Walking Jack Kirby’s Lower East Side

Posted on: August 26th, 2021 at 5:02 am by

Photo: Jack Kirby Museum

Saturday marks the 104th birthday of the late-great comic book illustrator Jack Kirby. To make the occasion, the museum charged with carrying on the Kirby legacy is hosting a walking tour of his Lower East Side youth.

Kirby himself was born Jacob Kurtzberg in 1917 at 147 Essex Street. He remains a comic book legend now nearly thirty 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. (Yancy Street equals Delancey Street.)

The life of Kirby has intrigued a new generation of fans, many of whom were unaware of his creative contributions; largely overshadowed by Marvel’s Stan Lee. An Off Broadway show about his life and times even happened.

The Jack Kirby Museum walking tour begins at 4pm on Saturday, meeting at the corner of Delancey and Essex Streets.

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