Behold! Unseen Jack Kirby Art Unearthed This Week!
The New York Times ran a piece on Monday, April 12, 2010, reporting that over 700 drawings of a 1000 undeveloped character concepts by Kirby may soon be developed for cartoons, TV, movies, and video games! The concepts were conceived while Kirby work for the animation studio, Ruby-Spears in the 1980s, where he initially designed characters and backgrounds for its Saturday morning action series “Thundarr the Barbarian”, but then he worked as a designer doing presentation boards for new projects. The new projects though never go off the drawing board, but that's about to change as a partnership between that studio’s founders, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, and Sid and Marty Krofft, the well known children’s entertainment producers of “H. R. Pufnstuf" and "Land of the Lost", are working to develop these unseen Kirby characters in as many forms of media as possible.
This article's a worthwhile read. If an artist's work is how we remember their life, this find is a further testament to Jack Kirby's prolific imagination and creative spirit. So if you're interested, read the NY Times article here.
(Thanks to all nine of you who sent this article to us!)