1966 – Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby was born 98 years ago today. It’s a good day to re-visit some of your favorite Kirby work, or even to explore some of his work with which you’re unfamiliar. Make today Kirby Day!
The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is a fantastic organization that helps comic book creators in need. Since 2012, Jack Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian Kirby has run the Kirby4Heroes campaign to raise funds for The Hero Initiative in Jack’s name on his birthday. This year, her goal is to raise $20,000.
Comic shops around the US are participating by offering percentages of their sales today to the cause. In that spirit, we will share 50% of the proceeds from the sale of any of our t-shirts today on our web store with Kirby4Heroes.
Click on the shirts below to be taken to their sales page.
Very limited sizes on these two:
To donate directly online, visit The Hero Initiative at heroinitiative.org (and be sure to type “Kirby4Heroes” in the space for “special instructions”).
Wake Up And Draw is project where comic artists spend the day creating art that will then be auctioned off to benefit Kirby4Heroes and The Hero Initiative. Follow #WakeUpAndDraw on Twitter and Instagram to see what everyone comes up with.
An Apocalypse In The Valley
The largest exhibit to date of Jack Kirby original art the US, titled “Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World Of Jack Kirby,” is being shown at CSUN in Northridge, California. If you can, stop by! If you can’t, there are some photos here on curator Charles Hatfield’s blog.
Our own KIRBY-VISION blog has published an awesome Jack Kirby portrait gallery today.
Long Live The King.
Comic Book Apocalypse – a three month long exhibit of Jack Kirby’s work – opens today, 24 August 2015, in the Main Gallery at California State University at Northridge. Curated by professor Charles Hatfield, author of Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, and a member of the Jack Kirby Museum’s newly minted Advisory Board, the show is the largest exhibit of Kirby work to date in the United States.
Comic Book Apocalypse contains over 100 pages of original Jack Kirby art – mostly later DC work (Kamandi, New Gods, Forever People, and Demon), but there will be examples of Kirby’s Marvel and Golden Age 40s and 50s works, too. One room will be devoted to the original art for the complete Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth #14 story, “Winner Take All!” with ink and lettering art by Mike Royer. The Kirby Museum provided three interactive iPad displays containing items from our digital archive that will be displayed throughout the exhibit, as well as other items and support.
There is a public reception on Saturday, 29 August 29 from 7-9pm, a gallery talk at 10am on August 31st and a panel discussion at 1pm on September 26th.
Jack and Roz Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian Kirby has launched her Kirby4Heroes campaign for 2015. Kirby4Heroes raises funds for The Hero Initiative, which helps comic book creators who have fallen on hard times.
Learn more about Kirby4Heroes at this LA Times article, this Nerdist article, and Jillian’s own YouTube video:
You guessed it! The Jack Kirby Museum is getting booth 5520 ready for Preview Night tonight.
Will we have new merchandise? Of course! Check out these great new shirts…
..and if you’re not attending the San Diego show, clicking on each shirt above will give you the opportunity to buy them right here, right now! Please allow us some time to return from California to ship them to you.
There’s more news, but we’ll spill the beans in another post.
If you’re going to Special Edition: NYC this weekend, stop by table 938, which we’re sharing with Arlen Schumer. We’ll have our T-Shirts and our huge, limited-edition, signed-and-numbered prints of Tom Morehouse’s “The Power-Packed Marvel Art of Jack Kirby” collage for sale.
The Jack Kirby Museum is proud to have participated in a new exhibit “Jack Kirby, le super-créateur” that is being shown at the 42nd Festival de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. Sponsored by 9eArt+ and Urban Comics, curators Frédéric Manzano and Jean Depelley have pulled together a wonderful selection of Kirby work, which includes almost 100 images from the Kirby Museum’s Original Art Digital Archive.
To celebrate this outstanding exhibit, the Kirby Museum’s Tom Kraft and Rand Hoppe will attend the festival. We understand there is going to be a Jack Kirby panel discussion. More news as it it comes in.
Jack & Roz Kirby with a beaming Stan Taylor in Thousand Oaks, California, 1989.
I recently learned of the 18th December passing of avid Jack Kirby fan and scholar Stan Taylor. Stan was an active participant in the email discussion groups devoted to Kirby that started up in the late 1990s. He contributed articles and letters to TwoMorrows’ Jack Kirby Collector and data to its Jack Kirby Checklist. He’d also been published in the Jack Kirby Quarterly. While his most known work may be the essay “Spider-Man: The Case For Kirby”, where he analyzes the early Spider-Man comics, Stan’s magnum opus is certainly his 900+ page biography of Jack Kirby. He and I made a few attempts at serializing it here on the Kirby Museum’s web site, but we were foiled by the logistics of doing so. Some excerpts were eventually published on Rob Steibel’s Kirby Dynamics blog. I’m glad I was able to spend some time with Stan in person – the last time was in 2007, visiting a comic shop and sharing a meal with Rob Steibel in Orlando, Florida. It’s a laugh-filled memory I’ll cherish. Stan is survived by his wife of 42 years, Annabelle. Rest in Peace.
– Rand Hoppe
Jack Kirby with Annabelle & Stan Taylor Thousand Oaks, California, 1989.
Jack Kirby’s time in military service during World War Two had a powerful effect on him, which was evident in his work. Over on Marvel.com, Neal Kirby shares some stories and photographs.
The big news is the title of this entry, and we currently don’t know much more than the released statement,
“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”
and a nice comment from Mark Evanier that he feels Jack and Roz would be “real, real, real happy.”
We at the Kirby Museum were asked for an official comment by the Washington Post, and here is what we sent:
“The trustees of the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center are delighted with the out-of-court settlement arrived at today between the Kirby Family and Marvel/Disney. As an entity dedicated to promoting the study, understanding, preservation and appreciation of the work of Jack Kirby, we view this as a day of vindication for Jack as an artist and writer of extraordinary talent who literally shaped an industry through the force of his imagination. Although Jack cannot be here to witness this historic moment, we know that, somewhere out there in the cosmos, he is smiling a humble smile of satisfaction at this long-awaited outcome.”
Jillian Kirby is honoring what would have been her grandfather Jack Kirby’s 97th birthday with her Kirby4Heroes campaign, which raises donations for the Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, offering assistance to artists and writers.
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