Thursday would have been late comic book artist Jack Kirby's 97th birthday. He's the man who co-created classic Marvel Comics characters including Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk, as well as numerous influential characters for DC Comics. He drew in a kinetic style, from war action scenes informed by his own time serving in the military to universe-spanning cosmic vistas.
Here's a look at six lesser-known facts about Jack "King" Kirby, considered by many the greatest comic book artist of all time.
1. Kirby created the Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot
Groot became a big part of the emotional heart in this summer's blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy," but before he was a spacefaring hero, he was a 1960 monster created by Kirby for the comic "Tales to Astonish." That book's cover called him "The monster from Planet X!" Groot was also more verbose at the time, before his language was cut down to simply "I am Groot."
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(L-R) Chairman & CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bruce Rosenblum, actor and television host Seth Meyers and executive producer Don Mischer roll out the red carpet at 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards press preview day held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 20, 2014 in Los Angeles.
The 66th annual Emmy Awards is trading its traditional Sunday night timeslot for Monday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. PT on NBC, with hosting duties going to "Saturday Night Live" alum and late-night host, Seth Meyers. Be your own host on television’s biggest night with this party planning primer. From ballots to bingo to drinking games, here’s everything you need (and need to know) to throw your own award-worthy event.
Step one: anticipation
Award shows and video gags go together like salsa and seltzer, which means there's plenty of material to help build your attendees' anticipation. Start by sharing this wink/nudge promo featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus trying to pawn her Emmy to Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Then, test your prescience with an Emmy ballot
Filling out an Emmy ballot presents a low-key opportunity to exhibit both your pop culture awareness and your academic superiority. Methodically choose your picks and let that competitive spirit shine in Prime Time.
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Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda in a "Legend of Zelda" commercial.
A lot of fans didn't know it, but Robin Williams was a huge video game fan, even naming his daughter Zelda after the popular "Legend of Zelda" character. Efforts have gained steam to immortalize Williams as a character in both an upcoming Zelda game and in the "World of Warcraft" online game.
"Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo. Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we've worked with multiple times.
"We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close."
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WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon accepts Triple H's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Update Saturday, Aug. 16 1:07 p.m. Vince McMahon joins in
After being called out by his son-in law Triple H, Vince McMahon has joined in the fun by taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He also is keeping it going with challenges to several celebrities who have previously been involved with WWE: Donald Trump, Maria Menounos and... Kermit the Frog.
Watch the video above, and watch the original challenge from Triple H below.
Previously: Triple H gets iced
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has encouraged people to pour buckets of ice over their heads while donating money to fight the disease, while also daring others to engage in the dare. It's all part of a viral effort to raise money to fight ALS, which the organization behind it says has been a huge success, raising millions more than they usually would. One of the latest celebrities to join up: World Wrestling Entertainment pro wrestler and company vice president Triple H.
Influential Southern California skateboarder Jay Adams has died, his manager Susan Ferris tells KPCC. Adams, known as "The Original Seed" of skateboarding, was 53.
"I received a text very early this morning from Alan Sarlo who is in Mexico on a surf trip with Jay and some others," fellow skater Stacy Paralta wrote for Thrasher Magazine. "In the text Alan said Jay had died of a massive heart attack at 1am this morning. Alan was apparently holding Jay in his arms as he passed."
Adams didn't have a history of heart problems, according to Ferris.
Adams was an original member of the Z-Boys skateboarding team (formally the Zephyr Competition Team) in the late 1970s in a part of Santa Monica and Venice known as Dogtown. Among other accomplishments, they were known as the first to ride in empty swimming pools. He was seen in the 2001 documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and represented in the film "Lords of Dogtown."