Sherwin Tjia is a Montreal-based poet, painter, and illustrator. He is the author, most recently, of Serial Villain, The Hipless Boy, and the first in the Pick-a-Plot Adventure series You Are a Cat! In his spare time he organizes Slowdance Nights, Crowd Karaoke sing-a-longs, and Strip Spelling Bees.
In this book, Charles Hatfield examines the artistic legacy of one of America's true comic book giants. He analyzes the development of Kirby's cartooning technique, his use of dynamic composition, the recurring themes and moral ambiguities in his work, his eventual split from Lee, and his later work as a solo artist. Against the backdrop of Kirby's earlier work in various genres, Hand of Fire examines the peak of Kirby's career, when he introduced a new sense of scope and sublimity to comic book fantasy.