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:
All Hail The King of Comics, Jack Kirby!
Our world would have been a much less interesting place without you!
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.
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!
Season’s Greetings from Simon & Kirby’s Boy Commandos
From 1943’s “A Break For Santa” published in Detective Comics 71. With thanks to Bob Heer!
Jean Depelley’s biography of Jack Kirby, titled “Jack Kirby, Le Super-Héros de la Bande Dessinée” was recently awarded Le Prix Papiers Nickeles SoBD for 2015. The prize, a joint project between SoBD, an annual comics fair in Paris, and Papiers Nickeles, a long running French cartoon and comics journal, acknowledges the best book on comics and graphic heritage.
Jean, a contributor to The Jack Kirby Collector and the Kirby Museum’s The Kirby Effect, as well as co-curator of the 2015 “Jack Kirby: King of Comics” display at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, spent at least five years researching and writing the extensive two-volume biography published by Neofelis Editions,
Jean Depelley at the Kirby display at Angoulême International Comics Festival, 2015.
Our efforts at the Jack Kirby Museum are made possible through your support. For example, we were able to host an event-filled three week Pop-Up Museum on New York City’s Lower East Side, just blocks from where Jack Kirby was born and raised.
With your help, we will be able to host more pop-ups, more events, and more exhibits that show the influence of Jack Kirby and his work in our culture today.
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.
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:
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.
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.”