Original Art Digital Archive

What is the Kirby Digital Archive?

In 2006, The Jack Kirby Museum started its Kirby Digital Archive (KDA) with the ambitious goal of archiving every available piece of Jack Kirby’s art. The KDA preserves Jack Kirby’s wonderful works in a lasting archive of high resolution scans to standards used by museums and libraries around the world. Not only does this archive provide amazing images for the Jack Kirby Museum website, but it also helps scholars and historians in their research.

Why is this important?

The KDA project’s main purpose is to create a lasting record of Kirby’s art for everyone to study and enjoy – now and long into the future. With the passage of time, any original art not in museums or galleries runs the risk of deteriorating or being destroyed in natural and man-made disasters. The Kirby Museum is dedicated to keeping Kirby’s legacy preserved by building this digital archive. Approximate breakdown figures as of February 2020

4,600
Comic Book
Pages
110
Comic
Strips
7,700
Pencil
Photocopies
500
Commission
Sketches

The efforts of the KDA are ongoing. Rand Hoppe, curator of the Jack Kirby Museum and President, Tom Kraft, creator of What if Kirby, attend many U.S. comic conventions with wide-format Epson 12000XL professional scanners to get the highest quality scans. In addition, both travel to the homes and offices of private collectors with these scanners to archive their Kirby art collections.

Current total archive size : approximately 13,000 artifacts totaling over 5 Terabits

Have your Kirby art archived!

Please contact Rand Hoppe and Tom Kraft of the Jack Kirby Museum at info@kirbymuseum.org  to have your art archived.

Owners who allow scans their original art to be included in the Kirby Digital Archive have the option to have a courtesy credit or to remain anonymous and can specify whether only scholars may view the scans, under Museum control and whether they can or can not be published anywhere.

Options for having your art archived

1. Upcoming conventions

We bring our scanners onsite to scan and archive your art at many of the larger comic conventions through out the United States where you can bring your Kirby art. Bechara Maalouf of Nostalgic Investments generously provides a table and space for us to scan and archive art. Please look for his booth location at these conventions:

  • San Diego Comic Fest – March 5-8 2020 (please contact us to arrange info@kirbymuseum.org)
  • WonderCon 2020 – April 10-22, 2020
  • LA Comic Art Show – May 24, 2020
  • San Diego Comic Con – July 22-26, 2020
  • New York Comic Con – October 1-11, 2020
  • And more listings to come

2. Your location

We can scan your art or arrange a visit to have your art scanned at your location. Museum Trustees, Rand Hoppe is located near New York City and Tom Kraft near Boston. We both have professional scanners. You can arrange to have us travel to your home and scan your art at your location. Many collectors do not want their art to leave their homes for insurance and security purposes.

In addition, we plan a yearly one-week visit to the Los Angeles area to organize several visits. We post this on our facebook page but if your are in the LA area, contact us so we can add you to our visits.

3. Your Scanner

If you have access to a wide format scanner, you can also scan your art yourself. Here are the specifications for providing archival quality scans:

  1. 100%
  2. 1200 DPI or 600 DPI
  3. RBG (24 bit color)
  4. Scan front and back
  5. Try to keep the art as straight as possible
  6. No unsharp masking or auto adjust settings
  7. Include space in between edges of paper and scanned image (don’t crop the scan to the edge of the paper, let us see the actual paper edge and some non-paper space)
  8. If available, save in Digital Negative (DNG) format or as TIFF with LZW compression. We use Hamrick Software’s VueScan software.
  9. If you want to stitch the pieces together, go ahead, but send the pieces (halves) as well as the result of your stitching. We prefer to archive “raw” scans, before any rotation or adjustment of any kind. File size varies between 150-210 MB each. We prefer you use our Hightail dropbox, but feel free to use services such as Dropbox, WeTransfer or we can arrange for an FTP file transfer, upon request. Please contact Rand Hoppe or Tom Kraft.

Other scans and photos welcome!

That’s right! Even though we’re building an amazing scholarly reference with scans at archival quality, the Kirby Museum is also interested in compiling scans or photos of Kirby original art at any level of quality. See the information above about how to send them to us.

Thanks to Contributors!

We offer our heartfelt thanks to those who have contributed to or otherwise helped the Kirby Digital Archive:

4 Replies to “Original Art Digital Archive”

  1. Has anyone ever seen Kirby’s nude drawing of Big Barda for Sense Of Wonder magazine from the 1970’s ? I was a friend of Jack’s for many years. One of the most egoless, down to Earth guys I”ve ever known. Truly a great man. Met him several times and spoke to him a bunch of times. He always made you feel that you were the important one in the conversation. He didn’t want to take up too much of your time. Truly the signs of a great man. I could talk about him all day.

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