JackKirby

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 into several posts – for the entire series, click here.

And now, here's more Kirby love!

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On January 30th, DC will continue to explore the Watchmen universe that Moore and Gibbons built with a one-shot focusing on a fallen hero. Len Wein and Steve Rude's Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill #1 will tell the story of a the late, lamented Bill Brady--athlete, actor, and masked member of the Minutemen as the corporate-sponsored Dollar Bill.

For Wein, the Eisner-winning co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine--this was a chance to explore an unsung character withing the Watchmen canon, a man better known for the tragic, almost ridiculous way he died, as detailed by retired superhero Hollis Mason in the series' book-within-the-book, Under The Hood. "He's never been visited before. Of all the Watchmen, he's the one with the least information given about him over the course of the series," Wein says of the appeal in exploring the life of the character.

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