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Happy Birthday King~!!

Posted by invizweb on August 28, 2009

by Alan Light via Wikipedia (Creative Commons apply)

by Alan Light via Wikipedia (Creative Commons apply)

Common in some “shamanic,” “animist,” and  (numerous) folk religions, is the belief that important spiritual figures die (either figuratively or literally) and return from the Underworld with knowledge of the cosmos, such as Orpheus of Hellenistic mythology.  There is apparently an urban legend of a young Jewish boy who lived in a tenement in Lower Manhattan, who one day was stricken was a severe bout of sickness.  In fact, it was thought that he was at the brink of death.  This boy, however, was a natural (street) fighter (one of his co-creations, the Newboy Legion, was based on the somewhat lawless adventures in the slums of Manhattan as a member of the Boys Brotherhood Republic) and survived this bout.  He would go onto to serve the United States Army in World War II Normandy post D-Day, and would then go on to tell great stories by a new medium he would help to innovate:  the comic book.  For you see, that boy was supposedly Jack Kurtzberg who grew up to be Jack Kirby.

92 years ago, he was born today August 28, 1917 in Manhattan, the son of Austrian Jews.  Although he also work ed on scifi, romance, spaghetti Western, and war comics, Jack Kirby is almost synonymous with the “superhero” genre.  Those who do  not know his name, know of his brain children:  Marvel Comics superheroes the Uncanny X-Men (Charles Xavier, Cyclops – Scott Summers, Iceman – Bobby Drake, The Beast – Henry “Hank” McCoy, Angel – Warren Worthington III, and Jean Grey),  Black Panther, and the Fantastic Four, as well as DC Comics characters Kamandi, and OMAC (One Man Army Corp).  His most famous character, however, was a 1940 co-creation with collaborator Joe Simon: Steve Rogers,  a small “pencil-necked geek” whose valor and patriotism led him to the Super Soldier Project and a a future as Captain America.  In  addition, Jack Kirby may have been influenced by the Occult revival of the 20th Century and mythology as he created many notable works which delved with such topics such as the Incredible Hulk, the Might Thor, the Silver Surfer, and the Demon Etrigan.  However, what is considered his most seminal work are the New Gods for DC and the Eternals for Marvel, both entrenched with stories on space deities similar to that of the patanormal “ancient astronaut” theory: that ancient beings, thought to be gods by prehistoric humanity, assisted in the development and evolution of homo sapiens.  Jack kirby passed away Feb 16, 1994 in California.

Linked is an article by io9 displaying some of the great concepts and designs of the artist.

Here’s looking at you KING~!


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