Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Steve Rude honors Kirby

Steve Rude pays homage to Kirby in his rendition of Mr. Miracle.

You can tell how much somebody has affected your life by how often you think about them.  I probably have thoughts of Jack Kirby at least several times a day.  What I think about are all the comics he's done, which are stashed in my comic book holders, and how they influenced every decade of my life.  

If something has got me all twisted in knots, a Kirby comic will do more to inspire my mind or ease my tensions than any source I know, certainly more than any acquaintance or "therapist" ever has.  Comics have that unique, one-of-a-kind ability for me, for which I owe much.  

At the pinnacle stands Jack Kirby, not for just producing the greatest work our industry has ever seen, but for having weathered a body of mistreatment that defied any justification, as he attempted to give his best work, of body and mind, for 40 years.  Perhaps his greatest feat was just having survived.
Steve Rude's World's Finest series 1990

Born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1956, Steve Rude’s career began in 1981 with his and co-creator Mike Baron’s groundbreaking “Nexus” comic series. This space saga catapulted Rude into the field of comics, where he became highly sought after by major publishers. During his first few years in the industry, Rude’s efforts led to numerous awards, such as the 1984 Russ Manning Newcomer Award, the Kirby Award for best artist in 1986, and numerous Eisner’s for artistic achievement. For over two decades, Rude has drawn hundreds of comic’s greatest iconic heroes, and has galvanized the art world as a comic magazine artist and illustrator.
Learn more about Steve Rude at his www.steverude.com.