Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics

by Tom Scioli

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Overview

Told in vivid graphic novel form by a groundbreaking Eisner-nominated comics creator, the long-overdue biography of the legend who co-created Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and many more superhero favorites.

“A fast-paced celebration of an underheralded legend within the comic-book industry.”—Kirkus Reviews

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL


This sweeping, full-color comic book biography tells the complete life story of Jack Kirby, co-creator of some of the most enduring superheroes and villains of the twentieth century for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and more. Critically acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Scioli breathes visual life into Kirby's life story—from his days growing up in New York during the Great Depression and discovering a love for science fiction and cartoons to his time on the frontlines in the European theatre of World War II where he experienced the type of action and adventure he'd later imbue his comic pages with, and on to his world-changing collaborations at Marvel with Stan Lee, where the pair redefined comics as a part of pop culture.

Just as every great superhero needs a villain to overcome, Kirby's story also includes his struggles to receive the recognition and compensation that he believed his work deserved. Scioli captures his moves from Marvel to DC and back again, showing how Kirby himself and later his family fought to preserve his artistic legacy.

Drawn from an unparalleled imagination and a life as exciting as his comic book tales, Kirby's super-creations have influenced subsequent generations of creatives in the comics field and beyond. Now, readers can experience the life and times of a comics titan through the medium that made him famous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984856906
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
Publication date: 07/14/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 207,535
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tom Scioli is a contemporary comics artist who gained prominence as co-creator of Godland, a Kirby-esque space opera which was nominated for an Eisner Award, for Image Comics. He next drew and co-scripted (with IDW editor-in-chief John Barber) Transformers vs. GI Joe. Recently, he wrote and drew "Super Powers," a series of short comics appearing in DC's experimental imprint Young Animal, and Fantastic Four: Grand Design. He also recently completed a modern reimagining of Go-Bots for IDW. He is known for his unconventional drawing style, dense page layouts, and imaginative writing. He's one of a small number of mainstream comics creators today who writes, draws, colors, and hand-letters his work.

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