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Pretty insane compilation of Jack Kirby art

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30 Aug 2012 04:40 #133566 by dragonstout
upon Kirby's birthday:

www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/jack_ki..._have_been_95_today/

One look at that and it is *incredibly* clear that he is the King That is easily the most stunning/overwhelming collection of Kirby art in one page I've ever seen.
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30 Aug 2012 04:53 #133567 by Michael Barnes
Click on that link and you are in the presence of absolute, supreme greatness. I'm not going to lie, I actually teared up looking through that gallery. Not because of Kirby's birthday or nostalgia, but because some of the pages there are JUST SO FUCKING AMAZING.

That one with Etrigan and Gargora is just mind-blowing. The simple narrative of that Thor page is practically elemental in its clarity. NO ONE has ever captured Galactus' cold, callow visage better. The geometry of costume, the framing, the sheer overblown, excited exuberance of the comics form...he's the king, what more is there to say?

Last year, at the Dragon Con art show (which is a total fucking travesty of the word "art), there was a little exhibit where there was some original comics art. They had a couple of panels of original Kirby pencils. No one was looking at them. Everyone was looking at fan art of Jean-Luc Picard and photoshop kitten dragons. I stared at them for like 15 minutes.

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30 Aug 2012 05:45 #133569 by bomber
er, OK guys, whatever you say.

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30 Aug 2012 12:10 #133572 by hotseatgames
He definitely had a rare gift. I love the way he inks. Like most artists, he probably second-guessed and doubted himself a lot, but his work looks like total confidence. He's not my favorite artist but he's certainly the most important.

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30 Aug 2012 15:27 #133584 by Almalik
That's it, I'm going home to re-read the Eternals omnibus and some old Cap issues.

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30 Aug 2012 16:23 #133591 by QPCloudy
Come on, mister. Don't rattle your gonads in my ears!

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30 Aug 2012 16:34 #133592 by jeb
Actually not a huge fan of Kirby. More of a Neal Adams man, myself, from that age. But this is pretty bad ass:

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Let's all hear it for Kunena not recognizing the .jpeg extension. That's some 1995 technology right there.

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30 Aug 2012 18:30 - 30 Aug 2012 18:30 #133599 by dragonstout

ldsdbomber wrote: er, OK guys, whatever you say.

Really? I think it's pretty hard to look at that link and go "eh". I've got a shelf full of Kirby comics, and I *still* actually have more appreciation for Kirby now than I did before seeing that collection of art there. It's untouchable from just about any angle: whether looking for mega-intense superhero art, beautiful abstract designs, or even fine and detailed rendering (not something I previously associated with Kirby), he's got something for everyone. I always say that Kirby is an acquired taste, but I think if you can't acquire that taste from being blown away from at least *something* on that page, you're hopeless. It's got the Devil Dinosaur splash page that convinced Will Eisner, too (Will Eisner had always thought of Kirby as a good but merely working-for-pay, commercial artist; supposedly that Devil Dinosaur page with the crazy giant cosmic dinosaur thing convinced Eisner that he was an Artist. I think it's even one of the weaker, sillier pieces on that page)
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30 Aug 2012 18:56 #133601 by bomber
its surprisingly easy to look at that link and go "eh" I assure you. in other news, the world is full of incredible art of every conceivable genre and millions of people go "eh" at it, you know, different strokes and all that.

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30 Aug 2012 20:08 #133605 by Dr. Mabuse
I loved that Kirby took the character of Black Panther and instantl;y thrust him into a sci-fi treasure hunting adventure complete with the appearance of Hatch 22 (once artifact now a mysterious alien).

Kirby added sci-fi elements to even the mythological characters like the Asgardians and Olympians which gave the characters a futuristic sensibility. And the clothes!!!! (I want Odin's sweet fur coat that he rocks in an early Thor comic from the 60's)

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30 Aug 2012 20:34 #133607 by Jason Lutes
Tom Spurgeon does it again. Man, that is some beautiful stuff.

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