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KIRBYOLOGY: Jack Kirby’s Gigantic, Inspiring Imagination

KIRBYOLOGY: Jack Kirby’s Gigantic, Inspiring Imagination

Jack Kirby thought big — literally. Some of Kirby’s most memorable characters were space giants, sea monsters, orange freaks, and cosmic colossuses that towered over his other characters, who weren’t exactly teacup poodles. But even Ben Grimm is an ant compared to Galactus. I feel small lately. 2018 has been a parade of small minds, nonexistent

KIRBYOLOGY: The Glory of Jack Kirby and Geof Darrow’s Mad Machinery

My favorite comic artists are Jack Kirby (duh) and Geof Darrow. Aside from their prodigious, unearthly imaginations, they wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common — though they did share a workplace for a while, toiling in animation for Hanna-Barbera. The experience wasn’t a creative peak for either, athough it honed Darrow’s skills and

KIRBYOLOGY: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, and the Relief of Not Knowing It All

I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey for the zillionth time recently (at Chicago’s wonderful Music Box Theater). As usual, I loved the film. My only regret? Not being high. As this classic tale of ape people, less-hairy ape people, insane computers, and mysterious monoliths unfolded, I couldn’t help thinking about Jack Kirby’s massive treasury adaptation

The Comics Classroom: Captain America as Modern American Myth

With the global impact of Avengers: Infinity War still raging on in theaters around the world, I think now is as good a time as any (possibly, the best time, even) to address something about comics. I am very invested in what I can only call at the moment ‘comic mythology,’ a term I am

KIRBYOLOGY Interview: Ed Piskor on Jack Kirby, His Inkers, and Things You Can Only Do in Comics

One of the highlights of Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design is a vibranium-fueled panel featuring Jack Kirby’s most famous creation: In my Kirby-centric conversation with Piskor — Part 1 is here — I expressed admiration for this Nazi-bashing scene. To me, this action-packed panel is like a window into an alternate universe where Piskor did Captain

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA #700

CAPTAIN AMERICA #700 Written by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee Art by Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson, Joe Caramagna, Jack Kirby Edited by Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: April 11, 2018 As Mark Waid’s “King Captain America” story draws to an abrupt, slapdash close, at least it can be said that the

KIRBYOLOGY Interview: Ed Piskor on X-MEN, Flea Markets, and Gangsters

As a wee lad and puny teen, I loved the X-Men. I haven’t given a mutated shit for decades. Well, the movies are pretty good. But X-Men comics? Eh. Yet somehow, I am once again geeked beyond reason for an X-Men comic: Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design, which retells the X-Men saga in the style

KIRBYOLOGY: The Sublime Joys of Jack Kirby’s Names

Jack Kirby is my religion, and like all religions, Unorthodox Kirbyism can be a strange duck. And I’m not talking about Destroyer Duck, created by Kirby and Steve Gerber. Let’s talk about Kirby’s character names—in all their Ugly Mannheim glory. For some, names like Scott Free and Baron Von Evilstein are evidence of how much

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