Timm & Klein honor ‘The King’ on San Diego souvenir book

Comic-Con International’s annual publication will pay tribute to Jack Kirby, in honor of his 100th birthday.

Every year Comic-Con International in San Diego pays tribute to various anniversaries in their annual Souvenir Book, which features artists contributing pieces related to whatever comic or pop culture phenomenon is celebrating a milestone. With the upcoming 100th birthday of legendary comics creator Jack Kirby, this year’s edition will feature a cover by Bruce Timm of Batman: The Animated Series fame (which is also celebrating an anniversary) that honors the King in two ways.

Timm and award-winning letterer Todd Klein pay homage to Kirby’s cover to Superman’s Pal: Jimmy Olsen #141:

Here’s the original cover:

Superman’s Pal: Jimmy Olsen #141

The Souvenir Book is free to all attendees of the con, and this year’s edition clocks in at 272 pages. In addition to Kirby, this year’s edition also honors Will Eisner’s 100th birthday, the 75th anniversaries of Crime Does Not Pay and Mighty Mouse, the 50th anniversaries of Batgirl and Marvel’s Captain Marvel, and the 25th anniversaries of Batman: The Animated Series and Image Comics.

Update: Klein talks about designing the logo for this project over on his blog.

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