All hail the King: Jack Kirby as the artist ideal

California State University Northridge’s main art gallery is currently hosting the exhibition, Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby. The exhibit, curated by Professor Charles Hatfield, features original art, printed comics, photographs, and more from Kirby’s entire career. Anyone who does any kind of creative work owes it to themselves to pay it a visit — not because Kirby’s contributions to the contemporary pop culture landscape can’t be overstated (though they can’t), but because of Kirby’s status as a too often overlooked artistic ideal.

What do you think of when you think of an artist? More left brain than right? More Type B than Type A? Perhaps even a little flakey? The popular conception of the artist is someone who is struck by inspiration, who follows their muse at all costs, who creates art as if guided by some divine hand. It’s a fun thought, but it’s a gross

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