Read comics in public on Jack Kirby’s birthday

Today is Read Comics in Public Day.

Who knew? Thankfully Geeks of Doom and Facebook set me straight. Good thing I had a copy of Vertigo’s Swamp Thing hardcover to save me any embarrassment.

The Underwire blog was kind enough to list five comics to read today. Persepolis and All-Star Superman are fantastic.

By no coincidence, it also happens to be Jack Kirby‘s birthday. He would have been 94 years old.

His heyday predates when I began reading comics. But staring at an issue of Mighty Thor from 1972 pencilled by John Buscema, it’s easy to see how Kirby influenced the Marvel house style and the artists who followed. Despite following a rigid panel structure, he delivered interesting splash pages, angles and composition within the panels.

I don’t know if he was much of a drinker, but I raise a glass in his honour.

Read also: What if Jack Kirby drew My Little Pony?

(girl reading comic image via expecting t0 fly)

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