Known (in part) for his visual lectures on topics ranging from the Silver Age of comics to Jews and their influence in comic books to television shows like The Twilight Zone and Batman: The Animated Series, our buddy Arlen Schumer is at it again. This time, his subject is the King of Comics himself, Jack Kirby.

In honor of Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday, Arlen has created a new visual lecture covering Kirby’s life as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Check it out and let us know what your favorite Kirby work is in the comments below.

Illustrator and comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) marks the centennial of Kirby’s birth with a multimedia retrospective about how a first American-generation son of European Jewish immigrants, growing up in the Lower East Side of New York City named Ya’akov Kurtzberg, became acknowledged by both professionals and fans alike as the single greatest artist and storyteller in the history of comic books, Jack “King” Kirby. Filmed by Aaron Nabus of Hall H ( at the Palm Springs Comicon, November 12, 2017.

You can find out more about Arlen and his work on his website. You can also join his Facebook group dedicated to Jack Kirby here.