Jack Kirby Art Exhibit – Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ 28 March – 16 May

“The Marvelous Art of Jack Kirby” will be exhibited by the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey from 28 March through 16 May 2010.

During the opening at 2pm on Sunday, 28 March, artist/instructor/collector (and Kirby Museum member) Charles David Viera will present a gallery talk where he will speak of the many contributions that Jack Kirby has made to American Pop Culture and offer insight to the artwork in the exhibition.

Below is a list of pieces being exhibited. The list is currently incomplete, though; some story page details need to be verified, a Fantastic Four page with ink art by Joe Sinnott is not included.

Stuntman: “Curtain Call for Death!” page 7, 1946
Story and script by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Lettering art by Howard Ferguson
First published: Stuntman Comics 2, June 1946 (Harvey Comics).

Bulls-Eye: “Grandma Tomahawk” page XX, 1954
Story and script by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Lettering art by Ben Oda.
First published: Bulls-Eye 5, April 1955 (Mainline Comics).

Sky Masters of the Space Force: “Mayday Shannon” strip 46, 1958
Story by Jack Kirby, Dick Wood and Dave Wood. Pencil Art by Jack Kirby. Ink art and lettering art by Wallace Wood.
First published: Sky Masters of the Space Force, 30 April 1959 (Adams Syndicate).

Two-Gun Kid: “The Outlaw” page XX, 1960
Story by Jack Kirby with Stan Lee. Pencil art by Jack Kirby. Script by Stan Lee. Ink art by Dick Ayers. Lettering art by XX.
First published: Two Gun Kid 55, August 1960 (Marvel Comics).

Fantastic Four: “The Micro-World of Doctor Doom!” page 12, 1963
Story by Jack Kirby with Stan Lee. Pencil art by Jack Kirby, Script by Stan Lee, Ink art by Dick Ayers. Lettering art by Artie Simek.
First published: Fantastic Four 16, July 1963 (Marvel Comics).

X-Men: “Enter, The Avengers” page 8, 1964
Story by Jack Kirby with Stan Lee. Pencil art by Jack Kirby, Script by Stan Lee, Ink art by Chic Stone. Lettering art by Sam Rosen.
First published: X-Men 9, January 1965 (Marvel Comics).

Thor: “The Grandeur and the Glory!” page 3, 1965
Story by Jack Kirby with Stan Lee. Pencil art by Jack Kirby, Script by Stan Lee, Ink art by Vince Colletta, Lettering art by Artie Simek.
First published: Journey Into Mystery 124, January 1966 (Marvel Comics).

Thor: “The Grandeur and the Glory!” page 5, 1965
Story by Jack Kirby with Stan Lee. Pencil art by Jack Kirby, Script by Stan Lee, Ink art by Vince Colletta, Lettering art by Artie Simek.
First published: Journey Into Mystery 124, 1966 (Marvel Comics).

Thor: “The Grandeur and the Glory!” page 11, 1965
Story by Jack Kirby with Stan Lee. Pencil art by Jack Kirby, Script by Stan Lee, Ink art by Vince Colletta, Lettering art by Artie Simek.
First published: Journey Into Mystery 124, 1966 (Marvel Comics).

Captain America: “The Secret!” page 6, 1966
Story by Jack Kirby with Stan Lee. Pencil art by Jack Kirby. Script by Stan Lee. Ink art by Frank Giacoia. Lettering art by Artie Simek.
First published: Tales of Suspense 86, February 1967 (Marvel Comics).

Captain America: “In The Name of Batroc!” page 7, 1968
Story by Jack Kirby with Stan Lee. Pencil art by Jack Kirby, Script by Stan Lee, Ink art by Dan Adkins. Lettering art by Sam Rosen.
First published: Captain America 105, September 1968 (Marvel Comics).

Forever People: “Super War” page XX, 1970
Story, script and pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art by Vince Colletta. Lettering art by John Costanza.
First published: Forever People 2, April 1971 (DC Comics).

Soul Love: “The Teacher!” page 6
Story, script and pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art by Vince Colletta. Lettering art by John Costanza.
Unpublished. Produced for Soul Love 1, 1971 (DC Comics).

