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!
Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.
Today’s guest Tales From The Long Box columnist is JP Fallavollita.
“Gone, gone the form of man, rise the demon Etrigan!”
Fresh from a memorable guest appearance within the pages of Alan Moore’s critically acclaimed Swamp Thing series – an appearance that served to rejuvenate the character – the demon known as Etrigan received his own four-issue mini series in late 1986. Written and illustrated by Matt Wagner, at that time best known for his independent comic book work, this Demon series followed directly from the Moore interpretation: a gothic-inspired, vicious, manipulative…and rhyming demon!
Find out more about The Demon after the jump!
It’s another Wednesday on the comic book store shelves and it’s another DC title that gets my attention. Sorry to all you Marvel lovers out there, but this was always going to be DC’s month. Still, if you just need to read a comic, any comic from the “House of Ideas,” then go pick up Ultimate Comics Spider-Man # 1. Not for the fact that Spider-Man is now Miles Morales, a teenager of African-American and Latino decent, which might prove interesting in itself, but for the amazing Sara Pichelli artwork!
I’ve already discussed my 10 most anticipated titles of DC’s new 52 comics appearing throughout the month (you can read about them here and here), but it’s Demon Knights that has raised my eyebrow this week. Read the rest of this entry