Visionary Salutes Jack “King” Kirby!

Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Jack “King” Kirby, the greatest comics’ visionary of all time.

Now, that may sound like a bold statement, but it’s really a pretty simple observation. No one has artistically influenced the modern era of comics more than Kirby, and the characters that he created and co-created comprise the majority of the most well-known, iconic and well-loved characters in the history of the medium.

There are going to be a ton of reflections, stories, and art from Kirby posted all over today and in days to come. Many from people who knew him well, others who may have only met him briefly and yet never forgot, all from folks he inspired. That includes all of us here at Visionary, and most definitely myself as a creator.

I like to think of it as the fact that Kirby defined the visual language of comics, in such a way that even today has never been equaled, but often imitated. His work literally defined western comics as a medium, an artform, and a pop-culture phenomenon.

If you’re fans of great creators out there, check their Facebook, their Twitters, their Blogs and Tumblrs, and my guess is you’ll see the vast majority paying tribute to a man who stands above us all, and always will.

-C. Edward Sellner

Jack Kirby 100th Birthday Tribute by C. Edward Sellner, featured in the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Souvenir Book.



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