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(Sir) Mac Meets (King) Jack

August 16, 2008
Paul & Linda McCartney meet Jack Kirby, known as the 'King of Comics', in 1976 at the LA Forum. McCartney was (and is) a huge fan of Kirby's artwork and creations. Photo (c)2008 Jack Kirby Estate

Paul & Linda McCartney meet Jack Kirby, known as the ‘King of Comics’.

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.

 

 

Mark Evanier's new book on Jack Kirby. One of two.

Mark Evanier

 

 

 

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Proof I Am So-o-o-o-o Old!

August 5, 2008
Ringo Starr's granddaughter Tatia Jayne Starkey, 19, the first Beatle grandkid, has recently formed her own band.

Ringo Starr’s granddaughter Tatia Jayne Starkey, 22, the first Beatle grandkid, has recently formed her own band.

If you are a baby boomer this will make you feel R-E-A-L  O-L-D! Ringo Starr, now (gulp!) 68, was the first Beatle to become a grandfather when his son Zak Starkey now (gulp!) 43, currently the drummer for The Who, had his first child, a daughter named Tatia Starkey, born on September 7, 1985. Word has now come out that Tatia, 22, has started her own band dubbed Belakis.

 

Are we really that old? A Beatle grandkid playing in a band?

 

Tatia, who looks a lot like Grandpa Ringo, never took up the drums like Dad and Granddad, instead she is a bass player and it’s being reported a pretty good one at that. Tatia’s band has already performed some gigs in London and studio recordings and more dates are in the works.

 

….Sigh….

 

And while we’re on the subject of Beatles and Bingo Ringo (as Marc Bolan dubbed him) it was 37 years ago this past Sunday (August 3) that Ringo got his first gold record as a solo artist for his hit 45 “It Don’t Come Easy”, written by Ringo with George Harrison on guitar. It’s also one of my all time favorite songs and the lyric, “You gotta pay your dues if you want to sing the blues”, has been adopted by me as a personal philosophy to live by.

 

Interestingly, on that same day that Ringo got that gold record Paul McCartney announced the formation of his first post-Beatles band, Wings. The original lineup included his wife, Linda, ex-Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine and drummer Denny Seiwell, who’d played on McCartney’s Ram album.

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