Last night the Kirby Museum launched its week long exhibit to honor Jack Kirby in the neighbor where he grew up.
Long known by Kirby aficionados of his disdain for the LES (Lower East Side), nonetheless the old neighborhood welcomed him back with a brightly lit storefront setting, not far from his place of birth and several residences according to city records. Curator Rand Hoppe directed visitors to a map showing several residences of Kirby and his family, back when his name was Jacob Kurtzberg.
The exhibit featured giclee prints of original works, reproduced to their original size. The quality of the reproductions were so detailed that the brush strokes of the white out and xacto knife cuts could be be clearly seen as if viewing the original piece.
Visitors can flip through reproductions of the sketch, the final inked piece, and then the final product to see the different stages of comic creation.
There’s lectures scheduled for several of the days the show — check kirbymuseum.org for details. Hail to the King!