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The Life and Times of Jack Kirby. This book will feature personal photographs, artwork and a never-before-seen play written by Jack. Read more

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The Life and Times of Jack Kirby. This book will feature personal photographs, artwork and a never-before-seen play written by Jack.

About this project

Stretch Goal $30,000:  With our stretch goals, we will try to include more full color Collages in the book as well as more colored pages.  This will allow us to showcase more color photographs of Jack and up the quality of the paper.  I am very excited to bring these to all of you and even without hitting this stretch goal, I will try to include as many full color pictures and collages as possible!  I will be posting pictures of these in the next few days.

My grandfather and I.
My grandfather and I.

Hello everyone, I am Jeremy Kirby, Jack Kirby's grandson.  Years ago (1997 to be exact) I wrote a screenplay and shared it with my grandmother.  She did what every grandmother would do after reading her grandson's story and told me how wonderful it was.  But then she stopped for a moment as if pausing to think.  She had me wait where I was and I saw her go into her closet.  She reached into a box that was on a shelf and pulled out a dusty old folder.  She handed it to me and said "your grandfather would have wanted you to have this."  It was a play that he had written.  I have since showed the play to friends of the family and not one had ever heard of its existence.

My grandfather had kept the play to himself for all those years and it is time for it to be brought forth so everyone can enjoy it.  This, combined with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and personal art from Jack's early years through the 1980's, is a dream that I would like to see come to fruition.

I would like this to be a coffee table sized book reprinting the play in its undisturbed state as well as full color photographs and art.

The pictures here are a sampling of some of the amazing photographs that I have in my collection and would like to share with all of you.

Stop The Panzers
Stop The Panzers

Risks and challenges

Scanning in the hundreds of old pictures will take some time. Many of these pictures are pasted in old photo albums and some are on old slides. The play, will most likely have to be re-typed. Although the thought has come to mind to literally reproduce it off by photographing each individual page. Although it will take some time to get this done, I am confident the finished product will look as beautiful as the original pictures.

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