Dec 31, 2017

Will Eisner and Jack Kirby

2017 was the centennial of two of comics' greatest, Will Eisner and Jack Kirby. So it seems only fitting that we close it off with this excerpt from The Dreamer, Eisner's semi-autobigraphical piece.

Jack Kirby got his start at the Eisner-Iger Studio, and while I am actually torn between which one of the two was the more influential artist (I think Kirby had more impact in the genres he handled, while Eisner had an impact on more genres in general), but I don't think it could be denied who the better businessman was (Eisner), and also who the more badass one was (Kirby).

In this excerpt, "Jack King" deals with some money launderers.

And just top cap 2017 off, here's a story Kirby himself told The Comics Journal:

I didn’t feel one way or another about it. I was only hoping that it would come out well enough to continue comics, that it wouldn’t damage comics in anyway, so I could continue working. I was a young man. I was still growing out of the East Side. The only real politics I knew was that if a guy liked Hitler, I’d beat the stuffing out of him and that would be it.

And to cap off 2017, here's Will, Jack, and Roz Kirby:

Happy New Year, Comics Cubers!

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