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Jack Kirby is probably the single most important figure in the development of American comic books. His career spanned seven decades, and though he is best-known for his work on super-hero titles, he defied simple categorization and worked in nearly every style of comic: horror, science fiction, romance, comedy, fantasy, funny animal, crime, war, western, and probably some others that I'm forgetting.

He didn't just define a single genre: he constantly defined (and re-defined) the entire comics medium, right up until his death in 1994. So in honor of his 96th birthday, we here at MTV Geek have assembled A Week Of Jack Kirby, a series of posts celebrating the life, work and inspiration of the man that Stan Lee dubbed simply 'The King'.

Today is Jack Kirby's 96th birthday, and more than a quarter-century after his first published work, his spirit permeates every corner of the comic industry. He possessed a seemingly unlimited imagination, creating new characters, concepts, and genres with every stroke of his pencil. And today, a truly staggering cross-section of the comics community have joined us to offer words and pictures that give an idea of what this one man, and his work, have meant to them. In fact, there were so many people contributing, we've had to break things up among several posts – for the entire series, click here.

So, without further ado, let's start the celebrations!

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Last week, Dark Horse Comics released the hardcover collected edition of Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose's 'Sacrifice', the six issue series that received rave reviews when it premiered in late 2011, and became a grassroots sensation by bypassing the traditional comic book distribution channels: not just self-publishing each issue, but releasing them to the public through a select network of independent retailers.  We recently spoke to Humphries about 'Sacrifice', his inspirations for the story, his pioneering method of distribution, and how the series found a new home at Dark Horse – and our friends at Dark Horse sent along a five-page preview of the book and some exclusive behind-the-scenes concept art to share with our MTV Geek readers!
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The first day of school is a daunting task no matter what grade you’re heading into. It’s the day that defines the rest of your year. If you wear the wrong shirt, say something stupid or pick the worst lunch table – face it, you’re life is over. That’s of course, if you don’t have a best friend by your side to make it all better. That’s why it’s important to choose wisely on that first day of school, find the person who’s going to make the worst days fly by. If no one in your school fits the bill, pick one of these geeky guys and gals: Read More...

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Grant Morrison's run on "Batman Incorporated" ended with issue 13, but that doesn't mean the worldwide network of heroes that was the book's focus for much of its run has to go away. This week, DC Comics will release "Batman Incorporated Special" #1, a one-shot anthology filled with stories featuring the Batmen and Batwomen of Earth.

For a little insight into just what the one-shot will be, MTV Geek caught up with Chris Burnham, who will write and draw one of the stories in the issue, and who was the artist on much of Morrison's "Batman Inc." run: Read More...

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With the Internet pretty much calmed down since last week's announcement that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in 'Man of Steel 2', and the rumor mill all but confirming Bryan Cranston as villain Lex Luthor, the obvious next question is: who will play Superman?

It's an obvious point, but so far, Warner Brothers has been relatively mum on the subject of the actor jumping into the old red and blue... Though we have a few ideas. First, given the uproar over Affleck, Warner Brothers will want someone not quite as divisive to the fan community; possibly even someone relatively unknown to them, who won't carry the baggage Affleck does to Batman. And they've already got the buzzy Cranston, coming off 'Breaking Bad' as the bad guy, so WB can go the Marvel, relatively unknown route for the Superman part.

Our suggestion? This guy: Read More...

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Jack Kirby is probably the single most important figure in the development of american comic books.  His career spanned seven decades, and though he is best-known for his work on super-hero titles, he defied simple categorization and worked in nearly every style of comic: horror, science fiction, romance, comedy, fantasy, funny animal, crime, war, western, and probably some others that I'm forgetting.

He didn't just define a single genre: he constantly defined (and re-defined) the entire comics medium, right up until his death in 1994.  So, in honor of his 96th birthday on August 28th, we here at MTV Geek have assembled A Week Of Jack Kirby, a series of posts celebrating the life, work and inspiration of the man that Stan Lee dubbed simply 'The King'.

Today, we kick things off with Jack Kirby's Ten Greatest Character Designs!  (Well, okay…  Maybe not greatest.  But a completely subjective selection of incredible candidates.  On another day, I could choose a completely different top ten list.) Read More...

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By Kevin M. Brettauer

Spoilers for the first four parts of “Trinity War” follow. If you’re not up to date on the "Justice League" family of titles, back away slowly, and then run for the exit.

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Top 5 Webcomics You Missed This Week!

We open and close this week with some deaths, but they're both treated VERY differently. We've also got a debut, a familial fight, and a pair of webcomics by some old school comic book artists! Also, Steve Perry! (Wait, isn't that seven webcomics?)

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The cigar-chomping bounty hunter is being reimagined as a sophisticated, cold-blooded killer for the current iteration of the DCU--and pretty much stripped of any visual identity.

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Will Aquaman stop the Scavenger and save Atlantis? Find out in our exclusive first look at "Aquaman" #23.

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by Katherine Erlikh

Welcome back, everyone, to the "What The Heck Were They Thinking" edition of The Daily Geek!

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Pretty much the number one conversation in comic-dom the past few days has been Grant Morrison's comments about the end of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's 1988 graphic novel "The Killing Joke". In an interview with Kevin Smith, Morrison said:

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Big news breaking over the internet today, that "Midnight Meat Train's" Bradley Cooper has been offered the role of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. While we're excited that Cooper is finally getting his big break, it looks like - given this possibly leaked concept art - that Cooper has been in the running for a while:

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by Katherine Erlikh

I hope everybody has their towel ready, because it's time for The Daily Geek and if you haven't got a towel, you're going to have a bad time.

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Watch: This Good Robot - Super SPY

Nerd-rockers This Good Robot paid tribute to Matt Kindt's great series "Super Spy" with their latest track and we've got your exclusive first listen.

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