Posted on Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Two decades later, he came up with Iron Man, the X-Men, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Nick Fury and many other Marvel Comics characters and stories in collaboration with Mr. Lee. That would have been enough for any legacy, but after leaving Marvel in 1970, Kirby singlehandedly conjured a multi-title mythology for rival DC Comics now known as the Fourth World saga. Incorporating galactic genocide, technology, mysticism and comedian Don Rickles, the unfinished Fourth World narrative is so uniquely convoluted that Mr. Gold compared it to James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake.”
"Kirby was like Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis in that his touch just elevated what he did," Mr. Gold said. "He turned [comics] from junk into something with real emotional depth."