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Alex Ross, Kurt Busiek to team up on “Kirby: Genesis” for Dynamite

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm •  Published: February 16, 2011
Art by Jack Herbert and Alex Ross from "Kirby: Genesis."
Art by Jack Herbert and Alex Ross from "Kirby: Genesis."

DALLAS — On the same night that the late artist Jack Kirby was honored by the ComicsPRO comic-book retailer trade organization, Dynamite Entertainment publisher Nick Barrucci announced new details on the upcoming “Kirby: Genesis” series from Dynamite Entertainment.

Kirby, co-creator of characters including Captain America, Thor, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, was given the Memorial ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award for those who have passed away and left an indelible mark on the profession of comic-book specialty retailing.

Bob Chapman of Graphitti Designs accepted the Memorial Award on behalf of the Kirby family and spoke of Kirby’s dedication to the growing direct market in the 1980s, when he created the characters of Silver Star and Captain Victory at publisher Pacific Comics.

Those two characters, plus more, will return in “Kirby: Genesis,” by the “Marvels” creative team of writer Kurt Busiek and painter Alex Ross, joined by artist Jack Herbert.

“The best part about this is not only are Kurt and Alex co-plotting it; not only is Kurt writing it; not only is Alex doing thumbnails and helping to draw it; he’ll also be painting interiors on the book,” Barrucci said at the meeting.

Barrucci described the teaming of Ross and Busiek as their most substantial collaboration since the Eisner Award-winning “Marvels” in 1993.

In “Kirby: Genesis,” the Pioneer 10 space probe carried a message to the stars. Now an answer’s on the way — but not one that was expected. When it arrives, the lives of three ordinary people — and the entire world — will be changed forever.

New, previously unseen Jack Kirby creations will debut in this series, which will kick off with a 32-page $1 issue in May.

“I’m delighted to see how the artwork’s developing, from Kirby’s designs to Alex’s layouts to Jack Herbert’s artwork. Jack’s a terrific draftsman and storyteller, and he’s doing a really sweet job bringing the story to life,” writer Kurt Busiek said in a news release. “His work also meshes well with Alex’s, which goes beyond just layout, since there are various sequences in the story where Alex is doing fully painted art, including some where Jack’s line art and Alex’s painting are merged together. It’s a terrifically effective combination.”

Dynamite editor said Alex Ross’ artwork would appear throughout the series, in combination with Herbert’s.

“I’m satisfying my desire to get inside the story more by doing some full pages, panels, layouts and even some figures that will only be seen as paintings by me,” Ross said in a news release. “The excitement is that much greater when you’re working with such an amazing artist as Jack.”

Herbert said for his part, he hopes this project exposes the work of Kirby to new audiences.

“I’m very honored to be able to be part of this project. It’s such a huge honor for me, who grew up seeing the King’s art,” Herbert said in a news release. “Not to mention the opportunity to work with such talented comics masters as Alex and Kurt. I hope that with this series the new generation of comic readers fall in love with such amazing universe of characters that only the fruitful mind of Jack ‘The King’ Kirby could create.”

- by Matthew Price
From Wednesday’s The Oklahoman

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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