IDW Celebrates Jack Kirby With 100th Birthday Comic Con Panel And Original Art Show

Marena Bronson

July 2nd, 2017

IDW Celebrates Jack Kirby With 100th Birthday Comic Con Panel And Original Art Show

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby's birth. Artist and creator or co-creator of such characters as the X-Men, Captain America, Silver Surfer, The New Gods, The Avengers, Mister Miracle, Thor, the Hulk and hundreds more, Kirby remains one of the most prolific and influential comic artists of all time. IDW honoured the visionary creator this year at San Diego Comic Con 2017 with a special 100th birthday celebration panel and art show, featuring 1,300 images of original Kirby art. 

IDW Celebrates Jack Kirby With 100th Birthday Comic Con Panel And Original Art Show

The birthday tribute, hosted by IDW President Greg Goldstein, featured a multi-media display of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby’s original artwork - the largest showing ever-selected from the eight Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition books IDW has published, as well as additional not-yet-published pages that will be new to fans of the books. “There’s never been a larger or more impressive collection of Kirby visuals in public,” said Goldstein.

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Comic legends Walter Simonson (Thor, Alien, Ragnarok) and Kevin Eastman (co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) were on hand to discuss Kirby’s continued influence. Also present was IDW PDX Creative Director Dirk Wood and IDW Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier, the editor of IDW’s award-winning Artist’s Editions series. “Jack Kirby was the most important comic artist of all time, and we could not be more pleased to help celebrate his enduring legacy,” said Dunbier.

In addition to his importance, Kirby was also incredibly productive, penciling 15 pages or more each week during marathon days at his drawing board, lasting upward of 12 hours. In spite of the astounding rate at which he worked, nearly all the pages he left behind are a master class in design, layout, and imagination, made even more impressive by the fact that Kirby was almost completely self-taught.

Panel attendees saw hundreds of pieces from Kirby’s tenure at both DC and Marvel, including selections from Fantastic Four, Mister Miracle, Thor, The Forever People, and more, printed so clearly that the whiteout, eraser marks, and blue-line notes are all visible, giving a behind-the-scenes look at some of Kirby’s biggest hits.

“One of the things that IDW is most committed to as a company is the preservation and proper display of classic comics, and we could not be more excited and proud to show off these original pages in celebration of all that Kirby accomplished,” Goldstein said. “We’re grateful to our partners at Marvel and DC, and of course to the Kirby family, for the opportunity to publish these beautiful and important books.”

The panel took place Saturday, July 22nd, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

To purchase any of the IDW Jack Kirby Artist's Edition books, which feature high-quality reproductions of Kirby's art printed the same size it was originally drawn at, visit your local comic shop or get them directly from IDW.

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You can also learn more about Jack Kirby and his amazing legacy by visiting the Kirby Museum.



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