Soul Love: “The Teacher!” page 7
Story, script and pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art by Vince Colletta. Lettering art by John Costanza.
Unpublished. Produced for Soul Love 1, 1971 (DC Comics).

Soul Love: “The Teacher!” page 8
Story, script and pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art by Vince Colletta. Lettering art by John Costanza.
Unpublished. Produced for Soul Love 1, 1971 (DC Comics).

In The Days of the Mob: “XX” page 6, 1971
Story, script and pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art and lettering art by Mike Royer.
Unpublished. Produced for In The Days of the Mob 2, 1972 (DC Comics).

Kamandi: “The Devil’s Arena” page 21, 1972
Story, script and pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art and lettering art by Mike Royer.
First published: Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth 4, March 1973 (DC Comics)

The Eternals: “The Devil In New York” page 14, 1976
Story, script and pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art by John Verpoorten. Lettering art by John Costanza.
First published: The Eternals 3, September 1976 (Marvel Comics).

Machine Man: “Quick Trick” page 1, 1978
Story, script and pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art and lettering art by Mike Royer.
First published: Machine Man 6, September 1978 (Marvel Comics).

Superman & Challengers of the Unknown: “Give Me Power, Give Me Your World!” page 15, 1985.
Story and script by Bob Rozakis. Pencil art by Jack Kirby. Ink art by Greg Theakston. Lettering art by John Costanza.
First published: DC Comics Presents 84, August 1985 (DC Comics).

Additional events hosted by the Hunterdon Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibit:

1 – a lecture titled “Appreciation of Comic Art” presented by Joseph Mannarino on Saturday, 10 April at 12 noon.

2 – Doug Baron will teach a Beginner Comic Book Illustration Class for adults (16 and over) April 19-May 17. `

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Kirby’s Hand-Lettered Street Code exhibited at MoCCA NYC 12 March – 30 May 2010

The Kirby Museum is pleased that a small version of Jack Kirby’s only solo-produced autobiographical story, “Street Code” (1983) is included in Keith Mayerson’s Neo-Integrity: Comics Edition exhibit at New York City’s MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art).

1983 - Street Code pages 1 & 2

1983 – Street Code pages 1 & 2

Neointegrity: Comics Edition is an exhibition curated by artist Keith Mayerson that includes over 210 cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and fine artists who work with the spirit and power of iconographic languages. With creators young and old, historic, currently famous, and soon-to-be-famous, the exhibition is also about the community and legacy of iconographic art and its ability to productively influence the world.

Originally conceived as a utopic attempt to begin an art movement, the first installment of the NeoIntegrity show was held in the summer of 2007 at Derek Eller Gallery in New York City. That show incorporated over 180 fine artists, with some cartoonists and illustrators mixed in to breach questions of high and low, rarified and pluralistic. NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition takes the proposal a step further, showing the relatability of creators harnessing the iconographic vehicle to express themselves and to tell stories for a culture to understand itself in order for it to become a better place.

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Celebrate Kirby! (It would have been Jack Kirby’s 92nd birthday today.)

There are many wonderful tributes around the web, I’ll see if I can pull together as many as I can. Stay tuned.

Jason’s KIRBY-VISION is offering a Kirby portrait gallery.

Harry’s Simon & Kirby blog has a nice cover gallery.

Bob’s Jack Kirby Comics blog has some links from around the web and blogiverse, as well.

Just as a fun celebratory gesture, a gallery of the scans of Kirby’s pencil artwork for his adaptation of the 2001: A Space Odyssey is open. Hope you enjoy!

Start here:

Or, here’s a sample:

 

“The Simon & Kirby Superheroes” is announced!

Titan Books has announced that in summer of 2010 it will publish 480 pages of Simon & Kirby superhero comics in a single volume. The massive volume will have a footprint of 11″ by 7-1/2″, which is smaller than “The Best of Simon & Kirby”, but otherwise will continue with the same production values.

Two notable inclusions are:

  1. An almost complete unpublished Stuntman story, “Stuntman Crowns a Jungle Lord.”
  2. Harry Mendryk’s restoration of 1953’s Captain 3-D to their original line art for a first time color publication

Congratulations and best wishes to Joe Simon, The Kirby Estate, Nick Landau, Steve Saffel and Harry Mendryk.

