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