King Kirby, a play by Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente

The craftsman of tomorrow, the maestro of the graphic image, the King of the drawn line… Jack Kirby is responsible for so many wonderful and outrageous creations throughout the long history of the comic book medium. If you ever read Adventures of Kavalier & Klay, Kirby’s life is a large part of the inspiration of that book (and far more interesting).

Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente have created a play honoring Jack Kirby… but they need our help to make it a reality.

So pledge today!


The hysterical and heartbreaking true story of artist Jack Kirby, “the King of the Comics,” at the 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival

KING KIRBY is a play by the husband-and-wife team of New York Times bestselling comics writer Fred Van Lente and NYIT award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman about the life and times of Jack Kirby, the great comic book artist who created or co-created some of your favorite heroes on the page and screen, Captain America, the Avengers, Thor, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Young Romance, the New Gods, Darkseid, The Demon… the list goes on and on.

From the Jewish ghetto of New York’s Lower East Side to the battlefields of France to the Senate hearings of 1950s, this is a hysterical and heartbreaking story about a man who pours his quintessentially Twentieth Century life into his comics, only to make the fateful mistake that sends him into obscurity while his creations become known to every person on Earth.

A real-life “Adventures of Kavalier & Klay”, King Kirby asks what happens when an artist doesn’t own his own legacy? Can he ever get it back?

King Kirby has been a long-term passion project of Fred’s; with Crystal’s help, it’s down on paper. Now, with your help, we’ll bring this astounding true story to life on stage.

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