(Read the full release on Harry’s Simon & Kirby blog.)

Welcome to Jason Garrattley’s Kirby-Vision!

Previously known as The Kirby Project, KIRBY-VISION showcases creative work inspired by the art and concepts of Jack Kirby.

I became aware of Jason Garrattley’s The Kirby Project a few months ago during Michael Netzer’s Facebook Comic-Con. Wishing I could find the time to do something on the Museum’s site much like what Jason was doing, I invited him to run it on kirbymuseum.org. Thanks so much, Jason, for helping the Museum.

Now if only I could get this Drupal thing to pull in feeds from Jason’s, Bob’s and Harry’s blogs to the Museum’s home page in a way that I like….

Kirby Museum at Comic-Con International: San Diego!

I’ll be at the TwoMorrows booth (#1301) exchanging stickers for small donations, and will also have some of the membership-premium posters. Come by and talk Kirby!

Don’t forget Mark Evanier’s Kirby Tribute panel from 10:00-11:00 am on Sunday in Room 4.

Long-delayed MoCCA “thanks”

Just wanted to add my thanks to Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe, Harry Mendryk and Steve Saffel for their help manning the Museum’s table.

Special additional thanks to Harry for donating two copies of “The Best of Simon & Kirby”, signed by Joe Simon, Harry and Steve, that we raffled off at the end of each day.

Thanks to Greg Theakston for stopping by on Sunday with new additions to the Museum’s “bookstore”. Especially nice were the almost 20 copies of the second volume of Ferran Delgado’s/Glenat’s Spanish Sky Masters book. Greg spent some time manning the table as well.

Thanks to Harry Mendryk, Steve Saffel, Mike Cecchini, Allan Haverholm, Charles David Viera, Ken Wong, Jeffery Lazell, Jeremy Povolny, Jeffrey Lazell, Arlen Schumer, Gabriel Perez, Franklin Stockton, Nicholas Cacciola, and Charles Hatfield, who either newly joined the museum or renewed their membership at the show. This was the first time the Museum was in membership mode; I brought membership premiums (posters, the Street Code mini, and even some of TwoMorrows’ Deities Portfolio) and thanks to Paypal, was able to take credit cards.

Thanks to Lois Dilivio and zipcar for the help with the transportation between Hoboken and the Armory.

Meet Kirby Kinetics blogger Norris Burroughs

Norris sent me this biography:

Norris Burroughs was born in New York City. He began attempting to draw comics at age four, when he realized how much he enjoyed putting pictures in sequence in order to tell a story. Burroughs discovered Kirby when reading “Taboo, the Thing from the Murky Swamp” in Strange Tales #75. He then became fascinated with the continuity of Kirby’s fight scenes in Rawhide Kid. Picking up the first issue of the Hulk and subsequently the character’s appearance in Fantastic Four #12 clinched it. He was evermore a Kirby fanatic.

Burroughs is the illustrator of several book covers, including The Phillip K. Dick anthology. Most recently, he has written and drawn Voodoo Macbeth, published by Engine Comics.

He was recently profiled by the Marin Independent Journal .

Jack Kirby’s Street Code at MoCCA

As I said in my previous entry regarding the MoCCA Festival last weekend, it’s great to see artists at their tables with their comics, mini-comics, postcards and stickers. Not only did I fire up some Jack Kirby stickers to offer at the table, but I got the OK from Lisa Kirby to print a thirty mini-comic edition of her dad’s only solo-produced autobiographical story, “Street Code.”

2009 - Street Code minicomic cover

2009 – Street Code minicomic cover

In 1983, Jack Kirby was commissioned to produce an autobiographical story by Richard Kyle, an instrumental figure in comics in the United States. Richard published “Graphic Story World”, which is called a “semi-pro fanzine” in various places on the web. He and a partner also operated Wonderworld Books in Long Beach, California. (At some point Graphic Story World’s name was changed to Wonderworld.)

The point of the commission was for it not only to be an autobiographical tale, but it would also be reproduced directly from Kirby’s pencil art — not inked as it had always been. But, Kirby’s script was professionally lettered in ink on overlays.

