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Encyclopedia > Kirby Awards

The Kirby Awards were a short lived set of awards given for achievement in comic books. The full name of the awards was the Jack Kirby Awards, named after the pioneering comic book writer and artist.

The Kirby Awards were sponsored by Amazing Heroes magazine and were managed by Dave Olbrich. The awards were voted on by comic book professionals and were first given out in 1985. In 1987, a dispute arose when Olbrich and Fantagraphics (the company which published Amazing Heroes) both claimed ownership of the awards. A compromise was reached. Starting in 1988, the Kirby Awards were discontinued and two new awards were created; Olbrich began awarding the Eisner Awards and Fantagraphics began awarding the Harvey Awards.

The categories and winners of the Kirby Awards were:

Best Single Issue

Best Continuing Series

  • 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

Best Finite Series

Best New Series

  • 1985 Zot!, by Scott McCloud (Eclipse)
  • 1986 Miracleman, by Alan Moore and various artists (Eclipse)
  • 1987 The Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)

Best Graphic Album

Best Artist

Best Writer

  • 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)

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

Best Art Team

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

Best Cover

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

Best Comics Publication

  • 1985 Comics Buyer's Guide (Krause)

Hall of Fame

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