This year, legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby would have celebrated his 100th birthday. In honor of this special occasion, a fan campaign is calling for Google to honor the man behind many of today’s most popular comic book characters with his very own Google Doodle on his birthday: August 28, 2017.
The campaign has instructions on how to contribute: email Google with a passionate note on your reasons for requesting a Jack Kirby Google Doodle and spread word of the campaign on social media using the hashtag #doodleforjack.
Just about every day, Google releases a “Doodle,” or artwork that alters the search engine’s logo in order to celebrate a person, event or holiday. The first Google Doodle was created in 1998 to commemorate the Burning Man Festival.
Kirby got his start in comics in 1936 when he began drawing newspaper strips for the Lincoln Newspaper Syndicate. In 1940, Kirby would go on to create the character Captain America with writer Joe Simon for Timely Comics — a company that would rebrand itself as Atlas Comics, then as Marvel Comics. While at Marvel Comics, Kirby frequently paired with writer Stan Lee. Together, the duo created many of the most widely-known Marvel characters and teams to date, including the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and the X-Men.
Kirby left Marvel Comics in 1970 to create his Fourth World saga at DC Comics. While at DC Comics, Kirby created such series as New Gods, Mister Miracle and The Forever People. Kirby would later go on to create OMAC (One Man Army Corps), Kamandi, The Demon and Kobra.
Kirby’s contribution to the comics industry has long been acknowledged, as the artist was inducted into the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 1987 at the first ever Eisner Awards ceremony, along with Will Eisner and Carl Banks.
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