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Jack Kirby : the epic life of the king of comics

by Scioli, Tom,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
This sweeping, full-color comic book biography tells the complete life story of Jack Kirby, co-creator of some of the most enduring superheroes and villains of the twentieth century for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and more. Critically acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Scioli breathes visual life into Kirby's life story--from his days growing up in New York during the Great Depression and discovering a love for science fiction and cartoons to his time on the frontlines in the European theatre of World War II where he experienced the type of action and adventure he'd later imbue his comic pages with, and on to his world-changing collaborations at Marvel with Stan Lee, where the pair redefined comics as a part of pop culture.

Just as every great superhero needs a villain to overcome, Kirby's story also includes his struggles to receive the recognition and compensation that he believed his work deserved. Scioli captures his moves from Marvel to DC and back again, showing how Kirby himself and later his family fought to preserve his artistic legacy.

Drawn from an unparalleled imagination and a life as exciting as his comic book tales, Kirby's super-creations have influenced subsequent generations of creatives in the comics field and beyond. Now, readers can experience the life and times of a comics titan through the medium that made him famous.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Scioli (the Gødland series) injects oomph into the already-energetic life story of the "King of Comics" through sweeping narrative and Scioli's trademark detailed page layouts. Told from the point of view of Kirby (1917--1994), the biography also acts as a history of the comics industry, from early strips to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Beginning with Kirby's hardscrabble upbringing in Manhattan's Lower East Side (remarkably similar to the back history he later gave the Thing, one of his most endearing creations), Scioli extensively documents the artist's career and personal life through a chummy and casual first-person narrative. Scioli recreates many of Kirby's panels from superhero, war, crime, and romance comics--threaded through Kirby's own experiences as a soldier and in love, for example--while his pompadour-adorned, wide-eyed figure of Kirby seems to pop from the page among a more realistically drawn supporting cast, just as his own heroes stood out as larger than life. Fans of Kirby's most famous Marvel comics will especially enjoy recollections of his collaboration with Stan Lee, which established the Marvel Universe in the 1960s. This is a must-read for Kirby fans, and beyond--it captures the mythos of the of the 20th century comic industry's golden age. Agent: Bob Mecoy, Creative Book Services. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Kirby, Jack -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Kirby, Jack.
Authors -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Artists -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Artists.
Authors.
Graphic novels.
Biographical comics.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Comics (Graphic works)
Publisher California :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 201 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-196) and index.
ISBN 9781984856906
1984856901
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