Jack Kirby was an inarguable titan of the comic book industry and quickly became one of the most influential voices in the history of the medium. Marvel announced that they won’t be forgetting Kirby’s massive contributions to comics and their own superhero universe anytime soon. Via a press release, the company declared August 22nd to the 28th to be Kirby Week, a celebration of the genius artist’s life and work concluding on what would have been his 99th birthday.
“Whether it was westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor or Super Heroes — Jack Kirby could do it all through genre-defining stories, and charted a decade-spanning course for graphic fiction as a whole,” the release stated.
Throughout the week, fans can check out a number of essays, podcasts and interviews dedicated to “The King,” including talks with his son, Neal, and comic book historian, Peter Sanderson. The first essay, a piece on Kirby’s creation of The Incredible Hulk, can be found over at Marvel’s official website.
Marvel encourages fans to use the hashtag #kirbyweek to share some of their favorite creations a “man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told.”
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