Happy Birthday Jack Kirby

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It’s The King’s 97th birthday today, but who needs an excuse to celebrate the mans vision, talent and tenacity? Kirby’s granddaughter Jillian is spearheading the Kirby4Heroes project which is raising money for The Heroes Initiative, which raises many for creators in need. There are events today and ongoing projects listed in the link. She also posted […]

Kirby Case to SCOTUS more likely?

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The family of Jack Kirby’s quest to regain some rights to the Marvel characters still has a chance to go all the way to the Supreme court, as THR’s sturdy legal expert Eriq Gardner reports. Gardner quotes some amicus (friend of the court, i.e. supporting document) briefs by experts as weighing in favor of it […]

Supreme Court to decide whether to hear the Kirby case later this month

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The Kirby vs Marvel battle is not quite over yet. According to Dominic Patten the Supreme Court will actually discuss whether to hear the case on May 15th. As you may recall, the case involves Jack Kirby’s heirs suing Marvel for rights to the characters he co-created during his long Marvel career. Although Marvel has […]

Stan Lee talks to Playboy about everything—but is it the truth?

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Playboy has a long interview with Stan Lee here (link NSFW but not really as much as you’d think), Normally I’d call this an “autumnal” interview, but under the circumstances, it’s more…the lion in winter. Lee, perhaps realizing this is one of the few spots he has to dig in a little, sometimes avoids the kind of jokes and spin he uses in other interviews. And while his memory is always spotty (and any Lee interview includes may spots where he takes the question and moves the answer to more familiar territory) his grasp on things is still pretty sharp all things considered.

Nice art: Very early Jack Kirby

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Via. More if you poke around.

RIP Al Plastino, the man who replaced both Kirby and Schulz

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Golden age artist Al Plastino has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 91. Plastino was best known as a Superman Artist—he was the last surviving Golden Age Superman artist, in fact. Among the characters he drew first: Supergirl, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy. He also co-created the Parasite and […]

Jack Kirby Pop-Up Museum opens today!

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A pop-up museum for comics legend Jack Kirby located on the Lower East Side — where he was born— opens today. The effort was funded via Kickstarter and is located at 178 Delancey Street.

It’s Jack Kirby’s 96th Birthday

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Today would have been the 96th birthday of Jack “King” Kirby. 26 years ago, on the occasion of Jack’s 70th birthday, I was in the basement of the Hotel San Diego with about 600 of my fellow professionals as we waited in a dark room for Jack to appear.

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Comics are for Everyone

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Mark Millar, Todd McFarlane and the relationship between women […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – DC’s 3D Cover Woes

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss DC’s 3D novelty cover shortage and how it […]

Help Jim Lee put his kids through college by buying Jack Kirby’s ARGO art

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Well that’s the short hand version. Basically, back in the 90s, Jim Lee bought two piece of Jack Kirby art. At the time everyone was unaware of the backstory as to how they were created: as told in fictionalized form in the Best-Picture winning film Argo, Kirby had created the concept art for a film […]

Jack Kirby’s grandson goes on Kickstarter for coffeetable book about The King

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J. Kirby is on Kickstarter for real — Jeremy Kirby, grandson of the legendary artist. He’s asking for funds to put out a books of photos and a lost Kirby work, a play called “Frog Prince.” Years ago (1997 to be exact) I wrote a screenplay and shared it with my grandmother.  She did what every […]

Titan Unveil ‘Monster Massacre’ Anthology

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The Brit Zone continues, sort of, with a new announcement from Titan Comics. This week Titan unveiled a new co-publishing deal between themselves and Atomeka, which will put out ‘Monster Massacre’. This anthology will feature stories all about – you guessed it – monsters. On top of stories from creators like D’Israeli, Ian Edginton, Ron Marz, […]

Stan and Jack seen together c. 1964

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One of the holy grails of the blogosphere (at least this blogosphere) has been a picture of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby together to run whenever one of those “Stan did this” or “They made another movie based on Jack Kirby’s characters” comes up. Up until now, this semi-obscured photo from a San Diego Inkpots […]

Hurricane Sandy: Jack Kirby foresaw it!

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Jack Kirby had some imagination, as the first issue of KAMANDI shows. Some of it even came true!

Great cartoonist photos: Los Bros Hernandez visit Jack Kirby’s birthplace

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While visiting New York, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Jack Kirby at 147 Essex St. and the result is one of the most wonderful photos I’ve ever seen. There’s another one with tour guide Frank Santoro here. This is as good a place as any to note that a […]