Skip to 1:09 for the King’s adorably straightforward summation of the power of superheroes.
Today would have been Jack Kirby’s 95th birthday. As good a time as any to revisit this interview with him which is, by turns, great and indicative of how comics are always covered.
I always liked Kirby’s work, but it wasn’t until the woman I love got me the first Fourth World Omnibus that I realized just how transcendant him and all his crazy shit could be. It isn’t that I think the Fourth World stuff is better than the Fantastic Four and all those other things he and Stan created, but it was the first time I came across something so purely Kirby that I finally got the worship that was heaped upon him. It’s hard to explain why I love those books so much. In fact, I once wrote an academic paper about the Fourth World, specifically discussing the indescribable sublime in them – so it really is hard to put into words. But I tell you, they’re some of the best comics you could ever find.
Happy birthday, King. I’m sorry that you’re gone, but I look forward to all the retrospectives we’ll get five years from now.