Saturday, May 22, 2010


The only person The Leopard can think of whose name should always be written in caps is the brilliant cartoonist JACK "KING" KIRBY,  creator and co-creator of some of the greatest characters ever conceived.  From his drawing board, the soft spoken Kirby dreamt up massive worlds of gods and monsters with such intense proliferation that they literally burst from the comic book pages. Captain America, Fantastic Four, Spider-man, The X-Men, The Hulk, Iron Man, Black Panther, Thor, The Avengers, Kamandi, Mr. Miracle - the list is truly endless. 

There would be no Marvel Comics without Jack.  Unlike his extroverted one-time colleague Stan Lee, Kirby at first never sought recognition. He saw himself as a working stiff doing his job. But as the characters he had a hand in creating grew more and more popular and others were becoming millionaires as a result, Kirby finally began to more fully appreciate his own phenomenal gifts.
Alas, too late.

But those in the know are aware of the true genius behind all those incredible characters: KING KIRBY.

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