Marvel has announced that Jack Kirby will be receive this year's Disney Legends Award at July's D23 Expo. Other 2017 recipients include Stan Lee, Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.
"Jack Kirby first grabbed our attention in the spring of 1941 with Captain America, a character he created with Joe Simon," read a statement from Marvel. "Kirby then followed this debut with a prolific output of comic books in the Western, Romance, and Monster genres - all a prelude to his defining work helping to create the foundations of the Marvel Universe."
The Disney Legends awards honor people who have contributed to Disney's legacy, and will be presented by Disney CEO Bob Iger. The ceremony takes place at 10AM on July 14 in the main hall of Disney's D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California - just a little over a month prior to what would have been Jack Kirby's hundredth birthday on August 28.