Kirby by Mark Evanier
King of Comics

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Jack Kirby created or co-created some of comic books’ most popular characters including Captain America, The X-Men, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The Mighty Thor, Darkseid, and The New Gods. More significantly, he created much of the visual language for fantasy and adventure comics. There were comics before Kirby, but for the most part their page layout, graphics, and visual dynamic aped what was being done in syndicated newspaper strips. Almost everything that was different about comic books began in the forties on the drawing table of Jack Kirby. This is his story by one who knew him well—the authorized celebration of the one and only “King of Comics” and his groundbreaking work.

“I don’t think it’s any accident that . . . the entire Marvel universe and the entire DC universe are all pinned or rooted on Kirby’s concepts.” —Michael Chabon

About Mark Evanier

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Mark Evanier met Jack Kirby in 1969, worked as his assistant, and later became his official biographer. A writer and historian, Evanier has written more than 500 comics for Gold Key, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics, several hundred hours of television (including Garfield) and is the author of several books including Mad Art (2002). He has three Emmy Award nominations, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for animation from the Writers Guild of America.
Published February 22, 2008 by Abrams. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier 228pp, Abrams, £21 Jack Kirby (1917-94) created or co-created much of the superhero pantheon: Captain America, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Silver Surfer and dozens of others.

May 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Kirby: King of Comics

Oregon Live

In The New York Times' redesigned "Sunday Review" section, Brent Staples returns to the interminable debate over whether Stan Lee or Jack Kirby -- or a curious combination thereof -- was the real creative genius in the Marvel Age of Comics.

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Austin Chronicle

From the age of 17 to his death in 1994, at the age of 76, artist Jack Kirby devoted his life to creating an influential pop-culture iconography for the 20th century.

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... I will hold up my hand and admit it: up until now, the only Joe Simon and Jack Kirby collaboration that I'd ever read was their work on "Captain ...

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