It’s Jack Kirby’s 103rd birthday today — or, I guess, the 103rd anniversary of his birth, considering he died more than two decades ago, so “birthday” feels a bit off. To mark the occasion, and the fact that this week also saw the 50th anniversary of the release of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #133, the first Fourth World comic, I sketched a quick Darkseid and posted it to Twitter.

This was, to say the least, unlike me; I share sketches very occasionally here, but never on Twitter, where people pay attention and my anxiety about sharing artwork gets the better of me. But it’s Kirby’s birthday, and I feel like he’s so much about creating things and being fearless about them, that it… felt appropriate…? So I did it, and lots of people liked it, and now I’m trying to get over my nerves and move on with my life.

I’m just adding it here, as much as anything, to have some kind of permanent record of it, because, you know what? I like this drawing, dammit.

(Here’s a very quickly colored version, although the colors took even less time than the drawing of it, which itself took… five minutes or less…?)

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