Saturday, September 12, 2009

When exactly did Jack Kirby become awesome?

When one thinks of Jack Kirby and his awesomeness, one naturally thinks of the furious explosion of influential work he produced in the 1960s for Marvel. But when exactly did Kirby become awesome?

I haven't done any sort of serious inquiry into the matter, but as these panels of the Golden Age Vision blowing up dinosaurs with dynamite from Marvel Mystery Comics #16 (recently reprinted in Mystic Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1) clearly demonstrate...



...it was definitely at some point before 1941.

7 comments:

LurkerWithout said...

August 28, 1917

bwmedia said...

There is awesome, and then there is AWESOME! And then there's Kirby. Not to mention Vision.

Jeremy H said...

Cap's fist. Hitler's face.

Kirby has always been awesome.

inkdestroyedmybrush said...

hell yes, what jeremy said.\

look at the old blue beetle strips that jack did in 1939 and 1940, they show the roots of it: less concern with anatomy and more concern with ACTION, especially with dramatic lighting.

The cover of Cap #1 just puts it all in one beautiful crystallized moment of Jewish American frustration!

mordicai said...

WTF AMAZING

Bridget Callahan said...

OH MY GOD.

jjjiii said...

The proper question is when has Kirby ever NOT been awesome?

Answer: Never.