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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'.

Jack Kirby is well-renowned for his sequential work, but it sometimes goes unmentioned that he was also an unparalleled cover designer.  His covers for Marvel practically leapt off the shelf and into reader's hands, bursting with an energy and innovation that dwarfed all competitors.  I've looked at a LOT of Kirby covers in my life, and while I can't come up with an absolute ranking of his best-ever Marvel covers (my opinions change moment-to-moment, depending on which series I've read most recently), here's ten of my all-time favorites.

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"Justice League 3000" #1 Cover by Kevin Maguire

By Matt D. Wilson

Each week, Matt Wilson, co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and author of the Supervillain Field Manual, examines a major comic news item and picks a few winners and one loser among the week's comic book releases.

The past week saw two high-profile creators make their departures from books at the two major publishers. One was a writer, the other an artist; one was at Marvel, the other at DC. And they could not have been handled more differently.

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Marvel Comics announced today that Matt Fraction will be exiting as writer of both "Fantastic Four" and its sister title "FF", in order to better focus on the upcoming "Inhumanity" event and the ongoing "Inhumans" title that will spin out of that storyline.

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Ever wondered how to jump right into the Marvel Universe? Designer DJ Miller did, and along with Derek Fast of CopyPress, put together an infographic that'll get you up to speed on everyone from The Avengers, to The X-Men, to The Fantastic Four. Click on through to check it out:

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"...And now the story of a wealthy family, who went into space and got cosmic powers..."

When the new season of Arrested Development hit Netflix, there was one running plot-line that caught our ever lovin' blue eyes the most: Tobias Funke's epic struggle to bring a Fantastic Four (sorry, Fantastic 4) musical to Broadway. So we teamed up with awesome comic book artist Ryan Dunlavey to bring you this mash-up of Arrested Development's fourth season, and Fantastic Four #1: Read More...

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Let’s say you’re part of a team of superheroes. Sounds like a sweet gig, right? Well, it’s not always about saving the world, though, and there can be dry spells when nothing’s going on. What’s an antsy teen-aged superhero to do? Why, call your cousin and join the circus, of course!

Wait...what?

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The world-shattering event "Age of Ultron" ropes in the Marvel's first family in next month's "Fantastic Four" #5AU from Matt Fraction and fill-in artist Andre Aruajo, who brings a manga flair to the story.

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Marvel NOW!: Matt Fraction On Doom

The above vid is a spoiler for "FF" #3. You've been warned!

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For our latest look behind the scenes of Marvel NOW! we spend some quality time with the family of writers Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick as we explore the startling similarities between the fictional Fantastic Four family (Reed, Sue, Thing, Johnny, Valeria, Franklin) and the real-life family (Matt, Kelly Sue, Chris, Claude, Tallulah, Henry Leo) and how it informs Matt Fraction's writing of the newly relaunched "Fantastic Four" series.

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Gail Simone is no longer the writer of "Batgirl." She announced her exit with the following tweet. We'll have more on this story later today.

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There's the good, the great, and then there's the BEST. Welcome to MTV Geek's Best of 2012 -- what we thought were the cream of the crop this year in the world of GEEK!

By Valerie Gallaher, Eddie Wright, Alex Zalben and Charles Webb

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Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley's Marvel NOW! relaunch of "The world's greatest comic magazine" continues in "Fantastic Four #2."

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Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley are taking the first family of comics back to basics as part of Marvel NOW! and we've got your first look.

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Just because this week is taken over by all things New York Comic Con doesn’t mean that new comics aren’t coming out. In fact, this is one of the biggest weeks of the year, as Marvel kicks off their Marvel NOW! initiative with the hotly anticipated UNCANNY AVENGERS #1.

I’ll be honest: I’ve been looking forward to this Rick Remender written, John Cassaday pencilled book more than the entirety of Avengers vs. X-Men together. Not only is the line-up interesting, mixing popular mutants with popular Avengers make something potentially even more popular; but Remender has been writing some insane storylines lately, and coupled with Cassaday, returning to comics after a long absence, this is an Event worth checking out... Even if you aren’t a regular Marvel reader. Read More...

This week, we’re leading off with one of our favorite new comics, SPIDER-MEN #1. The crossover brings together Peter Parker with Miles Morales, and as you can tell in our (spoiler free) review, is a ton of fun. So that’s going on.

As one Spider-epic begins, another ends with, er, Ends of the Earth in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #687. The “last” Doctor Octopus story has been exciting and funny so far, so we can’t wait to see how it wraps up. There’s also AVX VS #3, which is all the fights, none of the tights (sorry, we were looking for a rhyme) from Avengers vs. X-Men. And FANTASTIC FOUR #607 is a must buy because writer Jonathan Hickman has been on a roll lately... And it features Crystal the Inhuman. We always had a weird, unexplainable crush on Crystal. Don’t know why. Read More...

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