Most any comic book fan knows that Jack Kirby is a legend in the industry. The late comic book creator is responsible for the invention of such characters as Captain America, the Hulk, and virtually ever character from Marvel’s golden age.
Now that Disney is the parent company to Marvel, the massive media conglomerate intends to honor Kirby wth the Disney Legends Award.
Set for presentation at this summer’s D23 Expo, Kirby will join a field which includes Star Wars’ legendary actors Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, as well as Kirby’s creative partner Stan Lee.
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New York, NY—June 16, 2017— This July, Jack Kirby will be honored for his remarkable creative achievements as a Disney Legend in a ceremony to be held at D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event in Anaheim, California. Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Award ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 14, in Hall D23 during D23 Expo 2017.
JACK KIRBY first grabbed our attention in the spring of 1941 with Captain America, a character he created with Joe Simon. Kirby then followed this debut with a prolific output of comic books in the Western, Romance, and Monster genres–all a prelude to his defining work helping to create the foundations of the Marvel Universe. For the next decade, Kirby and co-creator Stan Lee would introduce a mind-boggling array of new characters and teams — including the Avengers, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Panther, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Inhumans. Kirby was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame’s 1987 inaugural class and continued creating comics throughout the ’90s before passing away in 1994.
Other honorees of this year’s Legends Award are Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.
Please join us as we honor JACK KIRBY as he is inducted as a prestigious Disney Legend at D23 Expo 2017. For more information about the Disney Legends and D23 Expo, visit D23expo.com.