Jack Kirby, born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium.
I’ve had a couple of books signed by Neil Gaiman since 1997, so when, a couple of years ago I had the chance to go to another signing, I decided to get something a bit special for someone else. I admit it made a lot more sense at the time, but I asked him to do a Galactus sketch on the cover of Fantastic Four #48.
He was a bit surprised (and so were the staff at the stand), but as I had bought a couple of books and there was no one else on the queue, he had no way out. Here’s the result:
Here’s the sketch in a close-up (I have blurred the name of the recipient, but this is real):
And for all you people wondering if I am just making this up, here’s a few pics of Neil doing the sketch:
Good sport, that Gaiman! I am not sure many people would have done it … By the way, I checked and this happened back in 2007. Time flies! But, at the same time, here we are waiting for a new Sandman project … Looks great too!
I caught a glimpse of Idiocracy yesterday on TV, and again I can’t help feel that Terry Crews’ character, President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, has jumped out directly from a 70’s Kirby comic (anything from his Captain America Mindbomb run to Kamandi), if only aesthetically. So I decided to give it a try, by quick-coloring a Conan illustration by Jack Kirby and this only reaffirms my feeling:
I was googling the covers Kirby did for Verotik (Danzig’s comic company) and unexpectedly fell upon Glenn Danzig interviewing Jack Kirby, which I didn’t know had happened, but I am not really surprised about (with Danzig being such a huge Kirby fan).
Anyway, here are the covers (not Kirby’s greatest work, but still Kirby):
Satanika #8 variant cover by Jack Kirby
Akuma-She Illustrations variant cover by Jack Kirby
I confess I was unaware about this until a while ago, but Jack Kirby drew 3 covers for the Ghost Rider back in the 70’s, so I decided to put them in this scrapbook of the subconscious that I call website:
As you might have seen on the collage I posted a few posts ago with my collection of inter-company crossovers, I am a bit obsessed with them at the moment. The quality is generally very poor but there’s something inherently fun about them.
I would like to take this moment to call for a minute of silence to the following crossovers, which might never happen:
Darkseid vs Thanos commission by Jim Starlin
Batman beating Wolverine commission by John Byrne
Boba Fett vs Deadpool by Ed McGuinness for the Last Man Standing section of the Wizard magazine
Lion-o vs He-Man by Ed McGuinness for the Last Man Standing section of the Wizard magazine
Only piece of art created for the announced but never started Batman / Gen 13 crossover
DC elseworlds Last Man Standing by Arthur Adams
Wolverine vs Batman by Mike Wieringo for the Last Man Standing section of the Wizard magazine
Deadpool and Lobo commission by Reilly Brown
Batman vs Spider-Man by Michael Turner for the Last Man Standing section of the Wizard magazine
Spider-Man and Spawn cover by J, Scott Campbell for Wizard
Hellboy vs Spawn by Mike Mignola for the Last Man Standing section of the Wizard magazine