Posts tagged ‘Jack Kirby’

August 1, 2018

Seeing double

I don’t often have the occasion to have more than one copy of a comic (well, aside from those I publish myself), but a recent project gave me just such an opportunity… and even though it was luck of the draw, I was surprised at how very different these two copies of Super Powers #3 (DC, 1985) actually were!

One of the copies must have come earlier in the press run when there was more ink on the press, which led to many overinked panels shown here on the right. Thing is, even though it sometimes obscures Greg Theakston’s inking of Jack Kirby’s pencils, I kind of like the mystery and sense of foreboding it lends to the art. And/or the nice texture it gives to stone, whether statues or Darkseid…

(And for those of you who might be wondering, I’m pleased to say that my own recent publications, including the extensive greytones I used in Watusi in the Emerald City of Oz, have consistent results!)


August 16, 2017

A meal fit for The King!

And not The King most people in Memphis think of, either … but the one and only Jack “King” Kirby!

2017 marks the centennial of Jack Kirby’s birth, and I’ve been working on projects to celebrate that anniversary. Some are coming along better than others, but one that is complete is my contribution to Crosstown Arts“Potluck” exhibition, on display during the grand opening of Crosstown Concourse.

This piece, which is a tribute to Kirby’s character and machinery designs (and his co-creation, Galactus), was a good challenge that stretched my creative muscles a little. It’s been quite a while since I worked in 3D, and in the process I used materials and tools that were new to me. I’m happy to say that it turned out pretty much how I envisioned it– if not better! Come see it (along with 80 other artist-created place settings) this Saturday!

And look for other upcoming Kirby-celebratory pieces from me, both online (like this) and in print…

August 28, 2016

All hail The King!


Today is the anniversary of Jack Kirby‘s birthday. His contributions to comics– both in terms of characters and stylistic conventions– have rightly earned him the nickname “King.” I first discovered his artwork pretty much right as I discovered comics, at a time when he was working for Marvel in the mid 1970s. While his Captain America was a little too out there for this 10-year old, I couldn’t deny the power of his artwork. At that time it was gracing many Marvel titles, from characters he created such as Fantastic Four and The Avengers to newer heroes such as a favorite of mine, Nova. The fact that interior art on many of those comics were provided by more conventional– though by no means not also great– artists such as George Perez and John Buscema made for a great package and they remain some of my favorite comics from that era. I later came to appreciate Kirby’s work more fully through his creations at DC just before I started reading comics: the New Gods cycle and Kamandi, the last boy on Earth, are amazing comics to behold. Like his later creation for Marvel, The Eternals, these works were able to (largely) stand on their own without interference from other editors or a need to adhere to line-wide continuity concerns. They are definitely worth checking out, especially since many of them have been collected in trade editions within the last decade.

Last year around this time I created the above piece for Jason Garrattley’s annual Jack Kirby birthday celebration on the Jack Kirby Museum‘s Kirby-Vision blog. It was a blast to do, and while this summer’s project (which is progressing quite nicely, thanks for asking) has kept me too busy to celebrate, I plan to do it again next year to celebrate Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday!

May 24, 2015

A review of reviews

It’s been far too long since I’ve reviewed any comics on this site, but I’ve still been writing super-short reviews on both my new Twitter account and as part of the Lawrence Public Library‘s BiblioCommons catalog interface. Especially given the latter, most tend to be about trade compilations or book-like originals rather than single issues. Here are some of them, expanded and collected for your perusal…

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