ENTER SANDMAN: How JACK KIRBY Hooked a Young ALEX ROSS

13 DAYS OF KIRBY 100: A modern master writes about how the King reeled him in.

Welcome to 13 DAYS OF KIRBY 100, our celebration of Jack Kirby’s centennial, produced in conjunction with TwoMorrows Publishing. Over 13 days, we’re serializing the publisher’s forthcoming book KIRBY 100, edited by Jon B. Cooke and featuring essays and artistic contributions by 100 of the biggest names in comics, such as John Byrne, Kelley Jones, Dave Gibbons and many, many others.

For the complete 13 DAYS OF KIRBY 100 Index of stories and features, click here.

I imagine there are 5-year-olds out there who pick up a comic book with Alex Ross’ art on the cover and are immediately struck by a world of possibility and adventure. Ross’ Rockwellesque style makes you believe not only that a man can fly but women and teens and all sorts of good guys and bad guys.

Jack Kirby is almost the opposite — a visionary whose latter-day approach was ever blockier and bombastic, less realistic and more powerful because of it. Yet it’s precisely the kind of art that captured the mind of a 5-year-old Alex Ross — as he tells it here:

NEXT: Meet the Man Who Bought a Kirby Original — for $50. Click here.

KIRBY 100 is due to be released 8/28, the King’s 100th anniversary. It will be available in stores, online and directly through TwoMorrows (click here to order).

For the complete 13 DAYS OF KIRBY 100 Index of stories and features, click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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