This previously unpublished photo is from San Diego; taken in either in 1991 or 1992 I think. I have just introduced Jack Kirby to his namesake, Kirby Veitch. Jack’s response: “Yoiks!”
Just heard this morning the Jack Kirby’s estate is suing Marvel Comics for transfer of the licensing rights to some of Jack’s more high profile creations. I hope he finally is recognized and his family receive what’s due them.
I was thinking about Greyshirt the other day and I remembered how he came into being – Kirby complaining about bullies at school and expressing a desire to have suit of chainmail to wear as protection. He’s obviously well beyond that age now. Makes me feel suddenly old. It’s one of those things you have in the back of your head – Rick Veitch has a kid named after Jack Kirby. Not anymore – ‘he’s all growed up’. Anyway, how does it affect a kid to see his idea given solid form and sent around the world to be put into the minds of hundreds of thousands of people? I would’ve become full of myself – and gotten beaten up all the more!
Growing up in the home of an active cartoonist, (and being named after one of the greatest) Kirby seemed to take the whole thing in stride. These days he’s twenty years old and at art school. Wants to write and illustrate his own fantasy novels.
[…] c 1991-2, San Diego Comic-con Jack Kirby meets his namesake, Kirby Veitch. Via Rick Veitch. […]
Are you sure Kirby was reacting to your outfits? Yoiks, indeed.
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