Kirby, Eternally – from Ragnarök to Rebirth in NYC!

Kirby, Eternally - a new Jack Kirby Museum Pop-Up in NYC. 11-16 November

It’s impending! It’s happening! It’s on its way! You know… The End! Existential Doom! The cosmic gods have arrived and they’re judging Earth’s very existence! Not only that, the gods are having some serious troubles of their own, too, see? And well, here comes the apocalypse… ragnarök… Wait… what’s this? It’s not the END end? It’s just another cycle? And now there’s a… rebirth?

Next week the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center welcomes you to Kirby, Eternally, from Ragnarök to Rebirth our almost week-long event in downtown Manhattan! We’ll present, exhibit, and talk about how Jack Kirby, one of the most influential creators of the twentieth century used gods and mythological apocalypse and rebirth in his stories.

We’ll be showcasing Kirby’s work on Eternals, Thor, New Gods, Fantastic Four, and more. Join us at One Art Space, 23 Warren Street in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood from November 11th through the 16th, to see some Jack Kirby original art, enjoy some large prints of his mind-blowing printed work, take a look at some of his comics, experience a random, unscheduled reading of his work, wear some Kirby-inspired headgear, attend some ticketed, live-streamed events and more!

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

Thursday, Nov. 11

Noon: Gallery opens

2:00 pmKirby at War Screening (free ticketed event) 

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Since we’re opening on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th, our first ticketed event at 2pm will consist of showing our friends Marc Azema and Jean Depelley’s documentary Kirby at War. After his upbringing in NYC’s dog-eat-dog Lower East Side ghetto, Kirby’s harrowing experiences in Europe in World War II continued to inform his life and work. With great respect and humility, we’re honored to be able to acknowledge this time in his life, and how it affected his continuing use of the themes we’re presenting.

6:00 – 8:00 pm – Opening reception (free ticketed event) 

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Our ticketed opening will feature an open discussion with curators Rand Hoppe and Tom Kraft. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, Nov. 12

3:00 pmLord of Light with Barry Geller and Mike Royer (free ticketed event) 

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Producer and art director Barry Geller and inker/letterer extraordinaire Mike Royer join us for a livestreamed virtual event! Kirby’s Lord of Light works are some of his most inspired mythological visuals, and we’re thrilled to be able to talk about it with Barry and Mike.

Satuday, Nov. 13

2:00 pm – Jacked Kirby Live Recording With Special Guests (ticketed event) 

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The Jacked Kirby podcast hosted by Tommy Lombardozzi and Mike D joins us for a live recording! Their special guest will be Olympians author and illustrator George O’Connor! It’ll be a brain-blast!

What: Kirby, Eternally, from Ragnarök to Rebirth

When: Thursday, November 11th through Tuesday, November 16th
Thurs., Nov. 11th – Gallery opens at Noon
Thurs., Nov. 11th – Exclusive Ticketed Screening from 2pm – 3:30pm (see above!)
Thurs., Nov. 11th – Exclusive Ticketed Opening Reception from 6pm – closing (see above!)
Fri., Nov. 12th – Gallery opens at Noon
Fri., Nov. 12th – Exclusive Ticketed Hybrid Livestream from 6pm – closing (see above!)
Sat., Nov. 13th – Gallery opens at Noon
Sat., Nov. 13th – Exclusive Ticketed Podcast event from 2pm-3:30pm (see above!)
Sat., Nov. 13th – Gallery closes at 7pm
Sun., Nov. 14th – Gallery open from Noon-5pm
Mon., Nov. 15th & Tues., Nov. 16th Gallery open from Noon – 7pm

Where: One Art Space, 23 Warren Street, New York, NY

Who: Your friends, the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center

NOTICE: In accordance with New York City mandate, all visitors age 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and must provide proof of vaccination with another form of identification in order to enter into One Art Space. Masks must be worn inside the gallery at all times for all visitors over the age of two.

We’re Popping Up Again in NYC!

Get ready! Starting Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11th at the One Art Space in NYC’s TriBeCa neighborhood, we’ll be offering or new exhibit:

Kirby, Eternally – from Ragnarök to Rebirth!

We’ll take a look at how Jack Kirby portrayed impending doom, armageddon, post-apocalypse and rebirth throughout his career, including The Eternals, Forever People, Thor, New Gods, and more. Original art will be on display, as well as reproductions of stories, pencil photocopies and even more!

For our opening day, we’re proud to be screening “Kirby At War,” which examines Jack Kirby’s comics through his experience as a young American soldier in WWII France.

On Saturday the 13th, the Jacked Kirby podcast will be recording an episode.

We’ll be presenting readings of Kirby’s works, including essays from the Eternals letters pages, comics stories, and more to be determined!

Due to NYC pandemic restrictions, we’ll soon be offering a limited # of attendance tickets for some of these special events.

Stay tuned here and on our social media feeds for more details!

This week: New York Comic Con!

BOOTH 2867

We will be at the New York Comic Con this week from Thursday, October 6th to Sunday, October 10, 2021

We’ll have our full set of merchandise for sale including the popular Galactic Head t-shirt , art prints, posters, the Galactic Head pin, mini-portfolios and so much more!

Stop by, visit and talk Kirby with Trustees Rand Hoppe and Tom Kraft.

