Saturday, October 18, 2014

Said friend knew Kirby well enough

to be invited to his birthday party and, along with an artist buddy, labored over crafting an Orion-themed card for their all-time favorite creator. They were nervous upon delivery – this was the guy who inspired them to do what they’ve dedicated their lives to.

Kirby appeared immediately crestfallen.

My friend was immediately heartbroken.

After what I imagined seemed like years but truly barely lasted moments, Kirby explained his composure: “the card is great,” Kirby said to their relief, ”but I wish the character was one of yours.”

Kirby didn’t need them showing what he did.

He needed them to show what they'll do.

- Joe Keatinge, about Jack Kirby

Read More: Jack Kirby: A 'King-Sized' 97th Birthday Spectacular, Part 2