  • In 1990, Richard published Street Code in the second issue of Argosy, with lettering by Bill Spicer.
  • In 2000, Street Code was presented in Jon B. Cooke’s and John Morrow’s book, Streetwise, with lettering by Ken Bruzenak.
  • In 2008, Mark Evanier included Street Code in his “Kirby, King of Comics” book, with Spicer’s Argosy lettering.

Within the last year or so, Kirby scholar Greg Theakston has gifted many of his Kirby papers to the Kirby Museum. Much of it still needs to be cataloged, but while browsing through a looseleaf notebook filled with photocopies of Kirby art, I discovered Street Code. What caught my attention was that these photocopies included Kirby’s own pencilled-in lettering.

As Street Code is a favorite of many, myself included, I thought this would be a great choice for a mini-comic to offer at the MoCCA festival. I’m sure only a handful of people have seen Kirby’s hand lettering. It’s rough, but authentic.

It’s a ten page story, so it easily fit into a twelve page booklet — leaving me to only have to produce a front and back cover. Again, James Romberger was a big help.

2009 - Street Code minicomic back cover

2009 – Street Code minicomic back cover

Again with the fund raising! The Museum offered Street Code as a premium for the $40 annual membership, just like the first level posters. We also offered it as a $10 add-on to memberships. Maybe I’ll get it hooked up into our Paypal membership form.

  • In 2009, the Kirby Museum published Street Code (all pencil version) in a thirty mini-comic edition, with Kirby’s own lettering.

    2009 - Street Code minicomic pages 9 and 10

    2009 – Street Code minicomic pages 9 and 10

Stickers and Mother Box at MoCCA

The great thing about the MoCCA Festival is seeing comicbook artists at their tables with their comics, mini-comics, postcards and stickers. The publishers’ tables offer wonderful things, but the MoCCA Festival is really about the creators.

When I learned that the Kirby Museum would have a table at the Festival (I registered late and was wait-listed), I knew I needed Jack Kirby stickers. But what kind of stickers? After some consultation with Museum member James Romberger, I picked two images. The first is Kirby’s late 1960s/early 1970s “logo signature” as was used on the Marvelmania posters he produced around that time.

Feeling very much in the MoCCA Festival’s D.I.Y. head, I ordered some 2″ white weatherproof vinyl labels and some 1 1/2″ orange fluorescent labels, and got to inkjet printing on my HP Photosmart 8750. I just had to make some fluorescent stickers, as I love the Third Eye posters from the early 1970s. (Really should have an exhibit of those posters here.)

2009 - round stickers

The second image was, well, since the Festival was in New York City, what better choice than the dramatic “NY” figure from the series of football-styled images that John Morrow included on the back of the recent Kirby Collector? I cut and pasted the KIRBY lettering from the Marvel poster that the Museum offers as a premium, and then printed out in two sizes on clear mailing labels.

2009 - NY Kirby labels

2009 – NY Kirby labels

Right. Now how to make the labels a fund raising tool? The costs entailed attending the Festival add up! Got it. I figured it’d be fun to have a Mother Box (a device having various configurations in Kirby’s “Fourth World” stories) with a piggy-bank-like slot on the top and make a sign with “suggested donations” listed. (I had to include “Kirby is Here!” and “Don’t ask, just donate!” on the sign. ;^) )

Consulting with my crafty wife Lisa, we made the proportions of this Mother Box similar to Vykin’s from the Forever People. I didn’t want it to just be a flat red with a yellow disk on one side like Vykin’s, though. So, I dove into the Museum’s Original Art Digital Archive, and printed out some amazing Kirby art I’d scanned last July at the San Diego convention. Lisa cut, wrapped and taped it around the box.Best moment was when Scott Eder stopped by the table, recognized the art and complimented me on the color accuracy of the printing.

2009 - Mother Box

2009 – Mother Box

As far as I’m concerned the labels were great little fund raisers. Every so often, we at the table would say, “Ping! Ping! Ping!” when someone dropped a bill (or bills!) into the Mother Box’s slot. (Someone from Vermont even dropped a “Where’s George” single).

Next: the Kirby Museum’s MoCCA Festival mini-comic.

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