Before Timely was Marvel and National became DC, a young Jacob Kurzberg was slowly but surely redefining the way the kids of America read comic books, innovating with his use of narrative, composition and cinematic perspective. The virtuoso illustrator used a multitude of pen names depending on the title he was pencilling or inking, eventually settling on Jack Kirby – now arguably the most legendary name in the history of the comic book medium.
He worked for DC and Marvel simultaneously, co-created X-Men, The Hulk and The Fantastic Four (you remember those multimillion dollar franchises right?) and was one of the first comic book artists to take a hugely successful punt at animating his work.
Now, almost a decade after his death – because the internet is brilliant – you can get your hands on a huge number of his double page spreads from a number of different titles over the years, all on a handy Flickr account. Derek Langille has been busy sourcing, and compiling them all into a single location for your geeky pleasure. We’re forever in his debt for taking the time to archive the achievements of a former creative mastermind. POW!
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Tremblin's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale