Happy Birthday Jack! Enjoy This Mini Reprint!

Way back in 2008, we were doing daily short video posts, called iFanboy Minis. This one was my absolute favorite, for a couple reasons. On the one hand, I got to talk about Tales to Astonish by Ronin Ro, a prose story of the early days of comics, mostly focusing on the career of Jack Kirby, and his ups and downs in the industry.

Then I had some trouble starting the boat.

I’ve said it over and over again, but in my mind no one is more important to the history of comic books than Jack Kirby, both as a fount of imagination, having more staying power than anyone thought possible, and also as a cautionary tale about how to remember it’s always a business, and must be taken with seriousness and caution. His ideas are still keeping comics breathing and keeping comic shops in business. He passed in 1994 at age 76, but he would have been 94 yesterday, and all comics fans should take a moment to reflect and appreciate the King.

Make sure to check out some of the links below for more on Jack.

Comments

  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    My favorite mini as well! Happy belated, King Kirby!

  2. Just added that to my Amazon wish list. Sounds very cool!

  3. Last week, my shop had Mark Evanier’s KIRBY: KING OF COMICS for $12. The manager speculated that all of Borders’ returns are starting to circulate and drive prices into the basement. Be on the lookout!

  4. The King!

  5. My Cap-lovin’ son shares the same B-day as Kirby. Its a party every Aug 28th as it should be.

  6. Marvel was going to celebrate Kirby’s birthday but they felt that since it was HIS birthday and not THEIR birthday they didn’t get him some cake.

    In all seriousness it’s nice to see so many people love Jack Kirby today. Gonna be reading that KING OF COMICS book later today.

    • “Marvel was going to celebrate Kirby’s birthday but they felt that since it was HIS birthday and not THEIR birthday they didn’t get him some cake.” I laughed at this, but felt bad for doing so.

  7. Awesome, I haven’t seen this before. Some good ‘ol Josh funny.

  8. I really miss the mini’s 🙁

  9. Maybe I’m making too much of a deal but….I don’t think Marvel (or DC either) on their website acknowledged it was Jack Kirby’s birthday. That just seems unfair.

  10. I miss the mini’s