Kirby was great, and i continue to discover how great he was when I go back and read his stuff. There is a book out now that is written like “Kirby as Genre” called Godland which is by turns super fun and terribly dark – like the best of Kirby, I think. In Feb. of 2009, I wrote a small article about why I hated how DC handled the “death” of the New Gods, and I think it explains why I love the New Gods by elimination – If you care to read, here it is – http://sklabah.livejournal.com/16156.html
Happy belated Birthday, Mr. Kirby. You were one of a kind.