Friday, August 28, 2009

Jack "King" Kirby: "The King of the Comics"

Jack Kirby was born in 1917, he would have been 92 today.

Jack Kirby was easily the most dynamic, possibly the most prolific, definitely the most influential artist in comic book history.

He created or co-created Captain America, The Newsboy Legion and The Shield in the 1940's and helped popularize The Manhunter and Sandman.

Through the late 1940's through the 1950's he worked on science fiction comics, western comics and even invented the romance comic.

Then in the 1960's he created or co-created The Fantastic Four (reviving The Human Torch and Sub-Mariner on the way), Thor, Iron Man, The X-Men, The Inhumans, The Hulk, The Avengers (bringing back his own Captain America), Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Black Panther, The Silver Surfer, and basically set the Marvel Style of comics for everyone else to follow.

In the 1070's he moved over to DC and set Jimmy Olsen on his ear and created The Demon before creating his "Fourth World". The New Gods, The Forever People and Mister Miracle.

Jacks work was bigger than life, and I believe I'll let it speak for itself.

Lest those horrible movies with Jessica Alba leave a dark spot on his reputation and a sick taste in your mouths from their sheer atrociousness, here's the first issue of "Fantastic Four" from 1961. Enjoy.

As always, click the thumbnails for full size.

And if any of you at "Marvel Entertainment" think this copyright infringement. Sue yourselves first for fucking up this comic over the last 35 years since Jack left.

Thanks Jack! Rest in worked hard.

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