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

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Jack Kirby is very arguably 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.

Today would have been Kirby’s 97th birthday, and to mark the occasion we’ve assembled a series of posts commemorating the life and work of the man known to American comics fans as “The King.” For this piece, we asked some of our favorite creators and other comics pros to celebrate Jack Kirby with their impressions of his characters, life, and legacy – and we got so many responses, we'll have another installment of all-star tributes tomorrow!

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Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month): June 2014

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A great comic book cover has a lot of work to do. It’s both an advertisement and a work of art; both a statement and an invitation. Sometimes they convey character, sometimes mood, sometimes moment. Sometimes they pastiche the classics or pay tribute to the past; sometimes they strive to show us something entirely new. Always they show us a glimpse of somewhere else through a canvas no bigger than a window pane. In Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month), we look back over some of the most eye-catching, original and exceptional covers of the month that was.

Bloodbaths, glowing hands, and sinister animal silhouettes; these are a few of comics' favorite things, judging by the comic book covers from June 2014. Read on for great covers from Riley Rossmo, Christian Ward, Russell Dauterman, Jerome Opeña, and more.

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Image Comics 2012: Morrison, Harris, Chaykin, Hitch, Millar, Quitely, Wood & More

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Opened with a keynote address by Publisher Eric Stephenson that emphasized personalities and relationships in the comic book scene, the first Image Comics Expo in Oakland, California, came with more major publishing announcements than we expected. Among the new creator-owned book

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‘Zombieland’ Creators Bring ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ to Hollywood

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With an awesome Walking Dead television series on the air and a John Carpenter Darkchylde movie on the way, it seems to be a good time to be an Image comic book. The latest of the publisher's many creator-owned titles to announce its intentions in Hollywood is Cowboy

The ‘Proof’ Is Not In The Pudding, But In the Sculpting

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If you have yet to discover "Proof," the Image Comics series from writer Alex Grecian and illustrator Riley Rossmo, then you're missing out on one of the most consistently bizarre, compelling and flat out entertaining books currently in the mix

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Cowboy Ninja Viking! How to Make Your Own Comics Mashup

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Whoever arranges all the cool comic social gatherings should start planning a coming-out party for AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo. Last month the pair debuted with "Cowboy Ninja Viking," a Golden Age-sized, one-color trip about a counter-intelligence operative with three distinct personalities: Cowboy, Ninja and Viking

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‘Proof’ Ain’t Over Yet – Season Two Coming in 2010

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Lately there have been a lot of cryptic cryptid headlines around the blogosphere alluding to the end of a "Proof" era. Well guess what? Just like that Smashing Pumpkins song that was in hilariously in both "Batman and Robin" and "Watchmen," the end Is the begi

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