Kirby Does Kubrick - Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey


When we think of Jack Kirby, we think of his contributions to superheroes, whether it’s through his Marvel comics, his DC heroes, and his other work throughout the industry.

The American artist is widely known for his contributions to the comic book community. He had a hand in the creation of many beloved heroes from Captain America to the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and the X-Men.

But Jack the King Kirby can draw so much more than superheroes, and there’s no better example of that than his adaptation of the Stanley Kubrick science fiction masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
“2001: A Space

Odyssey” seems like an unlikely match for the Jack Kirby art we know and love, but his adaptation remains an interesting part of his history and one of the most beautiful comic books we’ve ever seen. At a pop-up exhibit curated by the Jack Kirby Museum, they displayed Kirby’s comic art in the best way comic book art should be seen: in giant size. From the monolith to Hal 9000, Kirby provided a very different vision of the Kubrick movie, but it’s no less valid than the 1968 masterpiece.

Check out NowThis Nerd’s exploration of the museum’s exhibit and Kirby’s amazing adaptation.  

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