Amongst Jack Kirby‘s unrealised early 1970s concepts for DC Comics was the romance magazine True-Life Divorce. One of the stories therein was entitled “The Model” and featured black characters (surprisingly, not so common back in 1971). Although the mag was canned, Kirby figured an all-black romance book might be the way to go and developed a title called Soul Love.
(Oddly enough, David Bowie was working on a song with the same title around this time, for his seminal Ziggy Stardust LP; there’s no connection whatsoever.)
This project was likewise put on ice; and neither have even been published in full. Too bad.
Anyhow… looking at Jack’s original, black and white cover concept the other day, I thought it might be fun to mock-up a complete, full-colour fantasy cover. And the result is below, alongside Kirby’s conceptual layout.