Jack Kirby’s 1973 NFL Artwork Is Fantastic, Trippy As Hell

It’s hard to believe now, but in the early ’70s the National Football League wasn’t nearly as stifled and humorless as it is now. As proof of that, I present these pieces of original, commissioned artwork drawn by the legendary Jack Kirby for the NFL in 1973.

These fantastic illustrations were included as part of the October 21, 1973 issue of Pro!, the official magazine of the National Football League that was sold at every game, in a piece entitled “Out of Mind’s Reach.” They depict, among other things, futuristic versions of NFL players in action. I think my favorite one is for the Packers, who have somehow adopted an aquatic theme. Perhaps Wisconsin has warmed enough in the future to make that a practical move.

"Out of Mind's Reach" by Jack Kirby

Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
New York Giants
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers

"Out of Mind's Reach" by Jack Kirby