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Best Art Ever (This Week): Mignola’s Rocketeer, Moebius’ Surfer, Chiarello’s Shadow, Kirby’s Streets & More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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The Complete Jack Kirby Character Sketchbook (Summer 2013)

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For the past few years, I've been taking a sketchbook to conventions across the country and getting pieces of art with a single theme: Characters created or co-created by the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. After 52 sketches, you'd think I'd be running out of characters, but with only a couple repeats, it's still going strong. Today, in honor of Kirby's 96th birthday, I'm putting all the sketches in one place to show some of the best artists working in comics celebrating Kirby's lasting legacy as a creator!

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Jack Kirby’s Ten Most Amazingly Underused Concepts

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If you read comics -- or heck, if you've been to the movies in the past five years -- then you've gotten a lot of entertainment from Jack Kirby. In a career that spanned six decades, Kirby was the driving creative force in comics, creating or co-creating lasting characters like Darkseid and the Demon, the entire genre of romance comics, the entire Marvel Universe and, when you get right down to it, modern comic book storytelling as we know it. The thing is, comics like Thor, Avengers, Fantastic Four and The New Gods were only the tip of the iceberg.

To say that Kirby was prolific is sort of like saying the sun is a little warm, and while we've all seen his most famous creations in comics, movies and TV shows over the years, he has a list of creations that remains unrivaled. That's why today, in celebration of the 96th birthday of the King of Comics, we're throwing the spotlight on some of his most under-used ideas -- ten Kirby Creations that really ought to be a lot more famous.

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Artists To Celebrate Jack Kirby’s Birthday By Waking Up And Drawing For Hero Initiative

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A week from today would have been Jack Kirby's 96th birthday.

To celebrate, the Hero Initiative has recruited more than 40 artists to "Wake Up and Draw" a birthday card to Jack next Wednesday. The art will be available to view in a gallery at ComicArtFans.com and will later be auctioned off to support the charity, which helps comics creators with financial needs. Meanwhile, the King's granddaughter, Jillian Kirby, has recruited comic book stores around the country to donate some of the proceeds from their sales that day to The Hero Initiative as well.

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Jack Kirby’s Family Loses Appeal For Marvel Copyrights

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Tally another legal victory for the Big Two vs. comic creator heirs. A federal appeals court ruled today that the family of Jack Kirby, the artist who famously co-created characters including The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Thor, The Silver Surfer and the X-Men, can claim no rights to those Marvel Comics characters.

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 07.26.13

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Ask Chris #157: Temporary Misinformation

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Q: Is there a creator or character you initially disliked before later becoming a fan? If so, what turned it around? -- @MASolko

A: If you've read this column before -- or, let's be honest here, if you've even just kind of glanced at it before clicking on something else -- you're probably already aware that I'm a person with some pretty strong opinions that I form quickly and then stand by against all arguments to the contrary. This is obviously the best way to have feelings, but I'll admit that my rush to judgment has occasionally led me to be...

...temporarily misinformed.

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Ask Chris #156: KILL-DERBY!

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Q: Wait, what's this I hear about Captain America in a roller derby? Did that really happen? -- @RonHogan

A: Like a lot of comics fans, I spent my Independence Day talking to people about my favorite Captain America stories. Before long, this particular issue came up -- mostly because I'm only about five seconds away from talking about Cap and the Falcon battling their way through a roller derby to the death at any given time. It's sort of my go-to topic in case there's a ever a lull in the conversation, which is why I'm always such a hit at parties.

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‘World War Z’ and Jack Kirby’s Mindless Mass of Humanity

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It's a hit. Shockingly enough, zombie fans slinked and dragged their way to Brad Pitt's new movie World War Z this past weekend. I just got done writing about Masters of the Universe villain Hordak and his Evil Horde. Now I'm writing about Jack Kirby's The Horde, which judging by the WWZ trailer, looked very similar to his unfinished apocalyptic disaster novel.

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Honoring Jack Kirby In Keith Giffen’s ‘Masters of the Universe: Origin of Hordak’

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Keith Giffen has had a long career, almost 40 years in the comics business. He's gone through several creative iterations, but one mode that was there at the beginning and keeps coming back is his all-out Jack Kirby drawing style. As a penciller, he's DC's equivalent to Marvel's John Romita Jr. Both are bold Kirbyesque stylists at companies that favor photoreference, whose work evokes a generation prior to their own. I wish DC utilized Giffen as well as Marvel utilizes Romita. Perhaps that's because DC values Giffen the writer more than Giffen the artist.

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