Today marks the 99th birthday of comic book virtuoso Jack Kirby (1917-1994), creator of the Fourth World saga and co-creator of many popular and influential superhero titles, including Captain America and The Fantastic Four. Here are a couple of videos showing that his real life experiences were just as extraordinary as the characters and events he depicted on the page.
First, here’s a clip from an interview where Kirby details a chilling account of his involvement as a soldier in World War II:
Finally, here is a clip from the 1987 documentary The Masters of Comic Book Art featuring Kirby discussing his approach to storytelling (with an introduction by Harlan Ellison):
Just a reminder that this man is, was, and always will be The Champ.
From the 1984 Mr. T special, Be Somebody… or Be Somebody’s Fool, here’s Treat Your Mother Right!
Happy Mother’s Day!
According to DC Comics lore, Superman‘s birthday is today (at least, that’s one of them considering the various interpretations of the Man of Steel)! Celebrate the occasion by listening to this influential 16-part story arc of the Adventures of Superman radio show, where the Metropolis Marvel (with the Doylist aid of the human rights activist Stetson Kennedy) battles the Ku Klux Klan. Hope you enjoy it!
Here’s a little something special from Def Poetry Jam in 2004: Smokey Robinson (of Cruisin’ fame, among other hits) laying down some truths about race in America through the magic of spoken word poetry.