Today would have been Jack Kirby’s 96th birthday, and in addition to the Kirby-Vision portrait gallery that Jason Garrattley’s posted, I’m offering this half hour video of Jack talking with fans at Comics & Comix, in Palo Alto, California in 1993.
Ray Wyman, Jr. says in the YouTube comments:
This was one of four stops we made to promote “The Art of Jack Kirby .” We rented a passenger van and hoofed it around the old fashioned way. The roadtrip crew also included Roz, myself, Catherine Hohlfeld, and Rob Crane. Thanks for the share. Really terrific memories.
Jerry Boyd recounted the day in an article titled “An Afternoon With Jack”, published in Twomorrows Publishing’s Spring 2003 The Jack Kirby Collector 38.
Jack and Roz Kirby appeared on the sitcom “Bob”, where Bob Newhart played a comic book artist. Other comics luminaries, such as Bob Kane, Mel Keefer, Mell Lazarus (who briefly appears in our clip introducing Kirby), Marc Silvestri, Jim Lee and Sergio Aragones also appeared.
Initially broadcast 22 January 1993.
Written by Cheri Steinkeller & Bill Steinkeller & Phoef Sutton. Directed by Michael Zinberg.
In 1962, Jack Kirby and Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee created the Incredible Hulk. In the late 1970s, Marvel licensed the character for use in a television series. Jack Kirby appeared briefly, uncredited, as a police sketch artist in the 19th episode of the second season, the 31st in the series.
First Aired 30 March 1979
Written by: Ben Masselink
Directed by: Jeffrey Hayden
Guest Starring: James Wainwright, Mariclare Costello, Sherman Hemsley, Thalmus Rasulala, Skip Homeier & Howard Bruner
Synopsis: Banner is arrested for vagrancy and meets, in a police van, a mentally ill prisoner who believes himself to be the deceased writer Ernest Hemingway. The Hulk destroys the van, which releases the mentally ill man. Banner tries to find the man before he hurts someone.
When Glenn Fleming and a friend visited the Kirby house in Thousand Oaks, California in October of 1991, they recorded some of their visit on video tape. After moving the discussion into his studio, Jack began describing a story he told called “Mile-A-Minute Jones”, published in Our Fighting Forces #159 by DC Comics.
Glenn generously donated the VHS tape to the Museum for its use and Kirby family friend and collector David Schwartz kindly edited the piece available here.