Separated at birth:
Here's a Jack Kirby drawing of the Fighting American, a character he created after he got screwed out of Captain America and figured if the entire American comics industry was going to build itself up by copying him, he could do worse than ripping himself off.
Here's a detail from the astounding new Yuichi Yokoyama book, Color Engineering (much more on which soon). There's no way this is a coincidence.
I've often wondered about Yokoyama's stylistic similarity to Kirby, usually concluding that it must just be one of those things. I'm not sure how available Kirby's work is in Yokoyama's native Japan, and from what I understand he doesn't hold a particularly high place in the Japanese canon of comics either. But here's Japan's best cartoonist, Yokoyama, doing a straight-up Kirby quote. Now I'm thinking the perceived disconnect between Yokoyama's world and Kirby's is mainly in the way they're marketed: Kirby has the commercial empires of Marvel and DC pushing him, Yokoyama goes through one of the US's artiest publishers to get his work out here in the States. I read Yokoyama's drawing of a Kirby character as the kind of homage to the master that it seems like every American cartoonist performs at least once, as well as a simple, bold reading of Kirby himself. That stuff may be filling the millionaires' pockets today, but it's still as crazy and adventurous as it ever was. After this drawing, the spirit of Kirby hangs over the rest of Color Engineering, adding a welcome varnish of pop-comics sensibility to the stunning new work of one of the form's premier avant-gardists.