THE JAMMER (THE JAM)
Gordon Kirby whose costumed persona is “The Jammer” was created by Bernie Mireault and began as a loosely connected series of stories as a backup in New Triumph featuring Northguard published by Matrix Graphic Series. Other characters were 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.
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”. This book appears to wrap up the “Jammer” story.
Content novel & Cover book front & back:
To Get Her. Car., Bernie Mireault. BEM Graphics Comic Art and Design, Jan. 2012. Ltd. Edition 50/100.
Content novella & additions & Cover book cover wrap around by Bernie Mireault:
The Jam Urban Adventure: Super Cool Color-injected Turbo Adventure From Hell. Comico The Comic Company, 1, May 1988: Novella: “The Jam Urban Adventure.” Car., Bernie Mireault: 1-37. Portrait: “The Jam.” Illus, Joe Matt: 38. “Gordie? … Taking A Squirt Babe.” Illus., Matt Wagner: 39.
BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:
Content serial & Cover book front :
The Jam Special, 1-1, Car., Bernie Mireault. Matrix Graphic Series, 1987. The five stories from periodical New Triumph featuring Northguard collected in this book.
Published by Matrix Graphic Series.
Content serial back up story:
|New Triumph featuring Northguard …: “The Jam….” Car., Bernie Mireault. Black & white.|
|1-2, 1985: 1-8.
1-3, 1985: “…Fight, Fight, Fight”: 1-8.
|1-4, 1986: 1-9.||1-5, Summer 1986: 1-8.|
Published by Slave Labour Graphics:
Content serial & additions & Cover front Illus., Matt Wagner.
|The Jam Urban Adventure….: Car., Bernie Mireault. 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. Cover back Illus., Bernie Mireault.|
|2, Jan. 1990:1-24. Cover back Illus., Chadwick.||3, Mar. 1990: 1-26||5, Jan 1991: 1-26.|
|4, May 1990: 1-24. Includes panel “Science Fiction?!? Who’d Have Thunk It?!? Car., Ty Templeton & portrait “The Mighty Jan.” Illus., David Abu Bacha. Cover back Illus., Luc Giard.|
Published by Tundra Comics:
Content serial & Cover front illus., Bernie Mireault:
|The Jam Urban Adventure…: Car., Bernie Mireault. Colour interior. These five issues are colourized versions of the Slave Labour series.|
|1 of 5, Jan. 1992:1-24. Plus portrait; 25 & Cover back, Illus., Bernie Mireault:
2 of 5, Feb. 1992: 1- 24. Plus portrait Illus., Bernie Mireault: 25
3 of 5, Mar. 1992: 1-26. Plus portrait Illus., Bernie Mireault: 25
4 of 5, Apr. 1992: 1-24. Plus story:. “Fight! Fight! Fight!”: 25-32, a colourized version of a story that first appeared in New Triumph featuring Northguard, 1-3, 1985: 1-8. Cover back Illus., Bernie Mireault:
5 of 5, May 1992:1-26.
Published by Dark Horse Comics Inc:
Content serial & Cover front, Illus., Bernie Mireault.
|The Jam Urban Adventure…: “Said The Mad Man ….” Car., Bernie Mireault. Black & white. .interior). A continuation of the Slave Labour published series.|
|6, October 1993: “Chapter 1.”||7, March 1994: “Chapter 2.”||8, February 1995: “Chapter 3.”|
|Madman/Jam. Dark Horse Comics…: “House of Escher.” Co-car., Mike Allred & Bernie Mireault. Col., Laura Allred. Coloured.|
|1, July 1998:1-24.||2, August 1998: 1-24.|
Madman/Jam, 1of2, July 1989: Front: Illus., Mike Allred & Bernie Mireault. Back:: Illus., Bernie Mireault.
Madman/Jam, 2 of 2, August 1998: Front& back: Illus., Mike Allred & Bernie Mireault.
Published by Caliber Press,
Content serial & Cover front& back by Bernie Mireault:
|The Jam Urban Adventure. Car., Bernie Mireault. Black & white. A continuation of the Dark Horse published series.|
|9, 1995.||10, 1995||11, 1995||12,|
The Jam Urban Adventure, 13, 1996: “The Jam.” Writ., Jeff Lang. Illus., Bernie Mireault. Black & white. Cover front & back illus., Bernie Mireault.
The Jam Urban Adventure, 14, 1997.: “The Jam: The Kinetic.” Creat. & Writ., Jeff Lang. Illus., Bernie Mireault. Black & white. Cover front illus., Bernie Mireault.
BDQ Essays & Interviews On Quebec Comics.” Ed., Andy Brown. Conundrum Press, 2017: “Bernie Mireault: Well Worth Digging Into.” Writ., Mark Jetté: 60-65.
“Fight! Fight! Fight!” Car., Bernies Mireault. The Jam Special, 1, 1987: 14.
Gordon Kirby. Untitled. Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure, 1 of 5, January 1992: 25.
“The Jammer.” Illus., Bernie Mireault. The Jam Urban Adventure, 5 of 5, May 1992: Front Cover.