Jack Kirby Museum Opens Week-Long Exhibit at 178 Delancey Tonight

Posted on: November 4th, 2013 at 5:33 am by

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178 Delancey St.

After an uber-successful Kickstarter campaign for its “Storefront Transformer,” the miLES initiative from Fourth Arts Block is kicking off the season with a pop-up exhibit featuring the late, iconic illustrator Jack Kirby. This is the first of seven week-long installments aimed at transforming the under-used 178 Delancey Street into a “neighborhood hub” with various themes.

The Jack Kirby Museum is a good fit for the project. Kirby himself was born Jacob Kurtzberg in 1917 on the Lower East Side. 147 Essex Street, in fact. He remains a comic book legend now nearly twenty years after he passed on. Without his creative talent, superheroes like Captain America, X-Men, and the Hulk would never have materialized. His hand drew characters for both Marvel and DC Comics.

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Photo: @whatifkirby

The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center was founded in 2005. Although, strangely enough, this miLES Storefront Transformer project is the first physical presence for the organization. The exhibit begins tonight at 7pm, and runs through the end of the week. Get there.

The following comics were co-created by Jack Kirby:

Captain America (with Joe Simon)
Original X-Men (with Stan Lee)
Fantastic Four (with Stan Lee)
Thor (with Stan Lee)
Hulk (with Stan Lee)
Iron Man (with Stan Lee)
Silver Surfer (with Stan Lee)

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