‘Eternals’ adds another blockbuster to Jack Kirby’s Marvel-ous legacy
Interacting, Lee and Kirby released the landmark comic “Fantastic Four” 60 years earlier, followed by the Avengers (and private members Thor, the Hulk and Ant-Man/the Wasp), X-Men and more.
They likewise originated a unique collective design, called the “Marvel method,” where Lee shut out a broad summary, Kirby then showed the story with Lee consequently included the words/dialogue.
The system made it possible for the set to produce pages at an excessive clip monthly (Kirby was notoriously rapid compared to a lot of artists), while Lee individually teamed with Steve Ditko on Spider-Man and Dr. Strange.
According to Mark Evanier, an author and previous Kirby assistant who composed the bio “Kirby: King of Comics,” brand-new ownership at Marvel provided Kirby with a burdensome agreement, thinking that the artists who worked there were “interchangeable.”
“You can’t get your due from employers who don’t understand what you’ve given them,” Evanier informed CNN, including, “I don’t think he was ever in his lifetime fully appreciated.”
Lee’s popularity grew when Marvel started its box-office attack with “Iron Man” in 2008, with the irrepressible Lee — a self-described “ham” and “creative giant” — appearing in cameos in the studio’s films.
Kirby, whose work gone back to co-creating Captain America in 1941 (Marvel restored him in the ’60s), passed away in 1994 at age 76, prior to that infusion of interest in all things Marvel. However Kirby’s admirers have actually looked for to maintain his memory, with Evanier hosting a yearly panel commemorating him at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Kirby didn’t live to bask in the attention showered on Marvel during the 21st century, but according to Evanier, he saw the cinematic possibilities for comics that were largely untapped or poorly adapted during his life.
“He said this would happen. He said, ‘Every one of these comic books I’m doing is a screenplay,'” Evanier recalled.
Evanier added that Kirby “wanted two things in life: He wanted credit for what he had done, and he wanted his family to be financially secure.”
Evanier called that “a happy ending,” while noting that Kirby’s work has never been more popular, with both Marvel and DC publishing reprint collections of it.
As a solo work, “Eternals” might add another building block to recognition of Kirby’s legacy. Despite the acclaim showered on him by his comic-book contemporaries, Kirby fans have actually long felt the spotlight was too squarely trained on Lee in a way that shortchanged his role in building the industry.
“Your sense of justice kicks in at some point,” Evanier said. “If you’re reared reading comic books, you want to see heroism and truth prevail. It was not prevailing in this case.”
Marvel’s “Eternals” opens Nov. 5 in US theaters.
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