Kirby Award

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Jack Kirby Award
Awarded for For achievement in comic books
Location San Diego Comic-Con
Country  United States
Presented by Amazing Heroes
First awarded 1985
Last awarded 1987
    Eisner Award
Harvey Award >

The Jack Kirby Award was an award for achievement in comic books, presented from 1985-1987. Voted on by comic-book professionals, the award was sponsored by Amazing Heroes magazine (which was published by Fantagraphics), and managed by Fantagraphics employee Dave Olbrich. The Kirby Award is named after the pioneering writer and artist Jack Kirby.

History[edit]

Although the balloting and voting was arranged by Amazing Heroes, the awards themselves were distributed at the annual San Diego Comic-Con, with Jack Kirby himself on hand to congratulate the winners.[1]

In 1987, a dispute arose when Olbrich and Fantagraphics, publisher of Amazing Heroes, each claimed ownership of the awards. A compromise was reached, and starting in 1988, the Kirby Award was discontinued[2] and two new awards were created: the Eisner Award, managed by Olbrich and named after Will Eisner; and the Fantagraphics-managed Harvey Award, named for Harvey Kurtzman.

List of Jack Kirby Award winners[edit]

Best Single Issue[edit]

Best Continuing Series[edit]

  • 1985 Swamp Thing, by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben (DC)
  • 1986 Swamp Thing, by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben (DC)
  • 1987 Swamp Thing, by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben (DC)

Best Black & White Series[edit]

Best Finite Series[edit]

Best New Series[edit]

Best Graphic Album[edit]

Best Artist[edit]

Best Writer[edit]

  • 1985 Alan Moore, for Swamp Thing (DC)
  • 1986 Alan Moore, for Swamp Thing (DC)
  • 1987 Alan Moore, for Watchmen (DC)

Best Writer/Artist (single or team)[edit]

  • 1986 Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, for Daredevil (Marvel)
  • 1987 Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, for Watchmen (DC)

Best Art Team[edit]

  • 1985 Steve Bissette and John Totleben, for Swamp Thing (DC)
  • 1986 George Pérez and Jerry Ordway, for Crisis On Infinite Earths (DC)
  • 1987 Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley, for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (DC)

Best Cover[edit]

  • 1985 Swamp Thing #34, by Steve Bissette and John Totleben (DC)

Best Comics Publication[edit]

Hall of Fame[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eisner Awards History," San Diego Comic-Con International official website. Accessed May 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Newswatch: Kirby Awards End In Controversy", The Comics Journal #122 (June 1988), pp. 19-20