YMMV / Jack Kirby

  • Older Than They Think: Stan Lee wasn't the one who originated the creator cameo appearances in live action Marvel adaptations. Kirby beat him to it. He appeared in a 1977 episode of The Incredible Hulk TV series. He was a police sketch artist drawing a witnesses description of the Hulk. Naturally, Kirby's drawing looked more like his version than Lou Ferrigno. Stan Lee didn't get his chance until 1989's Trial of the Incredible Hulk.
  • Too Good to Last: Most of his DC work. It was one of the main reasons he left the company, as his promising books kept getting cancelled while comparatively mediocre ones survived.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kirby started designing the New Gods in the late '60s at Marvel, where they would have been a post-Ragnarok continuation of Thor. What's less well-known is that OMAC started life as a Captain-America-in-the-future pitch.
    • During The '70s, Kirby was the conceptual art designer for an aborted attempt to produce a film based on Roger Zelazny's 1967 novel Lord of Light. His art was later re-used for the CIA's fake movie "Argo". He even gets a split-second cameo in the film! (The art actually seen in the film, however, isn't his, or even much like it.)
    • Kirby produced the first 17 pages of an adaptation of one of his favourite series, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner. Unfortunately, the series never materialised, but some art can be found online.