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.