The festive season is almost upon us and to celebrate Kirby-Vision is proud to present some illustrative gifts from regular contributors Marc Basille (above) and Renato Stevanato. Happy Holidays folks!
Today marks the 97th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth and to celebrate KIRBY-VISION proudly presents our annual portrait gallery in honour of ‘The King of Comics’.
A huge thank you to all the artists who took the time to contribute to today’s Birthday celebration. And of course a huge thank you to Jack Kirby for his continuing inspiration.
Long live The King!
This week at Kirby-Vision we will be featuring the inking artistry of Doug Hazlewood as he takes on the challenge of inking “The King”. First up, Captain America from Tales of Suspense #59. Doug writes, “I did not ink everything exactly the same and made the bricks less mechanical looking and fiddled with his face some (mainly his eyes). At first they were too George Tuska-looking and I touched them up some more. The original eyes just kind of ‘bug’ me a bit. I love Kirby and Stone and I don’t think this Cap figure was the most ‘Chic’ looking, but it is a cool splash. I didn’t want it to be just a straight recreation. Everything is hand-inked that is black on here.”
Today marks the 96th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth and to celebrate KIRBY-VISION proudly presents our annual portrait gallery in honour of ‘The King of Comics’.
Craig writes, “I’m more a writer than an artist, so I took one of my favorite pieces of Jack’s work and … well, rewrote it.” – Click Image to enlarge.
Also joining in the Birthday celebrations with non-portrait pieces:
And finally, Italian Renato Stevanato gifted not one but five portraits which will form part of his own celebratory post at his blog, cartoonstherapy.
A huge thank you to all the artists who took the time to contribute to today’s Birthday celebration, making it our biggest portrait gallery ever. And of course a huge thank you goes out to Jack Kirby for his continuing inspiration. Long live The King!
Ladies and Gentlemen, please be upstanding for the amazing artwork of Italian artist Renato Stevanato, whose Forever Fans blog is a one-man love-letter to the King of Comics. Here we present just a taster of the wealth of tribute art that can be found at the blog. KIRBY-VISION heartily recommends all of our readers to take the time to visit this unique project.
And finally Renato has gifted this last piece to this very blog. Renato, we are truly honored.
Many thanks to French artist, Oliver Hudson, for these Kirby cover re-creations. Above, you will find Oliver’s version of Fantastic Four #82 using his own (yet to be published) characters. Below, Oliver provides colours to a Erik Larsen inked Captain America #193 cover. Sterling work I’m sure you’ll agree. You can find more of Oliver’s artwork at his Facebook page, here.
We round off a week of guest posts from Steve Coates with some of Steve’s own artwork, rendered in Copic Sketch Markers on marker board, “Everyone should recognize the iconic Jack Kirby images used for inspiration”.
Steve is an active member of the Jack Kirby Museum. He has provided logistics and physical support in bringing the awareness of Jack Kirby’s contribution to Pop Culture and Jack’s insurmountable influence on the comic industry. Although Museum Trustee Rand Hoppe has travelled to the major Alberta show (Calgary Expo), Steve has assumed the duties for exhibiting on behalf of the Jack Kirby Museum at the minor and intermediate shows within Alberta, Canada.
Our second post this week courtesy of Steve Coates.
All the photos are from the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. The Galactus Costumer photograph is from the 2012, but he was by the Jack Kirby Museum booth again this year. All the other photos were taken from the 2013 booth and are of attendees walking by. Except for the Captain America Costumer, he was invited into the booth, so the display posters could be used as a background.