Lovers of comics or even just casual comics readers have heard the name Jack Kirby. He is lauded with creating and co-creating some of the most well known characters and villains in the world of comics. These include a large number of Marvel characters including Black Panther, Thor, the Fantastic Four, and Iron Man, just to name a few. Tom Scioli takes the life of Kirby and presents his journey in comics through a fully illustrated biography in Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics.
Beginning with his life growing up during the Depression Scioli provides the full backstory of our hero, Kirby, showing his discovery of what would lead him to become just a giant in the field of comics. After finding a love for science fiction and comic strips and moving onto his time in the European theatre of World War II, which would give him the knowledge of action and adventure that he would bring to his later comics. He also discusses his work with Stan Lee and the characters the two created together.
The villain of this particular story is Kirby’s struggle to receive the recognition and the compensation that he believed he deserved. We are shown his moves from Marvel to DC and back to Marvel and then his family’s work to preserve his artistic legacy. The influence of Kirby can be seen throughout the realm of comics and Scioli’s book works to highlight his tremendous presence. The book itself is fantastic to look at. The art is vivid and well drawn and perfectly compliments the story of Kirby. You can pre-order your copy of Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics today.