IDW Publishing is pleased to announce Jack Kirbyâ€™s The Mighty Thor Artistâ€™s Editionâ€”the very first Marvel Comics Artistâ€™s Edition to feature Kirbyâ€™s work. This mammoth 15â€ x 22â€ hardcover collection includes classic complete stories from Journey Into Mystery #111, #117, #118, and other stories, plus a beautiful gallery section by Kirby, the undisputed King of Comics.
“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with one of the most creative men in comicsâ€”the great Jack Kirby,â€ said Stan Lee, â€œwhose magnificent artwork and wonderful story sense have rightly earned him the nickname â€˜King Kirby.â€™ He had the ability to take any theme and make it look spectacular due to the power and the brilliance of his artwork. If ever a writer had the perfect collaborator, I was lucky to have had the brilliant and inimitable Jack Kirby.”
Jack Kirby was the most important and influential artist in comicâ€™s history. Besides Thor, he co-created most of the Marvel Universe, including Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, Iron Man, The Silver Surfer, and so many others. As writer, artist, innovator, his legacy is unparalleled. All the grandeur and energy that infused Kirbyâ€™s artistry is evident hereâ€”this is the next best thing to looking over the masters shoulder at his drawing board!
â€œJack Kirby is still the visual heart of the Marvel style, so having an opportunity to experience his originals at the size they were drawn, corrections and all, is a rare and valuable opportunity for any aficionado of the comic book mediums,â€ said Marvel SVP & Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.
â€œWithout Jack Kirby, the comic books we know and love would not exist,â€ said Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier, â€œHis work influenced and shaped the entire art form. Itâ€™s as simple as that.â€
Look for Jack Kirbyâ€™s The Mighty Thor Artistâ€™s Edition in stores this coming May!