Born on August 28, 1917, Jack Kirby taught himself to draw when he was a young boy in New York, taking the “Flash Gordon” newspaper comic strip and other sources as his inspirations. He enrolled in the prestigious Pratt Institute but dropped out on his first day, largely due to the financial strain of tuition on his family.

Kirby’s first job as a professional illustrator was as an in-betweener at the Max Fleisher studios, where he helped with “Popeye” cartoons. After working for Lincoln Newspaper Syndicate as a cartoonist and then for Victor Fox as a comic book illustrator, Kirby began drawing for Joe Simon at Timely Comics Company in 1941.

Timely had only two stars—the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. Simon and Kirby created a number of new characters, the most notable of which was Captain America. From there, Simon and Kirby went to work for the Detective Comics Company (known as DC), where they created “The Newsboy Legion” and “The Boy Commandos,” both of which fought the evil Axis powers in their adventures.

In the late 1950s, Kirby was doing much of his work for Marvel Comics. In 1961, with Marvel’s head writer and editor, Stan Lee, Kirby helped create the “Fantastic Four,” which inaugurated a new era of Marvel superheroes. In the years to come, Kirby helped illustrate and generate stories for “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Mighty Thor,” “The Avengers,” X-Men,” and more. Often Kirby’s role was to draw the first issue to get it off to a good start, and then let other artists at Marvel take over from there.

In 1970, Kirby resigned from Marvel and began working for National-DC comics as an artist, writer, and editor. At DC, Kirby helped generate the “Fourth World” series, spawning a whole new universe of modern mythology. Kirby returned to Marvel in 1975 but left for the last time in 1978. He passed away in 1994.

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ECCC 2015: Dark Horse Comics Builds Characters! Panel
Newsarama, March 28th

“It's sort of like Jack Kirby on even more acid. But he's not, we're both clean and sober.” Next, a video showing art from Girlfiend by the Pander Brothers plays, with the words, “All she wants is a guy who doesn't mind she's a vampire,” ending with...Read more

Russo Brothers Will Direct 'Avengers: Infinity War'
STACK News, March 27th

Based on the comic books by Jack Kirby and Jim Starlin, the screenplay was written by Captain America franchise writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Few details have been revealed about the storyline of Infinity War, but it's clear that the...Read more

State of the Art: Scott Kolins on Imagination and Collaboration in Past Aways
Paste Magazine, March 27th

Dark Horse will officially announce the mini-series about “classic heroes versus twisted monsters” today at Emerald City Comicon. Kolins describes it as a mix of Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four and John Carpenter's The Thing, “in a primordial Burroughs-ish ...Read more

Jim Shaw's media-saturated art comes to Mass MoCA
Boston Globe (subscription), March 26th

Then there's Thor. And Dr. Strange. Then there's Hercules as drawn by Jack Kirby. These two figures are Adam and Eve, except Eve is taken from a movie in which Hedy Lamarr appeared naked in the '30s, called 'Ecstasy.' And she's with Bigfoot...Read more

Multiversal March Madness: DC's Tangent Universe Vs. Jack Kirby's Kamandi, March 25th

ComicBook.Com's Multiversal March Madness continues! Though DC and Marvel Comics are breaking the piggy bank on their endless realities with events Convergence and Secret Wars later this spring, the bracket fever from the NCAA March Madness has ...Read more

Jack Kirby
Télé, March 24th

Outre une biographie passionnante signée Jean Depelley, Jack Kirby, le superhéros de la BD (éd. Neofelis), qui révèle un personnage digne d'un film de Capra, trois de ses œuvres majeures sont publiées pour la première fois en version intégrale : O.M.A...Read more

Code Name: STEAM Review: Jack Kirby's Adventure
Paste Magazine, March 11th

Cut-scenes scan from panel to panel, and the character designs resemble Jack Kirby artwork, blocky characters with elaborately armored costumes in foreshortened poses. Even if your tolerance for steampunk is depleted, S.T.E.A.M.'s light-hearted nature ...Read more

Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby
Algemeiner, February 28th

Randolph Hoppe—the treasurer of the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center non-profit, which encourages the study, understanding, preservation, and appreciation of Kirby's work— tells that Kirby fans usually have one particular question ...Read more