Posted by: John Kane on August 28, 2013
Ninety six years ago on this date Jacob Kurtzberg (1917 – 1994) was born. Life may harry me and life may hurry me but I will always find time to celebrate the birth of the man who became Jack Kirby; the man who became a King! The King of COMICS!!!
So, today I will be celebrating Jack Kirby’s 96th birthday by reading a Jack Kirby comic. Hardly an unusual occurrence there. Unusually though, I will also be donating $9.60 to The Kirby Family endorsed charity The Hero Initiative. It is a worthwhile and fine charity which aids members of the comic community who are in need. Howard Victor Chaykin is on the Disbursement Committe, and that’s just one awesome thing about The Hero Iniative.
So, on this day, Jack Kirby’s birthday, I will send them something in remembrance and celebration of Jack Kirby. You may wish to do so also. You may not wish to do so. I’m just throwing that out there. I’m not expecting anyone to do anything because I’m not asking anyone to do anything. I thank Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter for bringing this notion to my attention.
I do hope, however, that you take this day to particularly relish the medium to which Jack Kirby contributed so very, very much. The medium of – COMICS!!!
And now, at the risk of transforming from The Count Arthur Strong of bloggers to The Greg Land of bloggers, may I humbly present a visual (and typically sedate, low key and altogether dignified) tribute to Jack Kirby? Well, I’m going to:
(All images repurposed from SILVER STAR (2007, £25.99,VERY GOOD!) published by Image Comics. Except for photographs which I swooped in and stole like a magnificently amoral bird of prey.)
Happy Birthday, Jack Kirby!
Happy Birthday to The King of COMICS!!!
(Unprofessional Behaviour Continuation Notice: Circumstances once more dictate that I shall be unable to post for a short while. After that I shall endeavour to regain some semblance of regularity and aim for more diverse content. I’m talking about my posts not, you know, something else there. I know, sorry. Until then; be well and be happy!)