Dubbed “The King” , many of you know that Jack Kirby helped change the tone, imagery, direction and esthetics of comic in the mid 1960’s when Marvel surpassed DC on sales.
With Joe Simon he created Captain America when the US was starting to join World War II, and he himself was drafter and landed in Omaha Beach in Normandy two-and-a-half months after D-Day. So, the man saw plenty of action himself!
He worked for Harvey comics, he launched his own publishing company, he worked for Marvel and later for DC!
Any webpage about the master will tell regal you with a long list of character he created of helped create for Marvel, such as the Fantastic Four, Doom, Galactus, the Inhumans, and a long etc….
But I respect Kirby the most when he created the most intimate and fantastic stories of Sci-fy we have ever neglected to read.
Kamandi: The last boy on Earth
DC editor Carmine Infantino had tried to acquire the license to publish Planet of the Apes comic books but when this failed to happen he asked Jack Kirby for a series with a similar concept. Although Kirby had not seen the films he knew the rough outline and he had also created a very similar story, “The Last Enemy!”, in Harvey Comics’ Alarming Tales that predated the original Planet of the Apes novel. He also had an unused comic strip he created in 1956, titled Kamandi of the Caves. Kirby brought all those elements together to create Kamandi. Although his initial plan was to not work on the comic books themselves, the cancellation of Forever People freed him up to do so.
Kirby created a great disaster that had to do with some sort of radiation, and re-drew a whole world.
Remember, this is Jack, who created The New Gods, and the Forever People.
Creations that were ahead of its time in 1970, and barely 30 years later we (the general public) are catching up with concepts such as ” The tenth planet” “Panspermia” “Nibiru” “Polar Shifts” and “Cycles of Presession”
Kirby had used all of these to light up his comic universe.
Well, if you are not impressed yet, there is the whole story of “The Face on Mars” written and drawn by Jack Kirby in 1958
So, to commemorate the birth of this graphic artist and visionary, here is the whole story, decades before the Mars Rover, and before the Viking probe and before the pictures arrived on earth.