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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Exploring Comic Con Culture? There's A Book About That – The Bleeding Cool ...Bleeding Cool News, April 17th
I've completed projects involving Alan Moore and Jack Kirby previously, and I've been consistently surprised by how the greats transcend the limitations of their medium—and the corporate structures that might otherwise suppress them—to make memorable ...Read more
Jack Kirby's comic book dream and how you made it come truemoviepilot.com, April 15th
50 years ago, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee had a dream - a dream of a world in which comics would be seen as a great art form in their own right. They believed passionately that such a world would come to be, and that it would do so not just because of the...Read more
Orbiting Around Captain America – Celebrating Kirby, Waid, Brubaker, Latour ...Bleeding Cool News, April 14th
We kick things off with Captain America: Marvel Masterworks 3, looking at Jack Kirby's return to the character he co-created with Joe Simon over 20 years prior, and the short run by the iconic Jim Steranko. Next, we skip forward to that dark time that...Read more
Marvel & Disney Rights Case For Supreme Court To Decide Says Jack Kirby ...Deadline.com, April 2nd
DJP LEGAL BADGE Just days before Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens, the heirs of Captain America, The Avengers and X-Men co-creator Jack Kirby are asking the kirby cap america Supreme Court to hand them back the rights to the comic ...Read more
What If Jack Kirby And Stan Lee Had Created Akira?io9, March 28th
We've seen numerous western superheroes drawn in the styles of Japanese manga artists, but what if famous Japanese characters had been designed by American artists? Jack Kirby's take on Akira might have been an American version worth looking at...Read more
Stan Lee confused by Jack Kirby controversyDigital Spy, March 24th
Stan Lee has addressed the long-running controversy over the credit received by co-creators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. The comics legend told Playboy that he was paid on the same freelance basis that his Spider-Man and Avengers collaborators were, and ...Read more
Stan Lee Bemused By Kirby Controversies, Not As Rich As You Think He IsComicsAlliance, March 19th
Like most expressions of Lee's history, the Playboy piece by David Hochman repeatedly references “Stan the Man” as “the creator” of characters including Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, while co-creators Jack Kirby an Steve Ditko's ...Read more
[Visions of Horror] Jack KirbyBloody Disgusting, March 19th
With a visually distinctive style, and a fiercely dynamic presence that still resonates within the comics community 20 years after his death, Jack Kirby's legacy is very much the heart of the industry, and continues to grow with the increasing...Read more