May. 1990.

Front & Back: Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure. 1 of 5, Jan. 1992 Tundra Publishing.

Front: Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure. Tundra Publishing.
2 of 5, Feb. 1992. 3 of 5, March 1992 4 of 5, April 1992. 5 of 5, May 1992.
Front: Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure.Dark Horse Comics Inc.
6, October 1993. 7, March 1994. 8, February 1995.
Front: Ill., Bernie Mireault The Jam Urban Adventure. Car., Caliber Comics .
9, 1995. 10, 1995 11, 1995 12, 13,1996 14, 1997

Front: Illus., Mike Allred & Bernie Mireault. Madman/Jam, 1of2, July 1988. Dark Horse Comics Inc.

Back: Illus., Bernie Mireault. Madman/Jam, 1of 2, July 1988. Dark Horse Comics Inc.

Front& Back: Illus., Mike Allred & Bernie Mireault. Madman/Jam, 2 of 2, August 1988. Dark Horse

Comics. .

Content:

Panel:

“Science Fiction?!? Who’d Have Thunk It?!? Car., Ty Templeton. The Jam Urban Adventure. 4, May 1990 Slave Labor Graphics.

Portrait:

Untitled. Illus., Bernie Mireault, The Jam Urban Adventure. 1 of 5, Jan. 1992: 25. Tundra Publishing.

Untitled. Illus., Bernie Mireault, The Jam Urban Adventure. 2 of 5, Feb. 1992: 25. Tundra Publishing.

Untitled Illus., Bernie Mireault, The Jam Urban Adventure. 3 of 5, Mar.. 1992: 27. Tundra Publishing.

“The Mighty Jan.” Illus., David Abu Bacha. The Jam Urban Adventure. 4, May 1990. Slave Labour

Graphics,

Serial:

“The Jam….” Car., Bernie Mirault. New Triumph featuring Northguard, Matrix Graphic Series. (Black

& white interior)

. 1-2, 1985: 1-8. “…Fight, Fight, Fight.” 1-3, 1985: 1-8. 1-4, 1986: 1-9. 1-5, Summer 1986: 1-8.
The Jam Urban Adventure. Car., Bernie Mireault. Slave Labor Graphics. (Black & white interior)
1, Nov. 1989: 1-24. The last 13 pages of The Jam Special, 1-1, constitute pages 1-13 in this issue.
2, Jan. 1990:1-24. 3, Mar. 1990: 1-26 4, May 1990: 1-24 5, Jan 1991: 1-26.
The Jam Urban Adventure. Car., Bernie Mireault. Tundra Publishing Ltd., (Colour interior)
1 of 5, Jan. 1992:1-24.

2 of 5, Feb. 1992: 1- 24

3 of 5, Mar. 1992: 1-26

4 of 5, Apr. 1992: 1-24.

5 of 5, May 1992:1-26. These five issues are a colourized version of the Slave Labour series.
“Said The Mad Man ….” The Jam Urban Adventure. Car., Bernie Mireault. Dark Horse Comics Inc. (Black & white interior)
“Chapter 1”: 6, Oct. 1993. “Chapter 2”: 7, Mar. 1994. “Chapter 3”: 8, Feb.1995.
The Jam Urban Adventure. Car., Bernie Mireault. Caliber Comics. (Black & white interior)
9, 1995. 10, 1995 11, 1995 12,

“The Jam.” Writ., Jeff Lang. Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure,13,1996 Caliber Comics. (Black & white interior)

The Jam: The Kinetic.” Creat. & Writ., Jeff Lang. Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure, 14, 1997. Caliber Comics . (Black & white interior)

“House of Escher.” Co-car., Mike Allred & Bernie Mireault. Col., Laura Allred. Madman/Jam. Dark Horse Comics. (Coloured interior.)
1, July 1998:1-24. 2, August 1-24.

Story:

“Fight! Fight! Fight! Car., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure. 4 of 5, Apr. 1992: 25-32.

Tundra Publishing Ltd. This story is a colourized version of one that first appeared in New Triumph featuring Northguard, 1-3, 1985: 1-8.

SOURCE:

Book text:

Bernie Mireault: Well Worth Digging Into.” Writ., Mark Jetté. BDQ Essays & Interviews On Quebec Comics.” Ed., Andy Brown. Conundrum Press, 2017: 60-65.

GALLERY:

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“Fight! Fight! Fight!” Car., Bernies Mireault. The Jam Special, 1, 1987: 14.

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Gordon Kirby. Untitled. Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure, 1 of 5, January 1992: 25.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON J\Jammer, The Jam, 5 of 5, May 1992, fc.jpg

“The Jammer.” Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure, 5 of 5, May 1992: Front Cover.