Happy 96th Birthday Jack Kirby

2012-08-27-jack_kirby_young-533x358Jack Kirby.

One of the biggest names in comics, creator of a large corner of the Marvel Comics Universe, as well as his fair share of books over at DC.

He would have been 96 years old today.

Happy Birthday Mr. Kirby.

Mr. Kirby is one of my favorite artist and creators. Two of my favorite comics of all time Eternals at Marvel and Kamandi from DC are creations of his. Would have loved to have had the chance to have met him before he passed.

One of my favorite Jack Kirby Drawings:

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A small selection of some of my Favorite Kirby Covers:

(Click on images to see full version)

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My Art – Homage to Kirby with the Ducks

534308_10150789322836750_230431812_nWhen Don Rosa makes an appearance at a convention he always has an assortment of prints with him.

A large number of these prints are famous comic book covers with the original characters replaced with characters from the Duck Universe.

I always loved that idea and one boring winter day I thought it would be fun to take a shot at making one myself. The cover I chose was Fantastic Four #49 drawn by the King himself, Jack Kirby.49-1 (2)

The issue, “If This Be Doomsday!”, was the continuation of the first appearance of the villain Galactus in the the Marvel Universe. It is a classic comic in every sense of the word, and one of my favorite comic covers of all time.

In my version I chose to reverse the roles. Galactus and Silver Surfer would be Scrooge and Donald while the Fantastic Four would be filled by various members of the Beagle Boys Gang.

I really liked how the drawing turned out. If I could change something about it, I would change the Beagle Boys. They come off as being flat to me, and I would have liked them to be more dynamic, to actually convey a sense of movement and pop off the page. When I was done with the drawing, I scanned the image in and did some basic flat coloring. I never went back and did any shading on it though.

 

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TOMD – Superhero Squad Fantastic Four

mshsffI have been in love with this line of toys since it started… (and all of it’s cousins GIJOE, Star Wars and Dr.Who)

Image wise the Fantastic Four have always been one of my favorites. Having said that I have to admit that I don’t think that I have read more then 20 of their comics in my whole Comic reading life…

You can expect to be seeing a whole lot more of these guys show up here. I have tons of these… Of course most of them are in the toy box and are played with by littleduck and I… but there are some that just live on the desk.

And 12 I just love!

And here are the 12 covers that are just big favorites of mine…

Here they are:

12favesHoward the Duck #12
Hulk #1
Fantastic Four #49
Fantastic Four #72
Kamandi #1
Star Wars #15
Uncanny X-Men #141
Uncanny X-Men #264
Uncanny X-Men #268
Uncanny X-Men #274
Uncanny X-Men #277
X-Factor #1