Jack Kirby Will Be Inducted As A Disney Legend During D23 Expo
It’ was announced today that Jack Kirby, the founding father of the Marvel universe will both receive the Disney Legends Award at D23 Expo. The awards will take place on July 14 at 10am in Anaheim, CA and hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. Kirby will be joining other honorees of this year’s Legends Award: Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Stan Lee, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.
Jack Kirby first grabbed our attention in the spring of 1941 with Captain America, a character he created with Joe Simon. Kirby then followed this debut with a prolific output of comic books in the Western, Romance, and Monster genres–all a prelude to his defining work helping to create the foundations of the Marvel Universe. For the next decade, Kirby and co-creator Stan Lee would introduce a mind-boggling array of new characters and teams—including the Avengers, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Panther, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Inhumans. Kirby was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame’s 1987 inaugural class and continued creating comics throughout the ’90s before passing away in 1994.