The Blanton Museum of Art
"...Steer clear, Friends of Ol’ Marvel! The newest iteration of Stan Lee and Joltin’ Jack Kirby’s classic superheroes plays like some misguided cross between an Eighties Afterschool Special and a failed WB tween-heartthrob outing sans the emotional depth. This is the third attempt to bring Marvel Comics’ gamma-irradiated foursome to cinematic fruition and it’s even worse than its predecessors..."
"...”Captain America: now more than ever” is what the tagline for this second (or third, if you count The Avengers) entry in the Marvel Universe franchise should read, seeing as how it pointedly comments on real-world political and military fear-mongering in our new age of uncertainty. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s 97-pound weakling-turned-supersoldier with the red-white-and-blue heart returns, alongside Marvel stalwarts Black Widow (Johansson), Jackson’s Nick Fury, and newcomer Falcon (Mackie) to thwart not only the free world’s longtime nemesis Hydra, but also the internal strife amongst good guys at S.H.I.E.L.D..."
"...Fans of Marvel Comics' beloved red, black, and blue arachnoid teenager should have a field day; Raimi perfectly captures the essence of the early Spider-Man issues, from Stan Lee's wise decision to make this high school outsider one with whom the kids could really identify instead of a galaxy-hopping Superman, to Steve Ditko's surreal, odd-angled panels and wild, action-crammed splash pages. Maguire, with his croaky, pubescent voice and hunchy science nerd charm, might as well have walked in from of one of Smilin' Jack Kirby's old issues -- he looks like the penultimate geek-cum-boy wonder, and when he is finally bitten by a genetically enhanced spider while on a school field trip (an amateur shutterbug, he spends the trip shooting pics and spouting off about the myriad unique properties of the spider exhibit around him, as if simply being a spotty-faced 98-pound weakling weren't trouble enough), the resulting transformation from gawky science whiz into spectacular spiderguy is all the more fascinating..."
"...Kirby: King of Comicsby Mark Evanier Harry N. Abrams, 224 pp., $40..."
"...Filmmaker Kirby Dick (Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist) hasn't made it to the Middle East yet, but, to his credit, he has made it inside the ratings board. Sort of..."
"...Directed by: John Madden. Starring: Matt Dillon, Joan Chen, Bruno Kirby, Teri Polo, Tzi Ma, Stan Egi and Jack Shearer..."
"...Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Doug Jones, Laurence Fishburne and Andre Braugher. I grew up on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four comics..."
"...EC comics matured the vocabulary as no other company had. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby reinvented the visual narrative a number of times, and then Kirby hooked up with Stan Lee (at the same time Steve Ditko and the gang were provided full front four support) to take comics to the next level at Marvel...."
"...Finlay, of course, worked in the pulps – especially in the sci-fi milieu in which Dick struggled to hack out a living. And the pulps eventually morphed into comic books, in which the graphic magnificence of Jack Kirby was the enduring pinnacle..."
"...A little older, I remember loving Dan De Carlo’s Archie … exclusively for Betty and Veronica. [laughs] And I remember when I was a kid being very scared by Graham Ingels of EC Comics and by Jack Kirby’s Demon, his superhero/horror comic..."
"...The suit is what really struck me. I still think it's one of Jack Kirby's best costume designs ever: It's really sleek, it communicates the idea of him being a catlike superhero..."
"...If mythical Asgard, home of the Norse gods, were an actual place – especially as depicted by Jack Kirby in the pages of Marvel comic books hundreds of years after Snorri Sturluson wrote his takes on the Prose Edda and decades before the first Hollywooded movie about Thor – the kitchenmaster of that glorious realm would probably be someone like Magnus Nilsson...."
"...If you don't know who Tony Stark is or who The Avengers might or might not be, you could be better cinematically served by rewatching Peter Parker in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm. And, too, if you don't care to consider why movies of the Stan Lee stripe may be so singularly freighted with pop-culture import in a world where heroes – super or otherwise – are in increasingly short supply, well pal, you obviously don't know Jack (Kirby)..."
"...The series had fallen to mediocrity years earlier. What was always subtitled "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine!" in typical Marvel bombast, what had galvanized my little-kid years in the equatorial hinterlands as Jack Kirby and Stan Lee pitted our heroic quartet against the awesome might of the Sub-Mariner or Dr..."
"...In Godland Volume One: Hello Cosmic! and Volume Two: Another Sunny Delight, writer Joe Casey and artist Tom Scioli riff on the cosmic adventures that Jack Kirby produced with Stan Lee during the Sixties heyday of the Fantastic Four and on his own during the Seventies with New Gods and the Eternals. Casey with tongue firmly planted in cheek has crafted a sci-fi superhero epic following the adventures of Adam Archer, an astronaut who returns to Earth with cosmic powers after a disastrous mission to Mars..."
"...Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington and Stan Lee. It must be a relief to The Fantastic Four co-creator Stan Lee (with the late, great Jack Kirby) that he’s finally hit cinematic pay dirt over the past half-decade..."
"...Sadly though, as it turns out, this Godzilla looks like George Foreman after an irradiated rumble in the jungle. With a huge, jutting, Jack Kirby-esque jaw and a spade-like head, he looks and moves far too much like an overgrown Spielbergian Velociraptor..."
"...That's the other thing: "The artist." And, yes, Pope has a sockdollager visual style that retains the power of King Kirby even while transcending the early influence of that giant's oeuvre – Pulp Hope, indeed – but I'd make a case here, by way of appraisal, that Pope could never draw another goddam line and still be a powerful force in the arena of comics. Because the man's writing skills, especially as honed in his long-ranging THB series and recently brought to bear in crafting this putative "children's" series, are equal to his imagination..."
"...Directed by: Ron Underwood. Starring: Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Patricia Wettig, Helen Slater and Jack Palance..."
"...When he finally finished we'd talk, him telling stories of his experiences as a science-fiction writer as well as working in comic books from when they first came into existence through the present. We'd go to comic book and science-fiction conventions in New York, which often meant hanging out in a bar with Stan Lee, catching up with Garner Fox and Jack Kirby and talking to Isaac Asimov..."