You guessed it! The Jack Kirby Museum is getting booth 5520 ready for Preview Night tonight.
Will we have new merchandise? Of course! Check out these great new shirts…
..and if you’re not attending the San Diego show, clicking on each shirt above will give you the opportunity to buy them right here, right now! Please allow us some time to return from California to ship them to you.
There’s more news, but we’ll spill the beans in another post.
If you’re going to Special Edition: NYC this weekend, stop by table 938, which we’re sharing with Arlen Schumer. We’ll have our T-Shirts and our huge, limited-edition, signed-and-numbered prints of Tom Morehouse’s “The Power-Packed Marvel Art of Jack Kirby” collage for sale.
To celebrate this outstanding exhibit, the Kirby Museum’s Tom Kraft and Rand Hoppe will attend the festival. We understand there is going to be a Jack Kirby panel discussion. More news as it it comes in.
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.