Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The 5,000 Hats of Jack Kirby (one of a series)

Much like Raymond, everybody loves Jack. His dynamism and power is legendary in the world of comics. His innovative and explosive artwork has influenced hundreds of professionals and inspired thousands of fans. He draws the best superhero fights in the business. He's renowned for his far-out architecture, wild spaceship design, and his machinery, weaponry, and electronics are so powerfully distinctive that they have their own name: Kirbytech.

But the man who gave us Kirby Krackle also gave us a lasting legacy in his work of something much more mundane—his ability to create a lot of lids, a tribe of toppers, a conglomeration of chapeaux. To be precise: the man knew his hats. Visit with me the Amazing Haberdashery of Jack "King" Kirby as we view only some of The 5,000 Hats of Jack Kirby:

Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#3,185


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#2,591


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#1,118; 1,119; 1,120


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#4,139


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#2,069


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#3,528


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#448; 449; 450


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#853


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#2,715; 2,716


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#177


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#3,258


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#616


Just one of the 5000 hats of Jack Kirby
#1


11 comments:

Michael Jones said...

Magnificent! My hats off to you, Bully. (Hah, I'm the first to say it...)

mabster said...

Wow! That's ten times as many hats as Bartholomew Cubbins!!!

Bully said...

That's because Kirby is ten times the awesome!

And not, uh, because I couldn't remember the name of that book and then couldn't find it by Googling it because I had the wrong number, oh no sirree.

SallyP said...

Aaagghh! Galactus with short sleeves!

Gosh, Kirby had an insane imagination. And I did enjoy seeing Tony Stark in an opera hat.

So dapper.

Siskoid said...

Just because you've spoiled #1 (which in hindsight, could not have been anything else), I hope that doesn't mean this WON'T be a recurring feature.

More hats please!

David said...

And this is only for Fantastic Four. You could get another 5000 out of New Gods alone.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

Great post. It's a simple thing, but it really shows in microcosm just why Kirby is so revered. I want that hat that the pointy-moustache Skrull is wearing!

Rockie Bee said...

Well said. Kirby's fantastic helmets and crowns seem the only absolutely normal headgear to wear in the comics -- love that Namor crown.

km said...

Frankly, with all the other spectacular headgear flouncing 'round the Kirbyverse, I'm wondering how they kept Namor of all people happy with that comparatively itty-bitty coronet. Here's hoping he never winds up on a diplomatic mission to the Inhumans' nation.

Also...I have no idea why, but the phrase 'chair of survival' cracks me up every time I read it.

justJENN said...

I do love me a good hat.

Blockade Boy said...

Wish I'd thought of this. *grumbles*

What I wouldn't give for a shopping spree in a Kirby-themed haberdashery!