All Hail The King: Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby (1917-1994) is arguably the most important figure in American comic book history. He defined style and language for a comic book industry still very much standing on his shoulders. In collaboration with Joe Simon and Stan Lee, Jack was imagination unbridled, and his work stands today as the gold standard by which other comic book art is measured.

Needless to say, I’m a fan. Today, in honor of what would be his 95th birthday, I urge comic book fans to take a moment to think about an appreciate the King and his contribution to the art form and medium we love so dearly.

Thank you Jack. You’re dearly missed.

Recommended reading:

Tales to Astonish by Ronin Ro
Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier

Comments

  1. “Imagination unbridled” is a very apt description.

    I also like the recommended reading. I wouldn’t mind seeing that on more articles in the future. Good idea.

  2. Huge Kirby fan. The uninked art in the Evanier book is something to behold. Kirby is king, still.

  3. Simply Beautiful. Happy birthday, Jack!

  4. Happy birthday Mr. Kirby! Thanks for everything. I sorely wish I could have met you but I feel like I get to know you every time I open up one of your books.

  5. Just like the elder Japanese tattoo artists are referred to as masters, so too is Jack Kirby a master.

  6. Long live the King!! Happy Birthday Jack!!

    Couldn’t agree more on the recommended reading. Both are excellent books.

  7. Hail to the King baby!

  8. filippod filippod (@filippodee) says:

    I just can’t imagine my youth without Kirby comics.

  9. Kirby is indeed King. Anyone who doubts his skills only needs to browse throught the first volume of the Fourth World omnibus. It solidified his legend in my mind.
    That’s an amazing piece posted along the article. Josh, what is that from?

  10. That’s a great shot of him. So cool.

  11. Thank you for the Fantastic Four Mr. Kirby

  12. All Hail The King!!! I just bought mint copies a week ago of Mister Miracle #1 and The Demon #1 cause I love the obscure characters he brought to DC with the New Gods…..thanx for being you and breathing timeless imagination into an industry that would not be as good had you not been such a huge part of it’s legacy.

  13. My copy of Kirby: King of Comics is one of my favorite books that I own. Definitely one of my all time favorites. Thank you, Mr. Kirby.

    • oops, the “all time favorites” refers to Kirby himself. Truly has no equal.

      Just finished getting through the Fourth World omnibus and the Demon omnibus. Hoping to track down the Kamandi book and maybe even the Fantastic Four books. The man was an artistic genius

  14. It’s amazing how DC and Marvel didn’t acknowledge the man’s birthday. Can the Big 2 finally show some damn respect for the God that is Kirby?

  15. I grew up with Jack & Stan’s FF (in issues!) – I have literally not been the same since. Thanks Mr Kirby, no one has ever done it better.

  16. Happy birthday to the one and only Jack Kirby. There has never been another comic creator that comes close to his imagination. I shudder to think of what my life would be like in a world where The King never existed. So much of the joy in my life comes directly from Kirby’s creations and the wonderful comics he made. Calling him “The King” almost doesn’t seem like enough of an honor for this man who brought us so much.

  17. Jack Kirby – Far and away the greatest comic artist who ever lived. I have two prints on my living room wall that were owned by him (I bought them from his grandson) and ‘New Gods’ is arguably my all-time favorite comic series (along with ‘The Invisibles’).

    Everything he did was just so mesmerizing. His storytelling is enchanting, engrossing and heart-stoppingly exciting all at once, nobody can touch him. I am really happy to see him getting so much love on this thread. I have encountered people, (stupid people it must be said) who don’t rate his work or his impact on the industry. Thankfully they are in the minority.

    Bless ya, King. We all love you.