As a teenager, future television and comics writer Evanier became an assistant to Jack Kirby, one of the foremost artists in the history of American comics. Kirby played a major role in shaping the superhero genre, not only through his innovative, dynamic artwork but through collaborating with Stan Lee to create classic Marvel characters like the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and the X-Men. Evanier has now written this magnificently illustrated biography of his mentor. Rather than employing the academic prose that one might expect from an art book, Evanier, a talented raconteur, tells Kirby's life story in an informal, entertaining manner. Although Evanier does not delve into psychological analysis, he brings Kirby's personality vividly alive: a child of the Great Depression, a creative visionary who struggled most of his life to support his family. The book recounts how Kirby was insufficiently appreciated by clueless corporate executives and close-minded comics professionals. But the stunning artwork in this book, taken from private collections, makes the case for Kirby's genius. A landmark work, this is essential reading for comics fans and those who want to better understand the history of the comics medium—or those who just want to enjoy Kirby's incredible artwork. (Mar.)
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Mark Evanier should have shot the works about the entire Stan Lee taking full credit for the stories and comic book concepts that were clearly from the creative mind of Jack Kirby. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul S. Power
Mark Evanier, having worked as one of Jack Kirby's assistants in his youth, has written a wonderful, if not slightly biased, professional biography of Jack Kirby, the King of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John M. Vizcarra
This book will be in my bathroom for the rest of my life. I know of no higher praise.
I will buy many more copies over the years to give to others as gifts. Read more
Mark Evanier has done a wonderful job in capturing Jack "King" Kirby's life and career. Great art samples, many of which I have wanted to see examples of for years, marry... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard Rogers
The 12.6 x 9.4 inches of this book really allow Kirby's art to shine. This is good because the writing is so uninspired and generally uninformative. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tracy Cramer Austin, Texas