Kirby was an American comic book artist, writer and editor, who is rightly regarded by historians and fans as being the creative engine (albeit not the face) of Marvel Comics in the Silver Age. His unparalleled creative dynamism and work ethic earned him the nickname 'The King'. In 1985, artist Gil Kane remarked that "Jack was the single most influential figure in the turnaround in Marvel's fortunes... It wasn't merely that Jack conceived most of the characters that are being done, but ... Jack's point of view and philosophy of drawing became the governing philosophy of the entire publishing company and, beyond the publishing company, of the entire field... Jack was like the Holy Scripture and they simply had to follow him without deviation." Kirby considered his DC published Fourth World series "New Gods", a multi-part epic he drew, wrote and edited, to be his magnum opus.
His influence has long been recognizable in the works of various notable creators such as Mike Mignola, Alan Moore, Brad Bird, Michael Chabon, Mike Wieringo, Mark Waid, Karl Kesel, Joss Whedon and Chris Claremont. Kirby's legacy is not just the dynacism he brought to comics can also be spotted in other areas
Tireless self-promoter Lee (of "Stan Lee's Striperella" fame) has yet to comment (to my knowledge).
hope i paraphrased enuf this time...
Paraphrasing by me.
Source: Marvel Comics Are Giving Jack Kirby A Creator Credit
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