Arlen Schumer Presents:
THE CENTENNIAL OF THE KING OF COMICS,
Captain America. Iron Man. Thor. The Avengers. Names that the American public recognizes as the leading Marvel Comics superheroes that Hollywood has made billion-dollar film franchises out of. What most people don’t recognize is the name of the comic book artist and storyteller whose out-of- this-world imagination, teamed with editor Stan Lee, spawned all those superheroes (and a legion of others for both Marvel and DC Comics): Jack Kirby, acknowledged by both professionals and fans alike as the single greatest artist and storyteller in the history of comic books. Join comic book art historian and illustrator Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he marks the centennial of Kirby’s birth with a retrospective about how an uneducated, first-American- generation son of European Jewish immigrants, growing up in the Lower East Side of New York City named Ya’akov Kurtzberg, became Jack “King” Kirby.