While visiting New York, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Jack Kirby at 147 Essex St. and the result is one of the most wonderful photos I’ve ever seen. There’s another one with tour guide Frank Santoro here.
This is as good a place as any to note that a few blocks away on Avenue B, there’s an official city plaque noting the building where jazz great Charlie Parker lived. On many days, I pass by a plaque noting that Herman Melville wrote Billy Budd in the marked building. Over the years, I’ve suggested to a few people that 147 Essex needs an official marker as the birthplace of the great cartoonist Jack Kirby. I’m not sure how one goes about that with the city, but the building is still standing, and I suspect achieving this goal would not be impossible.
So I’m throwing this out there to you guys. If it can be done, it would make a great event to tie in to a New York Comic-Con or Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest or a MoCCA. It would just be a great event, period.
Tossing it out to you, group mind.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.