Happy Birthday to the King!

Today is Jack ‘King’ Kirby’s birthday, the man who put the legend in legendary when it comes to comic book art.

Creator or co-creator of over three hundred major characters in his five decades in the comic industry, including such global cultural icons as the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the X-Men, Captain America, and Thor, Jack set the standard for pure imagination and unparalleled — and largely self-taught — ability, deftly leaping back and forth from every genre that existed in the medium, and with writer and Captain America co-creator Joe Simon, single-handedly responsible for the first romance comics, post-WW II.

There’s not much I can really add to the accolades that hasn’t been said hundreds or thousands of times over.  Without the magic Kirby brought to his work, and the inspiration he provided to later generations that would directly dovetail into my own creative experiences — by the time I was really digging into comics as a teen, Jack was producing his final works, and be for years before I had the chance to experience much of it first-hand– I wouldn’t be here today.

I’m going to just shut up and get out of the way, and let the man’s work speak far more eloquently for itself:

An unpublished page intended for DC's True Life Divorce, circa 1970-1971.

An unpublished page intended for DC’s True Life Divorce, circa 1970-1971.

inthedaysofthemob

Pencils from DC’s In The Days of the Mob, a crime magazine that was one of Kirby’s first works for DC Comics.

Source: The Jack Kirby Museum

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ff

Whenever I think of Kirby, it’s *always* the FF that comes to mind first.

surfer

bigbarda

ffcosmiccollage

Jack’s photo collages were revolutionary at the time when something like this wasn’t just a few simple mouse clicks.

groot

yourdreams

If a comic cost 10 cents, wonder what the going rate for a dream was?

Thanks for stopping by Public Domain!  And thanks, Jack, for a lifetime’s worth of fandom.

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1 Comment

  1. Kirby always makes me want to hide anything creative I’ve ever done.


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