His artistry was, and remains, so innovative and influential in the comic book zeitgeist that the industry named awards after him. Heck, they even named a visual image after him: the affectionately known, “Kirby Krackle.”
How pervasive is writer and artist Jack Kirby in pop culture?
You can scan the litany of comic book characters that the man created or co-created and you’d be certain to find dozens that are your favourites. From the globally renowned Captain America, Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men series of characters, to the populace’s burgeoning awareness of Darkseid and Black Panther, to the more niche creations of Kamandi, Etrigan the Demon and Destroyer Duck. With Kirby, the list of great characters goes on and on and on.
Without him, pop culture and comic books wouldn’t be at all what we know it to be today.
This August marks the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby and we here at Biff Bam Pop! mean to celebrate that auspicious centennial with a plethora of written accolades all summer long!
This is your cordial invitation to our #Kirby100 party!
Status, ruling class, and sub species.
And “King” Jack Kirby.
The theme of social status was the starting point of Kirby’s New Gods comic book title when he strode across the publishing divide, walking away from Marvel Comics and turning his talents and ideas to rival DC Comics.
And boy did he bring ideas and characters that still reverberate nearly five decades later: Darkseid, the Anti-Life Equation, New Genesis, Apokolips, gods, monsters, destiny… and politics.
Not to mention the visionary publishing invention of interlocking titles that constitute one, finite story.
Still, social status was only one of the themes of Jack Kirby’s “Fourth World” series of those interlocking comic book titles that included New Gods, Mister Miracle, The Forever People and Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olson.
That story of social status continues, with a new generation of great creators in this week’s release of Bug!: The Adventures Of A Forager #1!
The uncharted ether of imagination.
That’s what brings us to today.
Over the last month and a half, we’ve begun unofficially celebrating the year of comic book legend Jack Kirby’s birth here at Biff Bam Pop! The “King” as he’s affectionately called, would be 100 years young this year…and make no mistake, his many pop culture creations live long and strong.
You know many of them: Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Hulk, Silver Surfer, X-Men, etc., etc., etc.
Without Kirby, you could argue there would be no superhero comics, no Marvel Cinematic Universe, no Wednesday Run!
But beyond those characters listed, did you know about Kirby’s early 1970’s Fourth World creations: his “Cosmic Odyssey”? It was a series of interconnected titles that would tell one complete story, a publishing revelation, far ahead of its time!
Well, look no further than today release of the Kirby-inspired, late twentieth century release of, Cosmic Odyssey: The Deluxe Edition – and discover the King’s imagination run rampant across the universe!
The comic book medium is able to tell all kinds of stories, but often of late, the stories meant for kids has become something of an afterthought. That’s not to say that there aren’t great kids comics being published – there are. That’s just to say that the reading age of those that are actively interested in comic books has risen over the last three decades…and comic book companies have catered to that older demographic in their publications.
It’s great to see that, especially as we approach the holidays – a time of wonderment and excitement for children (and their parents) – that DC Comics has decided it’s apt time to publish something pretty wonderful for kids (and their parents).
Today sees the release of the super-awesome Super Powers #1!
I mean, as filmgoers and comic book fans, we could all be witnessing the glorious renaissance of a shaky film franchise… or we could be spectators to the greatest ruin of pop-culture potential in our lifetime.
And really, with Suicide Squad, it could go either way. Where are you putting your bets?
We here at Biff Bam Pop! know to put our bets on Easter Eggs, those glorious in-the-know nods to storylines, characters, or pop culture history, hidden inside the films we watch and love.
For regardless of how the eagerly-anticipated Suicide Squad does at the box office this weekend (and over the coming weeks), you can be sure the filmmakers have dusted their offering with Easter Eggs from comic books of yore…and the hoped-for film sequels.
Here, then, are two of Biff Bam Pop’s contributors, detailing the Easter Eggs they’d love to see in the Suicide Squad film!
Earlier this month, in anticipation of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Biff Bam Pop! contributors and comic book enthusiasts Glenn Walker, Justin Mohareb and JP Fallavollita each listed the Top 3 Easter Eggs that they wanted to see in the film.
You can find that particular post right here, but today, after viewing the movie on opening weekend, these three DC Comics aficionados are going to revisit the secret nods to comic book lore they were hoping to find:
Justin, with his secret (or not-so-secret) love of: Darkseid, the Multiverse, crazy comic book Geography and, of course, cinema whimsy.
Glenn, with his all-consuming desire for: Atlantis, Amazonian magic and bona fide heroics.
JP, with his obscure and obtuse needs for: Green Lantern Corps, Brainiac and (an unhealthy) and meaningful Suicide Squad tie-in.
Did they get what they wanted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Only the jump knows for sure!
With the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film only ten days away from release, we here at Biff Bam Pop! thought it was high time to ask some of our most interested (and often affected) DC Universe enthusiasts what they might want to see as Easter Eggs in the film.
You know. Easter Eggs: those hidden gems of story or nods to characters, situations, etc., from the winding canon of comic book history that only the most hard-core of hard-core fans would ever recognize – and probably appreciate.
We know that the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film will be the hoped-for inciting point for everything that will come afterwards in the DC Cinematic Universe. Can the filmmakers make links to what comes next in an altogether intuitive, interesting and non-obtrusive way?
Here, then, are 9 Eater Eggs that three Biff Bam Pop writers want to see in the blockbuster film. Give them a read, and then tell us what yours might be, fan-boy and fan-girl!
Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.
It’s been a year or so since this superhero team has had their own title in the DC Comics Universe, but perhaps soon that will change. The Legion of Super-Heroes began as a one-off, a silly concept in a Superboy story, then grew into one of the most enduring continuities in the DCU, almost an entire universe unto itself. Meet me after the jump when I’ll talk about my love of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Marvel Comics released an original graphic novel this week, Avengers: Rage of Ultron, written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Jerome Opena, with Pepe Larraz, and additional inks by Mark Morales. Supposedly in continuity the story pits the Avengers of today and yesterday against the threat of Ultron, ending with mind-boggling circumstances and an insubstantial cliffhanger. The title nails it – rage, which is what I felt while reading it. Be prepared for spoilers, and meet me after the time jump for my angry thoughts about Rage of Ultron.