Jack Kirby, “Street Code” (1990) (courtesy the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center)
We remember Jack Kirby as “The King” of comics for good reason. The legendary co-creator of Marvel’s Fantastic Four Black Panther, Mighty Thor, Captain America, and DC’s Fourth World — among dozens of other beloved comic book characters — is probably best-known today for the impact he made on the stock prices of companies like Disney and Warner Bros., which rake in billions of dollars from his creations. But it’s worth noting that, like Captain America, Kirby came from a real place: New York City, where many of his superheroes fought their battles, and specifically Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Though the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center, the nonprofit that honors the King’s legacy, has no brick-and-mortar address, they are looking to pay homage to Kirby’s NYC upbringing with a walking tour on what would be the creator’s 102nd birthday. The museum invites fans to gather on Wednesday, August 28, at 6:30 pm in the Lower East Side on Delancey Street just east of the corner of Essex St. (near Richie’s and Fabco Shoes) for a walking tour, according to information provided by the museum. The tour will include “a visit to Jack’s birthplace, a guerrilla street theater reading of his autobiographical story ‘Street Code’ near where he grew up, trivia questions (with prizes!), and ending with a mixer at a local haunt (TBD!)” The King would be proud.
When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 6:30 pm (free, donations encouraged)
Where: Delancey Street, just east of Essex St. (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
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