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D23 to honor Iconic Marvel Comics creator Jack Kirby as Disney Legend at 2017 expo

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When you think of Marvel Comics creators, the first name that always comes to mind is Stan Lee. He’s the guy in all the movies and TV shows. He’s the one appearing at all the events. Lee and Marvel would not be where they are today, though, if not for Jack Kirby.

Because of his incredible accomplishments, Disney has decided to honor Kirby as a Disney Legend. He will be inducted into the prestigious group at the Disney Legend Award ceremony Friday, July 14 at the 2017 D23 Expo.

Along with Lee, Kirby had a hand in creating iconic characters such as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk. Kirby also had a hand in creating the star-spangled icon known as Captain America.

But while Lee may have done a lot of the writing for those characters, Kirby was the one responsible for their looks. The superheroes we grew up with look the way they do because of the vision of Jack Kirby.

The 2017 D23 Expo will be held from July 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets are available now at D23.com.

Source: ComingSoon.net

3 Comments

  1. David Lawrence

    “Kirby was the one responsible for their looks. The superheroes we grew up with look the way they do because of the vision of Jack Kirby.”

    As usual, Kirby is damned with faint praise.

    Kirby is, at the barest minimum, an equal contributor to the creation of Marvel.

    He created its major characters and then presented them to Lee. He drew complete stories at his drawing table before Lee typed a single word.

    At times Lee simply added the dialogue. At time he rewrote the already drawn pages heavily. Whether for better or worse is an aesthetic judgment.

    But he didn’t create.

    I’m sure at some point in the ceremonies Lee will praise Kirby effusively for his incredible artistic vision, compliment him for bringing Lee’s characters to life so vividly.

    These will be half truths, to be generous, downplaying Kirby’s role to play up Lee’s own. And heads will nod and some will credit Lee with generosity.

    The beat goes on.

    1. Jim

      Preach on brother! Lee is nothing but a credit stealing hack who wouldn’t pay Kirby and DITKO their writing credit

    2. Well said. A common nickname for Marvel among comics pros in the late 60’s-70’s was “The House that Jack Built.” It was common insider knowledge that Jack was the idea man at Marvel. That was always Jack’s role, since he broke into the industry with Joe Simon in the late 30’s. Stan created nothing of interest before or after Jack’s decade at Marvel.

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