The King was born 102 years ago…
All things considered, isn’t it kind of strange that the only times the late Jack Kirby — born Aug. 28, 1917 — really got to dig into the Justice League is through the Super Powers toy tie-in series?
I mean, it’s not weird when you consider how his career played out, but it is odd in the big picture.
Anyway, it’s Kirby’s birthday, so it’s time for a 13 COVERS salute. And for no reason other than it’s an offbeat itch to scratch, this year we’re highlighting those 1980s series.
Now, thing is, Kirby only did 11 covers because there were only 11 issues spread across the two miniseries on which he worked. (He plotted the initial 1984 series and pencilled the final issue. He pencilled the second, 1985-86 series.) So to fill out the gallery, I’ve included two interior pages that I dig — especially the rare instance where the King got to draw Batman in action.
And long live the King!
— The Monster Movies That Inspired JACK KIRBY. Click here.
— JACK KIRBY: Comics Pros Pay Tribute to the King. Click here.
Cover images and credits from the senses-shattering Grand Comics Database.