‘King Kirby’ Podcast Celebrates the LES-Born Marvel Legend

Posted on: February 18th, 2021 at 5:09 am by

Photo courtesy of The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center

In which the unsung hero of the Marvel universe gets his due. In a dramatic podcast.

The famed Jack Kirby – born Jacob Kurtzberg in 1917 and onetime resident of 147 Essex Street – was the illustrator who put pen to paper in co-creating comic book juggernauts like Captain America, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, and X-Men. And now it’s his turn to be in the spotlight.

Author Fred Van Lente and playwright Crystal Skillman, in association with the Broadway Podcast Network, have created a four-part audio drama, entitled King Kirby. It’s based on their Off-Broadway show of the same name, and tells the life story of the artistic superhero – his life on the Lower East Side, how he found himself on the battlefields of France during Word War II, and how he had to fight for the creative recognition he was ultimately denied by Marvel.

King Kirby debuted last week and is available on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.

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