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Jack Kirby: A ‘King-Sized’ 97th Birthday Tribute Spectacular, Part Two!

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Jack Kirby is very probably the single most influential figure in the history of American comics. He produced countless stories in a career that spanned seven decades, inventing and re-inventing genres and styles every step of the way. He inspired generations of artists and writers; created and co-created thousands of characters; defined the visual vocabulary of superheroes; and believed in the potential of comics to be both entertainment and art, long before most people imagined these stories would be remembered past the four weeks that they sat on newsstands.

This week would have been Kirby’s 97th birthday, so to celebrate, we asked some of our favorite creators and other comic pros to contribute their impressions of his characters, life, and legacy – and the response has been overwhelming. Yesterday, we posted the first set of these all-star tributes, and here's the second, even more expansive selection!

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Link Ink: Miyazaki Honored, Scott McCloud’s New Cover, Ruffalo Hulks Out On Letterman And More

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Scott McCloud’s ‘The Sculptor’ Coming February 2015 From First Second

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For many Scott McCloud is a name that's synonymous with comics -- Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics and Making Comics -- but it's been awhile since the Zot creator has released sequential art that wasn't rooted in education. That changes on February 3 next year with the relase of The Sculptor from First Second, a story McCloud's had in mind for more than two decades and has been actively working on for five years.

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Dynamite Announces ‘Twilight Zone,’ ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘Heroes,’ ‘Voltron/Robotech’ And Alice Cooper Series [SDCC 2013]

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Just as Comic-Con International is getting going, Dynamite Entertainment has announced it acquired a slew of high-profile TV licenses that will turn into comics in the near future. NBC's Heroes will be making its return as a comic with writer Cullen Bunn, The Twilight Zone will get a new series written by J. Michael Straczynski, and Robotech will cross over with Voltron. But the one I'm really excited about? The Fox animated series Bob's Burgers is coming to comics.

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‘Marvel Heroes’ Hands-On Impressions: Free-To-Play And Super Fun [SDCC]

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One of the highlights of San Diego Comic-Con for Marvel gaming fans was the debut of the much-anticipated free-to-play MMO action RPG, Marvel Heroes in playable form. I asked the developer Gazillion's Director of Community, S

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Scott McCloud’s Online Lettering Tutorials Are an Awesome Asset [Video]

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Lettering's something of a ninja craft. It's taken for granted not because it's inessential, but because -- like makeup -- it's often supposed to go unnoticed as a visual element. If executed improperly, however,

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When Bad Guys Go Good: The Reformed Supervillain in Comics

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Redemption is a tricky thing. How do people really atone for their transgressions? If it's really an eye for an eye, how could someone possibly make up for murder?

One of the greatest tropes in superhero comics is the villain-turned-hero. Though the meme showed up here and there in the earlier

Seduction of the Cynical: Could Comic Books Damage Young Boys?

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The American Psychological Association's annual convention went retro this year, when a speaker mentioned that comic books may have a negative effect on the young boys of today. According to Dr. Shar

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NBC Cancels ‘Heroes’: What Will Wizard Write About Now?

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It's official: As predicted, "Heroes" has been finally been put out of its misery. NBC announced today that they are canceling the superpowered drama, whose ratings dropped from an average of 14.5 in

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NBC Likely to Ditch ‘Heroes,’ Fox Renews ‘Human Target’ for Second Season

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Some heroes don't fade away. They just get canned.

Spinoff Online reported yesterday that NBC was leaning towards ending its superhero drama "Heroes" with a proper final season but now just may pull the plug entirely. Low ratings and low confidence have been plaguing the series for some time now and this might be a bum horse that just needs to be sh

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