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Happy birthday, Jack Kirby!

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Happy birthday, Jack Kirby!

While the East Coast was reeling from Hurricane Irene this weekend, much of the rest of comicdom was celebrating an elemental force of the art form’s own: Jack Kirby, the King of Comics, would have been 94 yesterday. As always, the best tribute comes from Tom Spurgeon, who has assembled a massive, gorgeous image gallery in homage to the titanically talented cartoonist. Tom does this every year, and every year he describes it — accurately — as “a tiny, even insignificant sample of his awesome image-making power.” All of us involved in any way in the North American segment of comics are forever in Kirby’s debt, some more directly than others, and the minutes spent looking at this gallery burn away the controversy so that the size and scope of his achievement and his contribution to this medium shine out more clearly than ever. Go and gaze upon the tiger force at the heart of the art form we all love.

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