Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby promotional art (courtesy image) - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby promotional art (courtesy image) – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Of his next broadcast on KCSB-FM (Monday, September 7th), producer / host Ted Coe writes:

“On my Labor Day edition of ‘The Freak Power Ticket,’ we’ll consider the Pop Art influence of Jack Kirby, the illustrator who co-created most of the foundational characters of the so-called ’Marvel Comics Universe’ — Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Mighty Thor, The X-Men, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Silver Surfer, and many more.

Jack ‘King’ Kirby’s innovative visual style later lead to a memorable comic-book adaptation of the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and a number of other star-spanning science-fiction and fantasy tales.

One of the largest exhibitions of Kirby art ever, Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby, recently opened at the California State University, Northridge’s Main Art Gallery. Running through October 10th, there’ll also be a CSUN panel discussion about Kirby’s history on Saturday, September 26th. His artistic career spanned more than fifty years, with the exhibit focusing primarily on its latter half.

Join me during the next edition of my radio program, as I interview CSUN English Professor Charles Hatfield, who specializes in popular culture, media studies, word / image studies, children’s culture—and comic books. Hatfield has published widely in comics studies, teaches the popular CSUN elective class Comics & Graphic Novels, and is curator of the Comic Book Apocalypse exhibition.

As a child, I was not at all partial to Kirby’s chunky human figures, but I now recognize the World War II veteran as a truly visionary artist, a man who has been called ‘the William Blake of comics.’

Never recognized as much as Marvel’s former president, publisher, chairman, and writer Stan Lee, it’s gratifying to see that the late Jack Kirby’s star is again on the rise.”

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays during the summer from 11am-1pm PDT.