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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'Avengers: Age of Ultron': Thor's Individual Poster Revealed, Chris Hemsworth ...
International Business Times AU, March 2nd

His character was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. Hemsworth has played Thor in the first two “Thor" and "Thor: The Dark World;" however, his character will be reportedly different in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” His personality will be...Read more

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

While he was alive, Kirby was insufficiently appreciated by “clueless corporate executives and close-minded comics professionals,” says Evanier. Randolph Hoppe—the treasurer of the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center non-profit, which encourages ...Read more

Birth Announcements
Daily Journal Online, February 28th

Tim Simons and Melissa Boyer are the parents of a son born February 2, 2015 at Parkland Health Center in Farmington. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was named Jack Kirby. Siblings, Seth and Isaiah Boyer; grandparents, Darrell McCubbins and the ...Read more

Jack Kirby, "King of Comics", mis à l'honneur
Le Huffington Post, February 24th

CULTURE - Jack Kirby n'a pas l'aura, ni la notoriété de Hergé ou de Hugo Pratt dans nos contrées, alors que sa contribution à la culture populaire mondiale est équivalente. Dessinateur (et parfois scénariste) de bandes dessinées américaines, il est le ...Read more

Is Justice League 3000 Taking Place On Earth 51?
Bleeding Cool News, February 12th

This fits in line with the back-story Ice is telling in the most recent issue of Justice League 3000. She existed in a late 80's lighter-style DC Universe that was crushed by the Great Disaster and quickly became the “Kamandi Earth” from Jack Kirby's...Read more

Jack Kirby, le super-créateur à l'honneur à Angoulême
Francetv info, February 1st

Avec une rétrospective consacrée à Jack Kirby (1917-1994), l'un des créateurs les plus importants de l'histoire de la bande dessinée aux Etats-Unis. De"Captain America" à "L'incroyable Hulk" en passant par "Les 4 fantastiques", il a participé à la...Read more

Marvel & Jack Kirby Heirs Settle Legal Battle Ahead Of Supreme Court Showdown, September 26th

Just days before the Supreme Court was set to take the matter into conference, Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have settled their long running legal dispute over the comic legend's rights to the characters he created or co-created. Here's their...Read more

Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby
NPR, August 28th

If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy, you know Groot — the singing, dancing, crime-fighting tree. Groot was created by comics legend Jack Kirby, who's also responsible for Captain America and was the co-creator of the Avengers and the X-Men. Kirby...Read more