"Work for hire" is the situation that an illustrator like Kirby, or a session musician, might work under. He was paid cash for his work but didn't retain any ownership. At the time, the idea was that the work was ephemeral trash anyways; but now, years later, it's proven to be valuable.
The Fourth World was Kirby's set of fantasy/science-fiction stories at DC. He got to do pretty much what he wanted and he went nuts with it.
Mister Miracle was maybe the character that's most closely identified with Kirby. He's an escape artist refugee who lives in the suburbs and is married to an action heroine.
The Banshees of Inisherin is a 2022 film partly about legacy that explores the question “Does being a decent person matter?”
Thundarr the Barbarian was a 1980s cartoon about a post-apocalyptic adventurer. Kirby did some design work and by all accounts was paid fairly and treated well.
Kamandi was a post-apocalyptic comic about the last boy on Earth, an Earth now populated by talking animals. It seems like it was heavily influenced by Planet of the Apes, even though Kirby hadn’t seen the movie when he created the comic.
Holy Mountain is a film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, financed partly by John Lennon, which is difficult to explain. It's surrealistic, absurd and mind-blowing, and it really seems Kirby-influenced.
Kirby Krackle is a visual effect that Kirby was known for. If there was energy coursing through something, he might illustrate it with weird dots around it.
Mezzo Mix is totally the most normal thing in the world.
We discuss Kit-Kats in Japan, which have been incredibly successful there, in part because their name sort of sounds like "good luck" in Japanese. There are many, many variations on the traditional Kit-Kat flavor in Japan. Some of these have come to America as well.
Below are the Top Ten and Bottom Top items on List of Every Damn Thing as of this episode (for the complete up-to-date list, go here).
Dolly Parton - person
interspecies animal friends - idea
sex - idea
bicycles - tool
Jack Kirby - person
coffee - beverage
Clement Street in San Francisco - location
Prince - person
It’s-It - food
Doctor Doom - fictional character
297. British Royal Family - institution 298. Steven Seagal - person 299. McRib - food 300. Hoarders - TV show 301. death - idea 302. war - idea 303. cigarettes - drug 304. patriarchy - idea 305. QAnon - idea 306. transphobia - idea
Theme song by Jade Puget. Graphic design by Jason Mann. This episode was produced & edited by Jake MacLachlan. Show notes by Jake MacLachlan & Phil Green.