Jack Kirby Museum Returns to Native LES for 2-Week Pop-Up

Posted on: November 13th, 2015 at 5:12 am by
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For the second time in as many years, the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center again joined forces with the miLES initiative for a storefront pop-up. This time, the show is more narrowly focused, highlighting Kirby’s illustrations of “heroic combat” in various comic books.

For the next two weeks, the miLES incubator space at 103 Allen Street will exhibit “Comics Combatives: Stories Told by Jack Kirby Pfc.” It’ll include several dynamic depictions of war, action, and hand-to-hand combat as drawn in titles such as Captain America, Thor, Foxhole, Kamandi, and The New Gods. Kirby himself was a veteran of World War II, so it’s fitting that the installation began on Veterans Day. (He often scouted and drew recon maps ahead of operations.)

“Nobody drew combat like Jack Kirby,” says Kirby Museum director and founder, Randolph Hoppe noted in a press release. “He was able to combine the best attributes of classic adventure comic strip artists with his upbringing in tough NYC neighborhoods as well as the action he saw in World War II and bring it to the new long cartoon form known as comic books.”

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“Comics Combatives” is yet another homecoming for Kirby’s estate, for he himself was a product of the Lower East Side. Kirby was born Jacob Kurtzber in 1917 at 147 Essex Street, and was really the so-called “guy behind the guy.” If not for his creative talent (and drawing skills), superheroes in the Marvel canon wouldn’t exist – Captain America, X-Men, and the Hulk.

Sadly, he passed away from heart failure in 1994 at the age of 76.

And, FYI. 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)

The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center was founded in 2005. The exhibit runs through November 29. Head here for the full schedule of Kirby-related events at 103 Allen Street.

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