Let’s talk about the King!
Arlen Schumer’s monthly Great Comic Book Artists of the Silver Age webinar series continues in March with an installment on none other than the King himself — Jack Kirby.
The webinar is free this month and will run March 31 at 6 p.m. ET via Zoom. (Click here to join. Meeting ID: 885 0052 0014. Passcode: 610034.)
Not that the King needs an introduction, but here’s what Arlen plans to cover:
What Elvis was to rock & roll—what Babe Ruth was to baseball—what Picasso was to Modern Art—Jack Kirby was to comic book art.
— He created or co-created a nearly endless stream of characters and concepts, from Captain America to almost all the Marvel Universe superheroes, that now form the foundations of American film and television empires;
— He developed entire comic book genres, like romance comics;
— He defined his own graphic vocabulary, much like D.W. Griffith did for film, that has influenced generations of artists, writers and storytellers.
But as great as Kirby’s successes were, he himself is also one of the greatest victims of the corporate system that denied a creator ownership of his creations.
And therein lies the heart of the Kirby story: his comics, his creations, his credit.
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry — you’ll be able to watch a recording later.
The Silver Age webinar takes place the last Wednesday of every month. Also, way back in 2014, we excerpted Arlen’s book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art. So to help prepare for the latest installment, click here to check out Arlen’s piece on Kirby.
— Dig This Wonderful Video Tribute to JACK KIRBY. Click here.
— LEE, KIRBY and the Case of Who Created the MARVEL UNIVERSE, by JOHN MORROW. Click here.