Marvel Launches JACK KIRBY WEEK in Honor of King’s 99th Birthday


When it comes to comic book legends, there is no greater name than that of Jack “The King” Kirby.

While Stan Lee may have garnered the majority of the credit over the years for Marvel’s catalogue of characters, recent years have seen fandom and scholars begin to acknowledge Kirby’s incredibly contributions. The New York-born creator was responsible for bringing the world Captain America, The Hulk, The Mighty Thor, and countless other Marvel characters. When he finally left the House of Ideas in 1970, he developed his Fourth World line-up, including Darkseid. In the more than eighty years of the industry, no single creator was more prolific than Jack Kirby.

Kirby passed away in 1994, but August 28th will mark what would have been the King’s 99th birthday. In honor of his contributions, Marvel Comics is launching a week-long celebration of Kirby’s life and career with a series of in-house articles exploring Kirby’s most iconic Marvel characters.


[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]

New York, NY—August 23rd, 2016— He’s the King of Comics! A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. All this week, join Marvel.com for a celebration devoted to all things Kirby with Marvel’s KIRBY WEEK

 

Jack “The King” Kirby is one of the founding fathers of the Marvel Universe and from August 22nd to the 28th–what would have been Kirby’s 99th birthday–Marvel will pay homage to the incredible and iconic contributions Kirby has made to the House of Ideas, entertainment, and pop-culture.

During KIRBY WEEK fans will get to explore how Jack Kirby brought his creative genius to the Marvel Universe through several articles devoted to “The King” himself. Check out the first in-depth article devoted to the origins of one of Jack’s most monstrous creations – The Incredible Hulk.

 

Marvel.com will also be releasing several podcasts speaking with Neal Kirby, as well as comic book historian, Peter Sanderson, for exclusive interviews on how Jack Kirby has influenced some of the most iconic creative voices and talent of today. Additionally, Marvel.com will also be sharing some of the most iconic moments from Jack Kirby’s historic catalogue of Marvel milestones all week long.

 

Whether it was westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor or Super Heroes – Jack Kirby could do it all through genre-defining stories, and charted a decade-spanning course for graphic fiction as a whole. Use #KirbyWeek on social media and share your favorite Jack Kirby stories, moments, art, and characters.

 

So join us this week for your chance to honor one of the masterminds behind the Marvel Universe through Marvel.com’s KIRBY WEEK. Hail to the King!


Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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