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Jack Kirby created or co-created some of comic books' most popular characters including Captain America, The X-Men, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The Mighty Thor, Darkseid, and The New Gods. More significantly, he created much of the visual language for fantasy and adventure comics. There were comics before Kirby, but for the most part their page layout, graphics, and visual dynamic aped what was being done in syndicated newspaper strips. Almost everything that was different about comic books began in the forties on the drawing table of Jack Kirby. This is his story by one who knew him well — the authorized celebration of the one and only "King of Comics" and his groundbreaking work.

Original pull-out poster art by Alex Ross.

In July 2007, the U.S. Post Office will unveil 20 Marvel Comics postage stamps, 8 of which will feature Jack Kirby artwork.

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"As a teenager, future television and comics writer Evanier became an assistant to Jack Kirby, one of the foremost artists in the history of American comics. Kirby played a major role in shaping the superhero genre, not only through his innovative, dynamic artwork but through collaborating with Stan Lee to create classic Marvel characters like the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and the X-Men. Evanier has now written this magnificently illustrated biography of his mentor. Rather than employing the academic prose that one might expect from an art book, Evanier, a talented raconteur, tells Kirby's life story in an informal, entertaining manner. Although Evanier does not delve into psychological analysis, he brings Kirby's personality vividly alive: a child of the Great Depression, a creative visionary who struggled most of his life to support his family. The book recounts how Kirby was insufficiently appreciated by clueless corporate executives and close-minded comics professionals. But the stunning artwork in this book, taken from private collections, makes the case for Kirby's genius. A landmark work, this is essential reading for comics fans and those who want to better understand the history of the comics medium — or those who just want to enjoy Kirby's incredible artwork." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Jack Kirby, possibly the greatest of American comic book artists, battled his whole life, first in a kid gang, then as an infantryman in World War II. Then he fought against the shortsighted corporations who ran his medium of expression — funny books — as if his contributions hardly mattered. With the rising academic interest in comics, new battles have erupted over whether he had artistic intent... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"I don't think it's any accident that...the entire Marvel universe and the entire DC universe are all pinned or rooted on Kirby's concepts." Michael Chabon

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"Evanier successfully evokes the proper mystique and respect for this creative giant while revealing his human side. Since his death, a handful of books has attempted to showcase or grant insight into Jack Kirby, but none has succeeded quite like Kirby: King of Comics, the perfect tribute to both the artist and the man." Austin Chronicle

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"[A] lavish celebration....Evanier, who knew Kirby for twenty-five years and worked as his assistant, treats him as a superhero in his own right..." J. Hoberman, BookForum

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"Mark Evanier's superbly designed, suitably giant Kirby: King of Comics tells how this workhorse genius (1917–94) created most of the Marvel Comics "universe" almost single-handedly....This book's king is heroic, tragic, and visionary." Entertainment Weekly

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"Lavishly infused with Kirby's art, Mark Evanier's heartfelt biography/homage successfully invokes the proper awe and respect for this creative giant while revealing his human side." SFSite.com

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Jack Kirby created or co-created some of comic books most popular characters, including Captain America, the X-Men, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. More significantly, he created much of the visual language for fantasy and adventure comics. Official Kirby biographer Mark Evanier delivers this authorized celebration of the one and only King of Comics and his groundbreaking work.

About the Author

Mark Evanier met Jack Kirby in 1969, worked as his assistant, and later became his official biographer. A writer and historian, Evanier has written more than 500 comics for Gold Key, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics, several hundred hours of television (including Garfield) and is the author of several books including Mad Art (2002). He has three Emmy Award nominations, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for animation from the Writers Guild of America.

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Rory Murray, February 19, 2008 (view all comments by Rory Murray)
To say that Jack Kirby was a genius is obvious. His artwork leaps from the page. He had a hand in creating not only classic Superheroes, but also the Western and Romance genre of comics. But what is less obvious is that Jack was also a kind and generous soul, who cared deeply for his fans and for the human condition.
Mark Evanier is the perfect and logical choice to tell the colorful history of "The King Of Comics", because he was there in person for much of it since the late 1960's! Mark is a wonderful storyteller and is (as Jack still is...) an integral part of Comic-Con in San Diego, CA.
I have personally been looking forward to this book for years now. As the "King" himself used to say..."Don't Ask! Just Buy It!!"

-Rory Murray
San Bernardino, CA
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ISBN:
9780810994478
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Evanier, Mark
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ABRAMS
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Gaiman, Neil
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Gaiman, Neil
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Gaiman, Neil
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Individual Artist
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United states
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Cartoonists
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Popular Culture - General
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Techniques - Cartooning
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Artists, Architects, Photographers
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Popular Culture
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Comics; Art; Marvel; DC Comics
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Cartoonists -- United States.
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Kirby, Jack
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Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
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1
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20080331
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HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
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224 pages, 9"x12 1/4"
Pages:
224
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12.25 x 9.00 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As a teenager, future television and comics writer Evanier became an assistant to Jack Kirby, one of the foremost artists in the history of American comics. Kirby played a major role in shaping the superhero genre, not only through his innovative, dynamic artwork but through collaborating with Stan Lee to create classic Marvel characters like the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and the X-Men. Evanier has now written this magnificently illustrated biography of his mentor. Rather than employing the academic prose that one might expect from an art book, Evanier, a talented raconteur, tells Kirby's life story in an informal, entertaining manner. Although Evanier does not delve into psychological analysis, he brings Kirby's personality vividly alive: a child of the Great Depression, a creative visionary who struggled most of his life to support his family. The book recounts how Kirby was insufficiently appreciated by clueless corporate executives and close-minded comics professionals. But the stunning artwork in this book, taken from private collections, makes the case for Kirby's genius. A landmark work, this is essential reading for comics fans and those who want to better understand the history of the comics medium — or those who just want to enjoy Kirby's incredible artwork." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "I don't think it's any accident that...the entire Marvel universe and the entire DC universe are all pinned or rooted on Kirby's concepts."
"Review" by , "Evanier successfully evokes the proper mystique and respect for this creative giant while revealing his human side. Since his death, a handful of books has attempted to showcase or grant insight into Jack Kirby, but none has succeeded quite like Kirby: King of Comics, the perfect tribute to both the artist and the man."
"Review" by , "[A] lavish celebration....Evanier, who knew Kirby for twenty-five years and worked as his assistant, treats him as a superhero in his own right..."
"Review" by , "Mark Evanier's superbly designed, suitably giant Kirby: King of Comics tells how this workhorse genius (1917–94) created most of the Marvel Comics "universe" almost single-handedly....This book's king is heroic, tragic, and visionary."
"Review" by , "Lavishly infused with Kirby's art, Mark Evanier's heartfelt biography/homage successfully invokes the proper awe and respect for this creative giant while revealing his human side."
"Synopsis" by , Jack Kirby created or co-created some of comic books most popular characters, including Captain America, the X-Men, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. More significantly, he created much of the visual language for fantasy and adventure comics. Official Kirby biographer Mark Evanier delivers this authorized celebration of the one and only King of Comics and his groundbreaking work.
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