Wednesday, August 12, 2015

California museum launches Jack Kirby exhibit

"Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby" is an exhibit of the famed artist's work opening Aug. 24 at California State University.
English professor Charles Hatfield, curator of the exhibition, said he wanted to show Kirby’s works because of their graphic power and great historical impact on American popular culture. Hatfield said when it comes to Kirby, you either “go big or don’t bother at all.”
“We call the show ‘Comic Book Apocalypse’ because when you’re dealing with Kirby, nothing less than the end of everything is at stake,” said Hatfield, author of the book “Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby” and winner of a 2012 Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for Best Educational/Academic Work.
... Hatfield said the exhibition will be the largest gallery show in the United States to feature Kirby’s art and the first held at a university.
Kirby is the co-creator of numerous Marvel Comics characters, ranging from the Fantastic Four, Avengers and X-Men, to S.H.I.E.L.D., the Silver Surfer, the Inhumans and Black Panther.

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