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Kirby 100 Print Series Release at the Five Points Festival

The Kirby Museum is pleased to release our first set of prints celebrating Jack Kirby’s centenary. To start the series we have digitally remastered and restored the Tribes Trilogy paintings. The Trilogy was drawn, inked and colored by Jack Kirby. Prints will be on display and for sale at our booth (#445) during this weekend’s Five Points Festival on NYC’s Lower East Side. Prints cost $60.00 each or all 3 with the same series number for $200.00. Prints will be for sale soon on our website.

More about the prints:

  • This first set is limited to an edition of 50 with the first 10 numbers held in reserve
  • Each print has the Kirby 100 logo and an embossed Kirby Museum logo
  • Prints are 18 x 24 inches
  • Printed as high resolution Giclée using Epson UltraChrome HD pigment inks
  • Paper is Epson Hot Press Natural, Smooth Fine Art heavy weight (16mm) paper and is archival, acid-free, 100% cotton fiber
  • Each print is packaged in a 1mm resealable archival mylar sleeve

These prints were remastered from high resolution scans of the original art held in our Kirby Digital Archive. Colors were enhanced to match as closely as possible the original Dr. Ph. Martin ink colors used by Kirby. For example, some of the edges of the art showed the bright colors of the original colors because they had been protected from fading by being under mats or frames. The biggest challenge was the Lizard print. The edges were bright pink however the rest had faded. Restoring the pink gave this print impact.

Tom Kraft

All sales will benefit the museum in our ongoing efforts to study, preserve, and publicize the work of Jack Kirby.

Tribes Trilogy: Kabuto

Tribes Trilogy: Woman

Tribes Trilogy: Lizard

Jack Kirby: Pencils And Inks from the Kirby Museum and IDW!

Just a few weeks ago, the Kirby Museum’s co-production with IDW – with thanks to the Kirby Estate, DC Comics, and Mike Royer – a book titled “Jack Kirby: Pencils and Inks” was released to comics specialty shops. As far as we can tell, it’s a smash!

“Jack Kirby: Pencils And Inks” presents Kirby’s first Demon, Kamandi, and OMAC stories, with the photocopies of his pencil art alongside the original art as inked and lettered by Mike Royer. Royer and Lisa Kirby provide illuminating essays.

Thanks to our incredibly talented and resourceful Tom Kraft, who designed and packaged the book, as well as IDW’s Scott Dunbier, this book represents the Jack Kirby Museum’s first work with a publisher, and is hopefully not the last.

We are now accepting orders for the limited Jack Kirby Museum edition of “Jack Kirby: Pencils and Inks.” The limited edition features a variant photo cover of Kirby drawing a Kamandi page. The rare photo was graciously provided by David Folkman. We have 100 copies of the limited edition, 50 of which have a tipped-in card signed by artist and inker Mike Royer.

All sales will benefit the museum in our ongoing efforts to study, preserve, and publicize the work of Jack Kirby.

NYCC: Kirby 100 Cosplay photo, Sunday 1pm!

Are you cosplaying a Jack Kirby created or co-created character at New York Comic-Con this Sunday? If so, we invite you to join us in commemorating Jack Kirby’s centennial birthday year with a photo shoot on Sunday, October 9th at 1pm.

We’ll choose a location as soon as we can, and will have more information at our booth #1040, here on our web page, and on the various social channels!

Here are some of the more well-known characters:

Captain America, Bucky, Red Skull, Boy Commandos, Newsboy Legion, Challengers of the Unknown, Groot, Fantastic Four (Especially Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing), Mole Man, Skrulls, Doctor Doom, Impossible Man, Alicia Masters, Puppet Master, Nick Fury, AIM, MODOK, The Watcher, Galactus, Silver Surfer, Wyatt Wingfoot, Black Panther, Thor, Hulk, Rick Jones, Ringmaster, Ant-Man, Wasp, X-Men (Prof. X, Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, Angel), Magneto, Blob, Toad, Inhumans (Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Maximus), Odin, Balder, Loki, Sif, Volstagg, Heimdall, Ego, Him, New Gods (Orion, Highfather, Metron, Lightray), Darkseid, Granny Goodness, DeSaad, Glorious Godfrey, Kalibak, Forever People (Mark Moonrider, Vykin, Beautiful Dreamer, Serifan, Big Bear, Infinity Man), Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Shilo Norman, Female Furies (Lashina, Stompa, Mad Harriet), Etrigan the Demon, OMAC, Princess Zanda, Mr. Little, Eternals (Ikaris, Ajax, Thena, Kro, Sersi, Zuras, Karkas, Reject, Sprite), Machine Man, Destroyer Duck, Captain Victory, Egghead, Lightning Lady, Goozlebobber, Silver Star, Darius Drumm,

New York Comic Con!

We’ll be set up at booth 1040 in the small press area (where the ceiling is low in the center of the main floor of the Javits Center).

On Friday, October 7th our Acting Executive Director Rand Hoppe will participate in the panel “Will Eisner / Jack Kirby : Two Centuries of Genius”  at 1:30PM in Panel Room 1B03 with host Danny Fingeroth, Paul Levitz (Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel), and Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts).

More to come!

Jack Kirby’s 99th birthday!

Here we go! Off to celebrating 100 years of Jack Kirby. What are we planning? Well, quite a bit, but none of it is solid enough to report!

So, instead, we offer this photo that Lisa Kirby recently shared on Facebook, with a little added color shenanigans:

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All Hail The King of Comics, Jack Kirby!

Our world would have been a much less interesting place without you!

New Print & T-Shirt editions at San Diego this year!

Get ready, all you San Diego comic-con Kirby fans! Come visit booth 5520, where we’re offering a new limited edition print – this time Kirby’s pencil art spaceman that he gave to fellow cartoonist Don Heck as a wedding present in 1966:

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AND a new edition of Dylan Todd’s “King”  t-shirt – this time with Dylan’s “MIracle” color scheme!

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The yellow and green ink are eye popping neon/day-glo/fluorescent ink, and, that’s right – we’re going to have some Ladies’ sizes!

The 25″ by 17″ Spaceman print will sell for $50 – and there are only 30 in this edition. The Miracle King shirt will sell for $20.

We’ll also have the Black Galactic Head t-shirt, the Psychedelic Flyer long sleeve, the When It Is Spring Ladies v-neck, Foxhole posters, Scioli-Depelley “Pvt. Kirby” mini comic, and more!

If you have Kirby original art, Tom Kraft will be scanning at Bechara Maalouf’s Nostalgic Investments’ original art booth 4403. We appreciate you help building our Kirby Digital Archive!

See you there!

 

A Place Of Stubborn Confidence! Happy 4th!

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Here’s Jack Kirby’s pencil script and art for the final spread from the long form Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles, as it looked as it came off his drawing table. Too bad that sliver in the center didn’t get captured.

 

 

 

See “King Kirby” in Calgary!

Calgary, Alberta’s Sage Theatre is producing Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente’s play “King Kirby” – running at Pumphouse Theatres’ Victor Mitchell Theater from April 15-23!

Click here to learn more!

A Boy Commandos Christmas

Season’s Greetings from Simon & Kirby’s Boy Commandos

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From 1943’s “A Break For Santa” published in Detective Comics 71. With thanks to Bob Heer!

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