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“WAM!” PEOPLE! A King is Born!

John Kane

On August 28th 1917 Jacob Kurtzberg was born. As Jack Kirby he changed the shape of comics. You may have heard of him. This time out I take a back seat and let Jack Kirby speak for himself in the language in which he was most fluent; the language of  COMICS!!!


But first, Jack Kirby’s granddaughter has a message for his fans HERE.

And now our Feature Presentation:

Jack Kirby (1917 – 1994)


All images were sourced from:


By Jack Kirby, Mike Royer and D. Bruce Berry
DC Comics, $39.99 (2009)

Happy Birthday, Jack Kirby (1917 – 1994) for you are forever EXCELLENT!!!

(With apologies to the work of Clive James.)

4 Responses to “ “WAM!” PEOPLE! A King is Born! ”

  1. Kirby! A well deserved tribute to the hand that made Marvel.

    As a kid, I thought his art was a little rough around the corners and kneecaps and elbows. I couldn’t yet wrap my little mind around these artistic exaggerations. Despite that, he somehow made my mind ache and question art. Why couldn’t I look away? He really bent my mind with Jimmy Olsen, Captain America and the Black Panther. (I see it as a badge of honor DC wouldn’t let him draw Superman’s face). He was a hip square. Not sexy and fluid like Neal Adams or Barry Windsor Smith, who came later. Only later in life have I truly come to truly appreciate Kirby.

    The King is dead. Long live the King!

  2. […] John Kane sets off some visual fireworks with a roundup of Kirby’s sound effects at The Savage […]

  3. Nice one, John K! May I also highly recommend the Comics Reporter Kirby-Day gallery, also excellent if not quite so single-minded in purpose as yours.


  4. Thanks all. I hope everyone read a Kirby comic!

    I’d just like to say that my picture thang is a lot larger than that but there appear to be some size restrictions in Photobucket and WordPress I was unaware of. So, um, the effect didn’t quite come off there did it. What with it being all postage stam sized and all. Ah well. It’s the thought that counts.

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