Kirbyvision: a Jack Kirby Tribute at Corey Helford Gallery

Whether you hold an interest in comic books or not, I guarantee that you will recognise Jack Kirby’s artistic influence. Widely recognized as one of the most influential creators in comic book history, Jack’s prolific journey across the decades has heavily influenced how comics books have evolved. Some of the most well-known characters that he created, or co-created, include Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Hulk, Darkseid and the New Gods. Yet this is only the tip of his creative iceberg. The “scope of Kirby’s contributions to pop culture at large” is an incredible feat – one which Corey Helford Gallery, partnering with Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center, are celebrating on June 29th.

To celebrate, Corey Helford Gallery will be hosting a large group exhibition featuring over 70 artists alongside original works by Jack Kirby himself. Each artist has created a bespoke new work inspired by Jack Kirby, celebrating the worlds and characters he has created, and the influence this has had on them. Meticulously curated, the artists exhibiting are some of the best in the New Contemporary art scene. The array of well-known visuals, reinterpreted in multiple styles, promises to be a fascinating journey as you walk around Corey Helford Gallery; this isn’t to be missed!

Corey Helford Gallery and the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center present:

Kirbyvision: A Tribute to Jack Kirby

A group exhibition celebrating Kirby’s artwork and profound influence on comics, art, and popular culture.


Opening reception: June 29, 2024 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm 

Dates: June 29 – August 3, 2024


571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Call: (310) 287-2340

Featuring works by:

A. Sunter, Ana Bagayan, Andrea Mutti, Atta Boy, Bruce Simon, Eric Joyner, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Jason Shawn Alexander, Lamour Supreme, Luke Chueh, Mariko, Martin Meunier, Michael Avon Oeming, Paul Frank, Patrick McDonnell, Richard Ahnert, Ryan Heshka, Simone Legno of Tokidoki, Skinner, The London Police, Yulia Pustoshkina, and many more.

Open to the public and free of charge, Kirbyvision: A Tribute to Jack Kirby is set to debut on Saturday, June 29th from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm in the Main Gallery, alongside original artworks by Jack Kirby in Gallery 3 and a solo show by Canadian illustrator and designer Bennett Slater, titled YONDER!, in Gallery 2. Both shows will be on view through August 3rd.

Silver Surfer by Carlos Soca

From press release:

Throughout his half-century career, Kirby stretched the boundaries of comic art and storytelling with his innovative style. His storytelling is characterized by wild physicality that draws the reader’s eye from panel to panel, breathing life into static images in a way that few comic artists ever have.

His use of multi-layered “deep space” was integral to this as well as extreme anatomical foreshortening. Stylistic hallmarks such as his trademark “Kirby Krackle” have become the industry shorthand for strange, indescribable cosmic energies. Kirby’s squiggles, whether indicating metallic shine, futuristic and alien machinery/circuitry, or dynamic musculature, are enshrined in the comic book visual storytelling vocabulary.

His later intricate costume designs also invoke a cosmic comic book quintessence: Kirby headgear is a genre unto itself. Kirby machines are unlike any others, whether weapons, portals, or vehicles, they all draw in the eye and electrocute the viewing mind with their sublime technology.

Kirby’s artworks are as powerful today as the day they were created, and his influence lives on, as seen in the remarkable new works created for this very special exhibition.

A Little Thunder by Mariko

“While I was raised to appreciate Modern Art, it’s always been my dream, as a comic collector, to have a show with Jack Kirby. And now I have one and I hope it inspires everyone else the way it inspired me. His work is thrilling, dynamic, fun and if it doesn’t make you want to burst into flames, or stretch your arm around the block or surf the stars, then I don’t know what will.”

Bruce Helford, Co-founder of Corey Helford Gallery

About Jack Kirby:

Jack Kirby (1917-1994) was more than just a comic book artist: he was a storyteller, an innovator, and a visionary. His early work with Joe Simon on Captain America in the early 1940s saw characters breaking panel borders and narrative conventions as they fought across the pages. As superheroes fell out of favour for a period after World War II, he and Simon helped revitalize the industry with work on crime, war, sci-fi, and monster comics, while inventing the romance comic genre. By the time Kirby was doing what became his most famous and enduring work at Marvel in the 1960s, he was a seasoned veteran, yet only just coming into the full power of his creativity.

From the earliest Fantastic Four and Thor stories, Kirby crafted an entire industry that now fuels billion-dollar blockbuster movies and prestige TV shows. Kirby’s prolific but strained working relationship/partnership with Stan Lee couldn’t fully satisfy his overabundance of storytelling ideas, and he left Marvel in 1970 for chief competitor DC Comics, where he served as writer, artist, and editor on his own line of books, creating an entirely new cosmology that remains a cornerstone of that company’s storytelling, over 50 years after he left the very titles he founded.

Biblical in tone and mythical in scope, Kirby’s 1970s output remains some of the most startlingly ambitious work ever put on display in mainstream superhero comics. His ideas and storytelling techniques continue to inform virtually everyone who puts pencil to paper in the industry.

Kirby’s stories look for the best, most universal qualities of the human experience, even as the characters themselves reach beyond the cosmos. If there were a Mt. Rushmore of 20th century pop culture storytelling, Kirby should be etched alongside fellow visionaries like George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry, and Steven Spielberg.

Hellboy 2 by Andrea Mutti

About Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center:

The Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center is organized exclusively for educational purposes; more specifically, to promote and encourage the study, understanding, preservation, and appreciation of the work of Jack Kirby. They are committed to illustrating the scope of Kirby’s multi-faceted career, communicating the stories, inspirations, and influences of Jack Kirby, celebrating the life of Jack Kirby and his creations, and building an understanding of comic books and comic book creators. To this end, the Museum sponsors and otherwise supports study, teaching, conferences, discussion groups, exhibitions, displays, publications, and cinematic, theatrical, and multimedia productions. For more info, visit KirbyMuseum.org.

About Corey Helford Gallery:

Established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer/creator Bruce Helford, Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goal as an institution is supporting the growth of artists, from the young and emerging, to the well-known and internationally established. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture. Collectively, their artists encompass style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti, and Street Art. Located in downtown Los Angeles in a robust 12,000 square foot building, CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every six weeks.

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About Author

Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk enjoys a life surrounded by art, nature, and curious trinkets. As Deputy Editor, she's worked closely with the Editor-in-Chief for over a decade, supporting with the design and growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the maintenance of the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. Natalia also oversees sponsor partnerships for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, and distribution of the magazine, so drop her an email if you know someone who would like to sponsor or stock! She also writes for both the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and print publication. One of her favourite perks is getting to know artists, gallery owners and their teams personally, so feel free to email her if there is anything she can help you with – or just to connect.


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