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In the Year of Nazi Captain America, A #DoodleforJack Would Remind Us What Jack Kirby Stood For

A new fan campaign is asking Google to honor Jack Kirby, the "King of Comics," with a Google Doodle on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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Let’s Read the First Few Pages of Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze

Marvel Comics' new Black Panther series, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze, doesn't come out until April 6th, but Marvel has just released the first few pages of the highly anticipated debut issue.

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The Con Gone By: Check Out the Little Baby Beginnings of San Diego Comic-Con

The little con that made it big.

We all know San Diego Comic-Con, right? That giant, sprawling event that draws masses of fans and creators to a single city for a single weekend every year. The one with the exclusive trailers and exclusive toys. The one where badges sell out and hotels fill up faster than you can say Allons-y! Would you believe it was once just a small affair?

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Teenage George R.R. Martin Once Sent a Very Sarcastic Letter To Stan Lee And Jack Kirby

Dear Sirs, more incest and bloodletting!

In 1963, a young George R. Martin (apparently that second initial didn't make an appearance until later) wrote a highly sarcastic letter to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Thank you, Marvel, for sharing this with us all.

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Jack Kirby’s Concept Art For The Fake Sci-Fi Film In Argo Goes Up For Auction

If you've got $10,000 or so burning a hole in your pocket, you could be the proud owner of these Kirby designs for Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light.

Attention well-off comic nerds and history buffs! The original Jack Kirby concept art for the fake film featured in last year's critically acclaimed film Argo is going up for auction this week. That means you could soon be the owner of Jack Kirby drawings that helped save the lives of U.S. diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis.

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Things We Saw Today: President Obama Explains Why He Doesn’t Have a Mohawk Like That NASA Guy

Things We Saw Today

If this isn't enough of an explanation for you, go here. (The Frisky)

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Legendary Comic Artist Joe Kubert Passes Away

so long and thanks for all the fish

The art world took a huge hit yesterday when it learned one of its most famous and respected members had passed away. Comic book artist and founder of the Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Joe Kubert, died yesterday at the age of 85. 

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Comic Book Inspired Fashion: The Wave Of The Future (Or Now?)

Fashion for Nonhumans

I've long been a fan of anything comic related appearing on my clothing but that usually entails a Batman symbol on a t-shirt. Designers and fan/designers are going out of their way to create unique fashion based on our favorite heroes. Hit the jump for some more delightful Avengers sketches plus Jack Kirby inspired fashion, and a dress made out of comic strips! 

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Things We Saw Today: An AT-AT Shaped Cat Condo

Things We Saw Today

You know, for Meow Skywalker, the hilarious cat. See how it was made (and the tricked out interior) at Blastr.

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Things We Saw Today: A Polygon Rendering of Ecto-1

Things We Saw Today

It doesn't take a lot for me to get psyched about Ecto-1, but seeing it made out of polygons is pretty peachy keen, if you ask me. Josh Ln gave a ton of geekdoms most popular vehicles the polugon treatment, so go check them out at Geek Tyrant.

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Knit Version of a Fantastic Four Comic Book Cover

What could be better than paying homage to fond comic book-related memories by taking your favorite 1966 Jack Kirby Fantastic Four cover and recapturing it in the time-honored medium of felt knitting. Don't ask D. Campbell MacKinlay, because he doesn't have an answer. The level of detail MacKinlay captures is pretty impressive, mimicking the orginal cover right down to the price and date. Even better, he's enhanced the work by making The Thing's fists literally pop out at you. Take that, 3D TV.

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New 52 in Review: Week 1

Review

Christopher Holden kicks of a series reviewing the New 52 with... ACTION COMICS “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” This is the depiction of Superman generations grew up with during the Golden age of comics and through Max Fleischer cartoons. In Action Comics #1, Grant Morrison is making that Superman canon again.

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Things We Saw Today: A Giant Lady in a Lake

Things We Saw Today

Sculptor Oliver Voss is responsible for this lovely lady, who is currently bathing in Hamburg's Alster Lake. (at Technabob)

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Marvel/Disney to Retain Rights to Jack Kirby’s Estate

Meanwhile...

After a legal battle lasting about two years, Marvel/Disney have successfully retained their rights to the estate of legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby, marking a rare loss for intellectual property lawyer Marc Toberoff. On Kirby's behalf, Toberoff sued for the rights to materials featuring characters such as Captain America, The X-Men, The Avengers, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor and had sent notices to Marvel/Disney -- and all the other companies who have been making money off these characters -- to stop publishing Kirby's work back in 2009, terminating their copyrights. Well, the judgment is in, and Marvel will retain ownership.

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Forbidden Love: I Read a Teen-Age Romance!

Supergirly

#le gasp! Once upon a time, the competition tugging on Superman’s cape was a girl. Actually, a whole lot of them. Back in 1949, nearly one out of every five comics published was a romance. By early 1950, publishers were averaging two new romance issues a day. Today, America’s lost that lovin’ feeling-- collectors don’t much care for romance comics, they raise serious feminist concerns, and maybe you’ve never read one. But romance comics left behind a surprising legacy more epic than all those sleepless nights and tear-stained pillows. Check the jump for 5 reasons to reconsider romance.

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My Little Super Ponies

We always enjoy seeing the odd My Little Pony toy-mod around the inter-tubes, and today we were delighted to be lead to Jodi Moisan's gallery of My Little Ponies painted up as an enormous selection of Marvel and DC superheroes. That's Jack Kirby and Captain America above, natch. Our favorites below.

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Tomorrow is Read Comics In Public Day

Tomorrow isn't just Saturday, and it isn't just the birthday of Jack Kirby, creator of nearly everything about Silver Age Marvel and DC comics that was off its rocker. It's also the the first annual International Read Comics In Public Day. IRCIPD is the brainchild of Brian Heater and Sarah Morean, editors of The Daily Crosshatch. Heater explains:
Like so many great things in this world, Read Comics in Public Day has its roots in a joke. I don’t remember the exact wording, but it was something off-handed about reading novels on the train, because I was too embarrassed to read comics in public. Like many good jokes, that one had its root in the truth.

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