Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Jack Kirby's B-Day

Heidi MacDonald at The Beat has a nice post about Jack Kirby seeing as how today is his birthday… he would have been 90.

What can I say about Jack that others haven’t said in much more eloquent and appropriate prose? He was so important to the medium of comics it’s impossible to imagine what they’d be like without him. There was a time when I was young, when I though he style was passé, but of course I was immature and stupid. Now, I know he’s one of the greats. Everything I love about comics is tied to the energy and talent captured in his lifetime of work. Nowadays I can just stare at his art. It’s timeless. Jack’s the blue-collar Picasso. He captures a punch like Monet captures a water lily, or an explosion like Dali recreates a nightmare. You feel it in the gut and it flies off the page. He’s a cosmic armada and backstreet brawl all in one.



Don Snabulus said...

Sounds like he was a great person as well as a great talent. That is a wonderful quality.

Arkonbey said...

You nailed Kirby's place right on the head with the artist comparisons. If you take him at face value, you get one type of face, three expressions and questionable anatomy. But, if you really look, what he was doing with compositions and movement was groundbreaking.

And nobody could do Asgardian architecture like Kirby.

Mark Evanier wrote a little tribute this week.

Swinebread said...

snab - he was...

arkonbey - Kirby's the real deal. I'm glad that came across in the post.