This week’s #FANARTFRIDAY celebrates one of the most prolific and widely-inspirational creators in American comics: Jack “The King” Kirby. In the 1940s and 50s, Kirby’s pioneered dynamic narrative illustration, a distinct abstract visual iconography, and stories of fallible heroes with feet of clay. He created or co-created some of the most iconic superheroes of the 20th century including Thor, the incredible Hulk, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four.
One of beagleman’s favorite Kirby creations is the mother box, a device that appears in the visionary New Gods and Fourth World series in the DC Comics Universe. The mother box is a sentient, portable supercomputer of seemingly limitless potential that predates the smartphone by nearly half a century. These fictional devices also incorporate many of Kirby’s most iconic design elements with their sleek, graphic futurism.
Ben designed “The King” in honor of Kirby. Check out the design on our new hoodie in the beagleman’s store and look for it on new apparel later this fall. And if you want to know more about the King, himself, check out comics scholar Charles Hatfield’s 2011 monograph, Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, for a compelling overview of Kirby’s career and contributions to American popular arts.