Happy 101st Birthday Jack Kirby…

It would have been Jack Kirby's 101st birthday today. Remembered by friends, family and comics…

This is Jack Kirby in 1992. Erik, Jim and I are clearly giddy to be breathing the same air as Jack here. He would have been 101 years old today. Despite numerous engagements with him, this is the only picture I have with "The King Of Comics" a title he more than earned 100 times over. I've never known a brighter creative presence in any medium. I believe he is without equal in any creative field, my respect for him defies all description. Grab any comic book Jack Kirby touched and be wowed by its unparalleled magic. He was MAGIC. He was the best. The best character creator, the best storyteller, the best costume designer, his gestures and figures had an energy that we are all trying to match. Comic books is a visual medium, the pictures matter the most which sets us apart from novels. His talent is why you love his creations including Hulk, Fantastic Four, The Thing, X-Men, Silver Surfer, Thor, Captain America, Black Panther, Iron Man, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Darkseid, New Gods, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, OMAC, Demon, Eternals! Marvel never happens without Jack Kirby's immense talent and discipline. He was a sweetheart of a man, opening his home early and often to talents young and established. Love you Jack, you are the greatest of all time. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK KIRBY!!!

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