MTV Geek wishes the prolific Keith Giffen a very happy birthday today. Where do we begin when listing his many accomplishments and contributions to comic books? His epic run on Legion of the Superheroes? The creation of the character Lobo? The side-splitting antics of Ambush Bug and the Justice League? His work on countless titles, such as Doctor Fate, Suicide Squad, 52, Doom Patrol, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and XO Manowar?
Giffen started his comic book career in the 1970s, with the black-and-white series "The Sword and the Star" in Marvel Preview. He then went on to draw the Defenders, gaining a fan following in the process. He began drawing and then also writing the title Legion of the Superheroes, a run that would span the 80s and 90s, and co-created the late 80s Justice League International along with JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire. Since then, he has written and/or drawn literally scores of different comics, including 52, Countdown to Final Crisis, and the Marvel Annihilation event.
A Jack Kirby influence is often very present in Giffen's art. In an interview with "Kirby Collector" magazine, Giffen had this to say about the impact of Jack: "Jack was something that grew on me, like a taste for martinis. It was only after I began I realized all the work he had done and all the memories I had that were locked into him that I began to understand how important he was."
Below are a few of the many covers of comics featuring Giffen's work: