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'Comic Book Apocalypse' celebrates the art of Jack Kirby

Just four days before what would've been Jack Kirby's 98th birthday, an exhibition opens today at California State University, Northridge that celebrates the artist's legendary career.

Titled "Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby," the exhibit focuses largely on his later superhero and sci-fi work, from about 1965 on. “We call the show ‘Comic Book Apocalypse’ because when you’re dealing with Kirby, nothing less than the end of everything is at stake,” said curator Charles Hatfield, an English professor at CSUN and author of  “Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby."

The exhibition is the largest gallery show of Kirby's art in the United States, and the first to be held at a university. “This kind of exhibition is long overdue,” said Hatfield, who describes Kirby as a “neglected giant of American comics and popular culture.”

"Comic Book Apocalypse" continues through Oct. 10 in the main gallery of the CSUN Art Galleries. See some of the art from the exhibit below, and read a lengthy interview with Hatfield at The Comics Reporter.

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