(Sir) Mac Meets (King) JackAugust 16, 2008
It’s no secret the Beatles were, and are, comic book fans. Remember that spread of vintage Golden Age Superman comic books spread across the front of the piano that Paul was playing on in the hotel scene in the film HELP!? And during the 60’s Stan Lee would occasionally namedrop the Beatles in his monthly columns. But one night n 1976 comic book collector Paul McCartney met one of his favorite comic book creators, artist-writer Jack Kirby. The song Magneto & Titanium Man was on Sir Paul’s 1975 release as Wings, Venus & Mars. Both, of course, are bad guys in various Marvel comic books. And Jack Kirby is perhaps the greatest comic book creator….ever!
During Wings’ Wings Over America tour in ’76 the band was slated for three nights at the Los Angeles Forum and Kirby associates Steve & Gary Sherman set up a meeting backstage between Sir Paul and ‘King’ Kirby. Kirby gave Sir Paul & Linda a 14” x 17” pencil drawing featuring Magneto and the band. (Visit THIS website to see drawing.) During the concert Kirby and his family and associates sat near the front row and during the band’s performance of Magneto & Titanium Man McCartney dedicated the song to Kirby.
Jack Kirby (1917 – 1994) was a huge part of my childhood growing up being an avid comic book reader & collector back during the 60’s. This is the man who created or co-created Captain America, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Silver Surfer, Hulk, New Gods, Ironman, Challengers of the Unknown and so many others. Truly a extraordinary talent and visionary.
If you visit the online Kirby Museum you can check out all the photos that Kirby’s daughter Lisa Kirby has posted as well as the pencil drawing given to McCartney in addition to some video clips from that night’s performance: JACK KIRBY MUSEUM
If you are a fan of Jack Kirby you need to buy the new Kirby: King of Comics book by Mark Evanier. You can get info HERE.