On Saturday mornings, "X-Men," a brooding group of mutant super-heroes, is among the biggest rages.
Today's Nintendo generation may not know it, but the "X-Men" were developed in 1963 by Jack Kirby, one of the most respected comic book artists of the century. A Kirby prodigy, "Teen-age Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Kevin Eastman, describes him as a "comics artist's artist."
A compilation of Kirby's work--which includes 20,318 pages of published art, 1,385 comic book covers, 600 characters and 2,600 stories--are in the recently released book, "The Art of Jack Kirby" (Blue Rose Press; $46.95 hardback, $28.95 paperback).
"My comics existed on extreme action of the figures," says Kirby, 76 and living in semi-retirement in Thousand Oaks. Kirby infused such co-creations as "Boy Commandos," "Young Romance," "Fantastic Four," "The Avengers" and "The Incredible Hulk" with his style of exaggerated action and expression to bring the characters to life.