Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy 94th to the late "King" Kirby!


James Baker said...

What a monster artist he was.

Greenblatt the Great! said...

Yes, and what a monster artist he was - great monster comics!

Jack Kirby (Jacob Kurtzberg) was truly a force of nature, not just in comics but well beyond in the pop culture.

People will debate how "good" an artist he was or whether his stylized art is genius or often very hack-y (we know, he was no Neal Adams in the realism department), but the art was only one element of what made his work so influential. It was the scope of his imagination and his visual invention, creating whole worlds from cloth.

And some of the greatest character designs ever. He was definitely a genius when it came to creating complex looking characters such as Galactus, the New Gods, etc.

Who else could have come up with a design like Galactus? Who else could come up with designs like that so routinely?

Only Jack!

God bless his memory and the continued fascination with and the influence of his work.

Greenblatt the Great! said...

By the way, some of my favorite Kirby designs include Galactus, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Doom, Machine Man, Black Bolt, Titan, Blastaar the Living Bomb Burst, Thor, Modok, Captain America, the Red Skull. Those are just off the top of my head...

Anyone else got some favorites?