Today marks the 97th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth and to celebrate KIRBY-VISION proudly presents our annual portrait gallery in honour of ‘The King of Comics’.
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For an extra birthday treat check out Dave’s fantastic tumblr, Kirby Hands!
A huge thank you to all the artists who took the time to contribute to today’s Birthday celebration. And of course a huge thank you to Jack Kirby for his continuing inspiration.
Long live The King!
Kirby-love knows no bounds as demonstrated by Vincent Iadevaia and his New God Tattoos by Myles Karr.
Presenting another Kirby inspired track from poet/songwriter Angelo Worthy.
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For the chosen few. And it don’t stop. Back once again, yes of course y’all. The Uni-Friend with a burner for your Source Wall. Pick up your Solar Phone. The Caller is on the line. It’s easy to rise and shine after the escape artist breaks all the ties that bind. Beautiful Dreamer, I was born to fly. It’s a miracle I’m still alive. I’m like a Spartan child thrown off the edge of the cliff for his impairments, who grew a pair of Aero Disks and didn’t perish. See me soar in the wind, call me the Air apparent. Child of God, call me the Heir apparent. Birth of a new age, call me the Era parent. Aura shines brightly like the hair of Paris. My special effects are set to Alpha. If I met Omega, I bet I would get a positive outcome. They try to stop me, but I breathe the Apokoliptic mist of Miracles and I’m Scot Free. They wanna see me in an early grave. But my skin is a Jack Kirby page. Heiros Gamos, cause of the stigmata. Cover me with panels of armor like Big Barda.
Angelo Worthy. We’re in the Fourth World. Apokolips, New Genesis. Rise of the New Gods. Sit in the Mobius Chair. Now you’re sailing on the Dimension Winds. The Winds of Infinity! Taaru!!!!!
Tim Miner channels Kirby through a secession of classic comic strip characters including Hagar, Beetle Bailey, the Family Circus, Nancy and the Katzenjammer Kids. You can find more of Tim’s work (and that of his Daughter Gracie) at the fantastic 5 Minute Marvels blog.
Imaginary New Gods cover (created for Jon Morris’ DC Fifty-Too! blog) by Brooklyn based artist Benjamin Marra. Benjamin’s comic credits include the self-published titles Night Business, Gangsta Rap Posse and The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd. His illustration work has also appeared in a number of publications including Rolling Stone, Playboy, Radar and The New York Times Book Review. You can find more of Benjamin’s work at his blog and website.
The Inhuman royal family and the dynasties of Apokolips and New Genesis as depicted by Brazilian artist Daniel HDR. Daniel’s has worked in various titles published by Avatar, Dark Horse, Image, Marvel and DC Comics. He has also worked in advertising and teaches classes on illustration and comic book creation. Be sure to take a look at Daniel’s blog for more.
Kirby-Vision in motion with this short video from David Dell’oso. Dave is based in Phoenix, Arizona and self publishes his own comic book, Cartown Comics. A keen photographer and sculptor, Dave also keeps a regularly updated sketchblog here. Presented below are Dave’s finished inks taken from an unused page from New Gods #7, originally reproduced in Jack Kirby Collector #46.
The exchange of Scott Free and Orion to guarantee peace between New Genesis and Apokolips, as depicted by Stefano Pavan.
As inspiration for ‘The Pact‘, Stefano turned to this depiction of New Genesis from New Gods #7, art by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer.
Darkseid, Orion and Lightray courtesy of Jay Piscopo.
New Gods courtesy of Texas based artist Antoine Dennison.