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September 15, 2017
by Dan
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Jeet Heer on Jack Kirby

At the New Republic, Jeet Heer looks back at the work of Jack Kirby, the cartoonist who shaped the Marvel Universe and remade popular culture:  The superhero stories Kirby created or inspired have dominated American comic books for nearly 75 … Continue reading

January 8, 2014
by Dan
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2001: When Two Sorts of Genius Collide

At The Dissolve, Noel Murray considers Jack Kirby’s comic book adaptation of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick: It’s not essential to know how Kubrick’s fascinations with avant-garde film and music influenced 2001, or to focus on how … Continue reading

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