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.
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.
We’re thrilled to be participating in Made in the Lower East Side‘s (miLES) Storefront Transformer project, which will turn one empty storefront into seven unique stores for one week at a time later this year. Sure, we’ve been raising money for our own pop-up on the Lower East Side, but as we explored the neighborhood, we met the good folks at miLES. In keeping with their mission to open underused storefronts to new possibilities by creating short-term, multi-use spaces as community hubs, miLES offered us the week of November 4-10 at no charge to try our pop-up Kirby Museum concept. Thus, Prototype: Alpha was born!
Prototype: Alpha is just what we need to be able to test our three month pop-up idea, with minimal risk! Please understand that donations to miLES’ Kickstarter are not direct donations to the Kirby Museum and the funds we have already raised via our Pop-Up Campaign for the Brick & Mortar fund will not be used for Prototype: Alpha. However, most of the revenue we take in during our week WILL in turn be placed in the Brick & Mortar Fund!
We are incredibly excited to be a part of this project, and we have some fun and unique events planned for our week on the Lower East Side. Go check out the miLES’ Kickstarter campaign, for some awesome Jack Kirby rewards we’ve made available to help them and explore some of the other incredible other pop-ups that your donation will help fund. We’ll see you there!
Jack Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian, daughter of Neal and Connie Kirby, has fired up her Kirby4Heroes campaign again this year to honor what would have been her grandfather’s 96th birthday. Here’s Jillian’s video:
Jillian has recruited comic book stores around the country to donate some of the proceeds from their 28 August sales to The Hero Initiative. Meanwhile, The Hero initiative has recruited more than 40 artists to “Wake Up and Draw” a birthday card to Jack next Wednesday. The art will be viewable at ComicArtFans.com and will be auctioned off to support the charity at a later date.
Jillian says, “I started the Kirby4Heroes campaign as a way to connect with my grandfather, who died the year before I was born. I’ve grown so much closer to him through my endeavors in this area. I have to admit I’m astounded by him as an artist, family member, and just as a kind human being. Raising funds for those in the comic book industry in need of financial and medical assistance is a cause my grandfather Jack would have championed. He never turned his back on a person in need.”