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 […]

Exhibit Report: Opening Night at The Jack Kirby Pop-Up Museum

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By Jeffrey O. Gustafson As Rand Hoppe, founder and Director of the Jack Kirby Museum told me tonight, “Jack Kirby hated the Lower East Side.” Kirby would tell World War II stories and talk about the creation of his art all day, but when it came to the L.E.S., all he wanted to do was […]

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 […]

Pedigree Chum, 16/08/13: Captain America Steps Onto The Good Ship Disney

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Heidi’s away, so there’s a bit of a twist on the Kibbles N Bits section today. Well, I say ‘bit of a twist’… but what I mean to say is ‘bit of a Steve’. § Disney have worked out a way to get Marvel characters into their resorts — put them on international water. If […]

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 […]

SDCC’13: How Comics Predicted and Embraced Punk

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By Benjamin J. Villarreal While droves of comic book, movie, television, video game, and toy fans roam the San Diego Comic-Con floor booths and exhibit halls, university professors and students are upstairs tackling the big questions through their ongoing research. The Comics Arts Conference is an academic conference that runs in conjunction with both Comic-Con International […]

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, […]

Art Wall: Cubist Thing, them Mighty Morphin’ kids and Batman- lots of Batman

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Hello and welcome! We are starting a weekly art thingy and have -rather thoughtfully- set it for Friday, that interminable day where the weekend is within touching distance and yet you still have to be at work. Hence, pretty and cool stuff that will help tide you over- forget words, just feast your eyes. This […]

Preview: Comics About Cartoonists: The World’s Oddest Profession

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Before “meta” was physical, before Modernism became Posted, before Art Popped, cartoonists drew stories about cartoonists and cartooning! Some of it was autobiographical (or possibly semi-auto… I doubt Milt Gross almost became Batman!), some of it was pure fantasy.  (The pygmalian dream of a drawing come to life is represented twice in this volume, and […]

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 […]