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20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader JimInks's Avatar


     

    20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

    Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of my old friend and hero, comics' greatest writer/artist/creator, Jack "King" Kirby. Without Jack, there is no Captain America, no Iron Man, no Thor, no X-Men, no Spider-Man, no Hulk, no Avengers, no Marvel Universe. He created or co-created more million dollar properties than anybody else in the business, and despite what Stan Lee claims, is the major creator of the Marvel characters. He was a rather humble guy considering his achievements, and kind to everybody. He may not have gotten the proper credit for what he did, or the money he was entitled to, but he's remembered by everybody who saw his work and by everybody who ever met him. I'm dedicating all my smokes to Jack today, who occasionally smoked a pipe, btw. RIP, Jack.

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    Re: 20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

    I don't know why my post disappeared; let me try again...

    Over the years I've come to despise that glory hound, Stan Lee. I'm sick to death of his popping up in the Marvel movies, as if anyone under forty even knows who he is. I'm sick of him taking credit for everything Marvel did. But don't leave Steve Ditko out of the equation!

    On a side note, a friend of mine where I used to live had a beautiful pencilled Thor page that was unused for some reason, so it never got inked. Everytime I saw that page, I want to lynch Vince Colleta. It's a darn shame they couldn't just shoot Kirby's artwork from the pencils. Frankly, he was even better than most people think.
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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader JimInks's Avatar


     

    Re: 20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkC View Post
    I don't know why my post disappeared; let me try again...

    Over the years I've come to despise that glory hound, Stan Lee. I'm sick to death of his popping up in the Marvel movies, as if anyone under forty even knows who he is. I'm sick of him taking credit for everything Marvel did. But don't leave Steve Ditko out of the equation!

    On a side note, a friend of mine where I used to live had a beautiful pencilled Thor page that was unused for some reason, so it never got inked. Everytime I saw that page, I want to lynch Vince Colleta. It's a darn shame they couldn't just shoot Kirby's artwork from the pencils. Frankly, he was even better than most people think.
    I'm a big Ditko fan and would never ignore his work. I even got to work with him a couple of times. I have a low opinion of Stan Lee because of how he has lied about being the creator of the Marvel characters, though I will admit he was good to work for when I did. And yes, Vinnie Colletta should have horsewhipped for what he did to Kirby's pencil work. You can find a lot of copies of Jack's pencil work online and in the Jack Kirby Collector magazine. I own a unused Thor page from 1969 that is still in pencil form: Thor in six panels, Galactus and Loki each in three panels. Thank God Vinnie didn't get this one!

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    Re: 20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

    As a fan of comics, I have to say Kirby was a brilliant artist. Big fan of his stuff. His focus seemed less about realism than about creating huge places for the imagination to explore. I admire the way he used line and shading, and of course the "Kirby Dots"
    Beside the work he did for Marvel, I'm also fond of the characters he created for DC (ie. Darkseid and The New Gods etc). Glad to see DC continuing to integrate his creations and ideas into their stories. He was a visionary.
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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader MarkC's Avatar


     

    Re: 20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

    Yeah, the New Gods stuff came out when I was in the eighth grade; perfect timing apparently, as it blew me away. ON THE OTHER HAND, I will NEVER forgive that ratbag teacher for confiscating my copy of Mister Miracle No. 1 and never returning it! If I ever see her again...
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    Re: 20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkC View Post
    Yeah, the New Gods stuff came out when I was in the eighth grade; perfect timing apparently, as it blew me away. ON THE OTHER HAND, I will NEVER forgive that ratbag teacher for confiscating my copy of Mister Miracle No. 1 and never returning it! If I ever see her again...
    I can relate. I had some treasured comics confiscated by a teacher and I still get a pang of resentment over it even though that was 35 years ago.
    "Quite simply, my dear, tobacco is the greatest pleasure that we have ever discovered... I know of no other miracle like it in nature." -- Bela Lugosi, 1939

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    THE MAN WHO LOVES TWANG! TonyBrooklyn's Avatar


     

    Re: 20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

    Quote Originally Posted by JimInks View Post
    Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of my old friend and hero, comics' greatest writer/artist/creator, Jack "King" Kirby. Without Jack, there is no Captain America, no Iron Man, no Thor, no X-Men, no Spider-Man, no Hulk, no Avengers, no Marvel Universe. He created or co-created more million dollar properties than anybody else in the business, and despite what Stan Lee claims, is the major creator of the Marvel characters. He was a rather humble guy considering his achievements, and kind to everybody. He may not have gotten the proper credit for what he did, or the money he was entitled to, but he's remembered by everybody who saw his work and by everybody who ever met him. I'm dedicating all my smokes to Jack today, who occasionally smoked a pipe, btw. RIP, Jack.
    No doubt about it "The man was a legend in his own time"!
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    24 hr's ain't enough splattttttt's Avatar


     

    Re: 20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

    Love you guys LOL
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    Maturing Puffer Fish rhounsell's Avatar


     

    Re: 20th Anniversary of Jack Kirby's Passing

    Very cool thread to post. Always nice to remember a great artist like this.

    I still to this day love my old comics and Kirby is a part of most of their origins.


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