Got Kirby Art?

Do you have Kirby original art and plan to attend the con? We will have our professional scanner available to scan original art at our booth. Please stop by and have your art scanned for research, study and preservation for us all and future generations.

About our Digital Archive

The Museum’s Jack Kirby Digital Archive is an ongoing project to document and preserve super high-res digital images of all of Jack Kirby’s original art, photos and documents.

For Jack Kirby’s 104th – A Lower East Side Walking Tour!

On Saturday, August 28th, join us to celebrate what would have been Jack Kirby’s 104th birthday! Starting at the corner of Delancey & Essex at 4pm, the walking tour will make its way to Kirby’s birthplace, then to the location of his boyhood home, and will end at the location of the boy’s club that was instrumental to his upbringing. At each stop, we will share stories and facts about Jack Kirby’s life on the Lower East Side and engage in some friendly Q&A about his work and career. There will also be trivia questions with prizes!

The tour will last approximately 90 minutes with a walking distance of less than a mile. We expect all attendees to be fully vaccinated, keep a reasonable distance while walking, and to wear masks during all stops. The tour will be livestreamed to our usual venues on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch, with Kirby-centric video clips streamed out while we are walking.

What: Jack Kirby LES Walking Tour
When: Saturday, August 28th, 4-5:30pm
Where: Meet on the NE corner of Essex and Delancey, in front of Richies and Fabco Shoes

For more information, email info@kirbymuseum.org

Rest In Peace, Steve Sherman

One-time Jack Kirby assistant and long-time great guy Steve Sherman passed away last Thursday, June 24th. It was a joy having gotten to know Steve over the years, and it’s sad that he’s gone.

Jack Kirby & Steve Sherman
Steve often joined Mark Badger and Bruce Simon at conventions in the Bay Area.

Some memories from his pal Mark Evanier.

Memories of Steve by Neal Kirby

An interview with Steve by Steven Brower at Print

We are honored that Steve’s widow Diana Mercer has requested that those who wish to make a donation in Steve’s honor direct that money to us. Here’s a button to help:

According to Jack Kirby

We’ve published some of Michael Hill’s work over on our “Kirby Effect” blog, but now his fantastic book, “According to Jack Kirby” is available! It’s a must read!

Fun Night! A(nother) Live Stream!

Late notice, yes, but tonight is another Live Stream night for the Kirby Museum. Please check our social media venues for the streams. There will be guests, trivia, an auction and more! As we get close, we’ll list the auction items in this post.

Wanna bid? Text Item Code and Bid Amount to: 201-204-0532. Shipping = $6 domestic, $20 international will be added.

Item Code DL = Dingbat Love – Museum Edition (variant cover): Starting Bid $25

Item Code MRDL = Dingbat Love – Museum Edition (variant cover) Signed by Mike Royer: Starting Bid $50

Item Code SKY = Sky Masters Sundays: Starting Bid $50

Item Code P&IMR = Kirby pencils & inks signed by Mike Royer: Starting bid $100

Item Code TTW = Tribes Trilogy – Woman: Starting bid $50

Item Code TTK = Tribes Trilogy – Kabuto: Starting bid $50

Item Code TTL = Tribes Trilogy – Lizard : Starting bid $50

Item Code 2001F = 2001 Face: Starting bid $25

Item Code 2001M = 2001 Monolith: Starting bid $25

Item Code ROBOT = Robot: Starting bid $50

Item Code SPACEMAN = Spaceman: Starting bid $50

Item Code VIRA = Vira: Starting bid $50

Item Code: DREAM = Dream Machine: Starting bid $200

3 days for 103 Virtual Pop-Up page

We’ve created a page here on our site to hold all the information about the 3 days for 103 virtual pop-up. While we may post updates to this home page blog, too, the 3for103 page will be a regularly updated reference point.

That said, here’s a portion of our still evolving list of guests:

  • Tracy Kirby and Jeremy Kirby, two of Jack Kirby’s grandchildren
  • Ray Wyman, Jr., Author of  The Art of Jack Kirby
  • Erik Larsen, Savage Dragon perpetrator
  • Mike Royer, artist and Kirby inker and letterer
  • Jean Depelley, Kirby biographer
  • James Romberger, artist and writer
  • Bechara Maalouf, original art dealer
  • David Russell, concept and storyboard artist
  • Tom Scioli, cartoonist, Kirby biographer
  • Sydney Heifler, Romance Comics scholar
  • Rob Liefeld, Comic Book Artist, creator of Deadpool, Cable and more
  • Barry Ira Geller, Lord of Light producer
  • Kate Willaert, “Kirby without Words”
  • Abraham Riesman, Stan Lee biographer

3 days for 103 virtual pop-up

We’re happy to announce our “3 days for 103” virtual pop-up!

Starting before noon EDT on August 28th, what would have been Jack Kirby’s 103rd birthday, we will open a video channel that multicasts to YouTube, Facebook, and Periscope/Twitter. We’ll continue doing so through Saturday and Sunday, too.

We’ll be offering tours of Kirby art and other items in our collection, welcoming special guests for a chat and Q&A, and presenting other fun events!

As we solidify the schedule, we will post here, send out a newsletter, and share on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It’ll be a blast!