Monthly Archives: July 2012

Illustrator fights back against Marvel Comics

Here’s a great article worth reading:

Illustrator fights back against Marvel Comics. Arlen Schumer wants everyone to know that Stan Lee didn’t create comic superheroes alone. BY MICHAEL DOOLEY

Lost (Rejected) FF Panels

Here are a couple panels from the “lost” (rejected) 1970 FF story. You can see here Jack’s pencils are terrific, so I still contend Lee rejected this book for reasons other than it’s quality.

Also notice the little, curly squiggles in the top of the frame — maybe Jack suggesting to Lee that the captions should be Sue Storm’s thoughts.

The King & The Worst (Movie)

Thanks to Arlen Schumer for sending in this link.

‘The King & The Worst’ Takes On The Evils Of Sorcery With Jack Kirby And Ed Wood [Video]

Looks like somebody finally decided to use the real Jack Kirby as a heroic character in a film. I’ve been saying that would be a great idea for years. My idea was to do a Saturday morning type cartoon where Jack is abducted by aliens, they give him a cosmic-powered  artboard that can create anything Jack draws on it, then Jack uses those inventions to fight evil throughout the universe, space and time. With his cosmic-charged pencil, Jack can make himself creatures, machines, a super-powered space suit, etc., anything, and Jack can battle the bad guys.

Maybe that’s something Jack’s family might want to look into. Jack has plenty of fans in the entertainment business, maybe somebody with some clout like a Frank Miller or Bruce Timm or someone like that might help green light a project like that. It would be a great way to pay tribute to Jack and ideally produce a quality entertaining product people enjoy.

Today, in this film clip which is about 20 minutes., the filmmakers have done a live-action piece where Jack and Ed Wood (of all people) are fighting evil. The actor playing Ed is on the left and the actor playing Jack is on the right.

If they had used Wally Wood… this thing would REALLY have been a home run in my book. The King and Woody! There’s a movie I’d pay to see.

The King and The Worst movie is pretty bizarre, but it’s also very creative and certainly interesting — I enjoyed it. If anyone out there knows the story behind it please send that info in. I’d like to know more about the film and the filmmakers. What (if anything) is this for? Is there some market out there for this type of thing? Or was this just done for fun? Maybe this will win an Oscar for best short film?

How about a Kirby award?

Unfortunately Marvel owns that image of Silver Surfer I used for the Kirby award, so not sure I’ll be able to hand those out any time soon.

I wonder what the legal ramifications are for using a real human being as a character? I guess Abe Lincoln fights Nazis now, so it’s not a big deal?

What’s next, Barack Obama, Werewolf Hunter? You’d have to think if something like this caught on it would present legal problems for the King and the Worst filmmakers. But the movie seems pretty harmless to me, it’s just a silly flick on the web. Probably falls under the satire category.

Regardless, now we can add “movie action hero” to Jack Kirby’s already long list of credentials. Round of applause for Jack.

Heck, maybe this will take off like the James Bond series and Jack Kirby will be the next big action hero superstar character.

That certainly would be ironic considering Jack created most of the current action hero superstar characters that are so popular. If a Jack Kirby movie character became really popular, I wonder if Stan Lee would claim he created that too…

Congratulations to Charles Hatfield for Winning an Eisner Award

I hope you all watch the video I posted yesterday. I think the book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt sounds like a nice synthesis of journalism and comics art worth reading, and I think Bill Moyers and Chris Hedges touch on several subjects that are very important to all of us in that video interview. I wasn’t going to post anything for the rest of the week hoping all of you would check out the video, but I figure you will or you won’t watch it regardless of what I do, plus now I see have a bunch of reader emails I need to post, so I’ll do that this week.

Today I’d like to say: congratulations to Charles Hatfield. His book on the work of Jack Kirby, Hand of Fire, won an Eisner award. You can read more about it at Charles’ website. Thanks to Charles we now have an “Eisner award winning” scholarly analysis of Jack Kirby’s work on the bookshelves.

