Part 1 of a 2-part adventure.
Realizing the full impact of a genuinely inspired and iconic character; just classic, awesome stuff.
Confession: Years ago, when I would get dog-tired while working in some big/time-consuming project (like making a comic!) I would sometimes think of those stories of Jack Kirby drawing 4 pages a day, while at the same time being married, and having kids to raise, etc-- it helped to make me go "I have to go on!". Just like one could feel after watching "Rocky"!
Harlan Ellison has always been the paradigm for me-- giving it all at work, and then turning around and doing the same in his private life and as a member of the audience; between Kirby and Ellison's examples, we'll soon be ready for hospital beds, my brother!
Not in the sense of inspiring the work I was doing at the time, which were mainly samples of all type (from attempts of making drawings in the style of children books, to porn-- whatever could be of use to get me a first job involving pictures! ), but it was very inspiring because, for all the stories about Ellison being usually angry at something, those texts to me were so optimistic! Very powerful stuff, and I was so lucky to get to read that especially at that time, in my early 20s, when things looked a bit bleak. I barely know Ellison's bibliography, but those introductions were more than enough of a reason for me to have a high admiration for the guy!