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