Pretty impressive accomplishment if you ask me. I think Jack deserved to have a book like that written about him and my thanks to Charles for putting in the time and effort to make that project happen. I hope all of you will pick up a copy. It’s a great way to support Kirby scholarship and it’s really a great book — it’s a huge first step towards encouraging students to examine Jack’s work at the academic level.

Again, congratulations to Charles Hatfield on winning the Eisner award, and in my opinion, congratulations to Jack Kirby — this shows once again that Jack’s work is important, it remains relevant, and it is worth studying and discussing. Kirby lives!

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

I’m going to do something a little different for the next week. From today until August 1, this is going to be my only post for the week, because I really want all of you to set aside an hour out of your schedule and watch this video interview. Here’s the link:

Bill Moyers and Chris Hedges: How Whole Regions of America Have Been Destroyed in the Name of Quarterly Profits

They discuss Hedges’ new book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. The book is a collaboration between Chris Hedges and comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco. Below is the whole link to page 11 of the transcription of the interview. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the video.

Moyers/Hedges Interview, page 11, and link to video

Now I know a lot of you are probably going to disagree with some of the things Hedges has to say, and you may even find this interview pretty depressing, upsetting, or even infuriating, but I’d like for you to do me a favor — watch this interview and just think about some of the points Chris Hedges makes.

I realize you could argue this interview is not “Kirby-related,” but I think it is because sometimes I think it’s important to put things in perspective. Obviously Stan Lee and Marvel symbolize the corporate greed Hedges discusses, but more importantly, I think it’s crucial for all of us to sort of stop, take a deep breath once in awhile and realize: we, as citizens of this planet, have very real and very serious life-threatening problems we are all going to have to address in the near future if we truly care about the world we are going to leave our children, our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren. What Moyers and Hedges discuss here are not the types of subjects I usually tackle here at Kirby Dynamics because I want this to be a fun weblog about the life and work of Jack Kirby, but for this one week I want to point out that I believe we have much bigger problems facing our nation and our planet other than arguing about whether Stan Lee ruined Jack’s 60s comic books.

And obviously, I’m posting this here because of the work of comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco. His work reminds me of Jack’s Street Code work.

I wish Jack could have done more work like this, but as we all know, Jack had to crank out superhero books to keep his family afloat.

Make sure you watch the entire 1 hour video. The Moyers interview is about 40 min. Then there’s a 10 min. special segment at the end where Joe Sacco talks a bit about his creative process, they show him at work, and they show a few examples of his photography and his comics-journalism work. Here is some of Sacco’s work from the book:


So everybody please watch this video. Even if you disagree with everything discussed, I’d just like you all to take a moment out of your week to think about what Chris Hedges has to say and I hope you will reflect on your own future and the future of this planet.


A reader informed me Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco were doing a live chat at

Here’s a link to the chat:

Live Chat with Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco (July 19, 2012)

I had a thousand questions for Chris Hedges, but I figured I’d address a Kirby-related question to Joe Sacco.

As you can see, like an idiot I spelled my first name wrong, and unfortunately we really didn’t learn anything new from his reply, but he answered honestly and was nice enough to respond to the first two questions which I really appreciated. I had hoped maybe he had some thoughts on the Kirby lawsuit since Jack’s treatment by Marvel certainly dovetails into some of the themes in the Hedges interview, but I suppose there are so many important things going on in the world and in people’s lives it’s impossible to follow everything. My questions were actually sort of lame considering the seriousness of the overall discussion, but I figured I’d take a shot at getting something I could use here.

Clearly Chris and Joe are both very passionate about their work and very good at what they do. I plan on picking up a copy of their book. Whether you agree with them or not, I do think you have to respect them for what they have accomplished, especially as war correspondents, and you have to respect them for using their skills to try and bring attention to the uncertain future of our planet.

Here’s a direct link to the Hedges interview at Bill Moyers’ site:

Chris Hedges on Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’
July 20, 2012

Western Tales # 31 Splash

Western Tales # 31 splash (Oct 1955). I’m never sure who inked the Simon/Kirby stuff, but whether it was either Jack or Joe or both, this is a beautiful 1950s piece.