Not too long ago, I wrote a post mentioning a great pairing of a cartoonist and a filmmaker I both admire; today, on the culture site (“Middlebrow is not the solution”), I have a short essay on another pairing of a great cartoonist and a great filmmaker, although the results from that one — Jack Kirby’s adaptation of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey — are more decidedly mixed. Here’s the link to the essay:

The essay is attached to a series hosted by hilobrow called Kirb Your Enthusiasm, in which several writers took on a panel from Jack Kirby’s staggeringly prodigious oeuvre, meditating on his affects and effects. I highly recommend the series — a great exegesis on a peculiar and influential artist, in bit-size increments. Each essay has a scan of the panel in question, which you can click on and blow up to pseudo-Lichtensteinian proportions:

Kirb Your Enthusiasm

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