The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum Lecture Series presents “Mythology in Newsprint: Jack Kirby on Heroes, Demigods, and Comic Book Fandom,” a talk by Charles Hatfield, Professor of English, California State University, Northridge.
Artist Jack Kirby loved mythology, and became a mythmaker himself. In the 1960s, he redefined the comic-book superhero and populated the Marvel Universe with his characters. His sublime fantasies and heroes, including Marvel’s Avengers, X-Men, and Black Panther, brought mythic scope to comics, and his visions now fill the Marvel movies. In the 1970s, Kirby made superheroes grander still, even as he questioned the very nature of myth. In this talk, Charles Hatfield (Hand of Fire) examines stories from this last great phase of Kirby’s career, stories about hero worship, fandom, and how we use myths in our own lives.